See How Textures Add Contrast and Visual Interest
Courtesy of Keystone Kitchen & Bath
Mixing tones and textures can give warmth and visual appeal to any room.
Texture adds contrast and interest to your kitchen surfaces. Think of texture in both tactile and visual terms. The texture of some materials becomes apparent when you feel it. Others have strong patterns or designs that create visual interest. A good design will typically mix three to four textures in the kitchen.
Here's how some products and materials can add texture to the kitchen:
Laminate and solid surface
Smooth tactile texture; visual interest from decorative patterns
Smooth surface with visual interest from granules and patina
Smooth finishes with visual interest from wood grain: maple offers cleanest, less grainy look; cherry has a little more grain; and oak and pine show the most
Unglazed offers rough tactile texture, while glazed will be smooth; visual interest comes from patterns and cut
Generally smooth to the touch but visual interest from pits and discolorations
Smooth feel with sleek visual interest
Vinyl and linoleum
Smooth surfaces with visual interest from decorative patterns
Both tactile and visual texture from materials such as pressed metal, plaster, exposed brick and concrete, and exposed beams and rafters