Kim: Where does texture have the most impact when creating a tactile kitchen experience?
Kathryn E: Texture draws attention. Therefore, areas where you want to draw attention or create a focal point benefit from the most texture. I'll often amp up the texture on an island or decorative hood.
Eryn: I like using cabinet hardware. Selecting a material that gives character and additional detail while adding color to create a focal point is a simple way to create something that visually stands out and adds a textural element.
Nikki Foret: Close attention to the cabinetry plays a significant role in adding texture to a kitchen design. You can add depth and interest with the finishes used, the décor style of the door, and using distressing or heir looming techniques to give the cabinets visual appeal and character. This is something that could be achieved by simple refacing of cabinets or with all-new cabinetry.
Kathryn J: I feel a common misconception is staying neutral with your backsplash. It is fun to bring color, patterns, and texture through tile. And the good thing about it? So much easier to change up than cabinetry colors once you want a change.
Kim: What is the most interesting material you have used to provide texture?
Rhi: GLASS! I have been obsessed with using glass everywhere I can lately! Like a classy homage to the ostentatious 80s—I love the glamor that it adds. I've used it as a backsplash and even in a shower.
Kathryn J: Have you ever heard of Tambour?! It is flexible wood panels that can be used for walls, ceilings, pole wraps, wainscoting, and doors. Such a fun texture to wrap an island in! It works well in any color and brings such a statement.
Nikki: I love using natural materials to add texture and visual interest to a space. Reclaimed wood has been very fun to use; it's better for the environment than new wood and has so much
character to add to a space. Whether using it as floating shelves or to wrap a hood or leg posts, it's sure to give your kitchen the depth and texture you crave.
Eryn: I agree! Wood adds warmth, texture, tone, and details that most other finish items lack.
Kathryn E: Once, we repurposed whisky barrel staves for the backside of an island. Not only did the wood staves add texture, but the streaked staining from the whiskey added character.
Kim: What is one easy way to add texture without significant renovations?
Nikki: A backsplash can do wonders for a kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. Changing a plain white square tile to an intricate, colored, arabesque shape gives the kitchen a completely different feel and vibe.
Kathryn E: Yes, replacing and upgrading backsplash tile is not hard, but it makes a huge impact.
Rhi: I agree, swapping out the backsplash with something creative! Sometimes you can even install the new backsplash on top of the old backsplash without having to demo it. Also--paint the backsplash! I've painted an outdated natural stone backsplash before, and it turned out amazing. Matte paint on top of the natural texture of stone gives just the right pop of subtle texture.
Eryn: shelving and backsplash are two major wow items that do not have to be expensive. These can both add texture and detail to dress up an otherwise boring space.
Kathryn J: Believe it or not… floating shelves! There is this traditional mindset that kitchens should be all closed cabinetry, etc. But it doesn't have to be! Think about those few areas that you could expose and feature your best dishes and décor. The material you choose for the shelves themselves could bring another element of warmth, and the materials you decide to highlight brings a personal touch.