Texture softens a sparse room Design: Touches of fabric smooth things out and finish the look of a space.

February 23, 1997|By Rita St. Clair | Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE

Texture is one of the most important components of successful interior design. That's especially true in regard to contemporary settings, which are usually much more sparsely appointed than traditional rooms.

Typically, contemporary interiors are put together with form and color foremost in mind. A professional designer knows, however, that texture represents a key ingredient that, as in cooking, "completes the dish."

Texture is most easily introduced into a room by means of fabrics.

Such a strategy was applied to the bedroom shown in the photo, which is taken from Carol Soucek King's book, "Designing With Fabric," published by PBC International.

As King points out, fabric not only adds color and pattern but also can reinforce a room's styling. Let's consider that factor as we examine this interior, designed by Stan Taylor.

It has an unmistakably contemporary look that borrows freely from Asian as well as modern European styles. Japanese chests are visible on both sides of the room, while a kilim rug covers a bench at the foot of the bed. Plain, white-painted walls frame the upholstered recess behind the headboard, which is flanked by suspended, polished-stone shelves that serve as matching night tables.

The upholstered wall section, the bolsters and the bedspread are all covered with leather woven with a warp of mercerized cotton. Taylor and his partner, E. M. Nittler, produce these leather textiles through their company ENT.

Imagine for a moment how this room might look in the absence of the textured fabrics, including the kilim rug, that cover most of the surface space. It would probably have a much harder and colder tone. The textiles certainly help soften the feel of this sparsely decorated bedroom. At the same time, their tautly tailored appearance enhances the smoothness and serenity of the overall design.

Pub Date: 2/23/97

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