How to Mix Textures for Maximum Impact

June 2, 2017 by Leanne

Texture plays a huge role in how a space looks and feels. Whether smooth or nubby, soft or rough, texture adds both visual and tactile interest to a room. What’s more, texture can help you express a theme or style. For example, lace and white wicker are inherently romantic, distressed wood is rustic, metals and acrylics are modern, while silk draperies and polished woods lean toward traditional. And now the fun begins! Mixing these textures and styles creates an eclectic space that is inviting, multi-dimensional and very on trend.

Curated Collection

Curated Collection

Let’s look at some tips for mixing textures and a furniture collection that does it beautifully.

  • Think contrast. The trick to mixing textures is to fearlessly contrast. Mix sleek and glossy with coarse and rugged. Add a sparkling mirror to a rustic room; place sleek metal furniture on rough wood floor; try an embroidered throw pillow on a modern leather sofa.
  • Create a focal point. An exciting way to mix textures is to choose a focal point in a style/texture that’s different from the room’s theme. For example, opt for a rugged iron canopy bed in a bedroom with traditional glossy wood furniture.
  • Unify with colour. A neutral palette or use of a single colour across textures prevents a space from becoming overwhelmed by diversity. Keep colour subdued when you want to showcase a wide variety of textures – there’s so much beauty in texture, it doesn’t need intense hues or patterns.
  • Balance with some repetition. Again, you need to ground mixed textures with some commonality. The Curated Collection featured here does it perfectly with clean lines across all pieces. It’s wonderfully simple and sleek with minimal curves. Look for ways to harmonize by echoing furniture textures in your accessories or by repeating a leg style, for example.
Curated Collection

Curated Collection

Meet the Curated Collection.

The Curated Collection brings a mix of furniture styles, medias, tones and textures together artfully. The impression is relaxed yet sophisticated – and incredibly chic. This is mix and match at its finest, allowing you to express your personal style with confidence. Upholstered elements, metal accents and rustic woods mix effortlessly and harmoniously. For example, you can pair an upholstered bed with a rustic accent table or try it with a metal table. The effect is totally different, but either way, the combination is unified and pleasing!

One of the very best things about the Curated Collection is its versatility. Blend it with furnishings you already own – anything from French Country to Urban Chic – or recreate your home with this gorgeous line! There are pieces for the bedroom, dining room, office and living room. There’s a wonderful freedom in knowing everything coordinates yet never looks matched or contrived.

Mixing textures requires just a little know how and a great spirit of adventure! Experiment and enjoy!

How to Achieve the Farmhouse Look in Your Home

May 26, 2017 by Leanne

Rounding out our advice series from our Visual Design Team, let’s take a look at how to achieve the popular farmhouse look in your home. Melissa, Amanda and Carolyn, our Visual Merchandisers, have created a gorgeous vignette to provide inspiration and guidance.

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

  • Magnolia Home. Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home collection epitomizes farmhouse styling, yet it has sophisticated, feminine touches that keep the pieces from being too rugged. It’s uncontrived, welcoming, often distressed and always relaxed. Check out the curved and straight legs, the ornate detailing, the mix of finishes – eclectic yes, but still cohesive. Says Amanda, “Magnolia Home makes the ideal foundation for farmhouse comfort. It’s versatile and inviting.”
  • Natural Elements. Farmhouse styling brings the outside in. The Magnolia-inspired moss wall with hydrangea accents provides a natural backdrop for laidback farmhouse living. Carolyn (who recreated it), states, “This nature-infused piece becomes the focal point of the vignette.” In fact, all the accessories in the setting draw from nature – birds, flowers, metals and wood.
  • Vintage. Old and new live in perfect harmony! The vintage Toledo scale works well in this farmhouse setting, complementing the iron handles and metallic accents on the Magnolia Home pieces.
  • Muted tones. In keeping with natural influences, the colour scheme here is muted and soft – primarily pale greens/blues, lots of ivory tones and soft white, using pops of orange/coral for warmth. Melissa explains, “We generally stick to a simple, unfussy palette, using just a couple of colours with shade variations.”


Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

More Farmhouse Styling Tips!

If you’re in love with farmhouse styling (and who isn’t these days?), here are some more tips from our Visual Design Team.

  • Keep it cohesive. Eclectic is good, random isn’t! Carolyn says, “Find common ground whether in upholstery colour, proportion, styling or finish. Blend and repeat – use your colour palette and materials across multiple elements; don’t go overboard with too much variety.”
  • Repurpose. Farmhouse styling loves to reuse and recycle. Whether it’s an old door as a wall hanging, galvanized buckets as planters, antique butter boxes as magazine holders or a wooden ladder for displays – use your imagination! “Whimsy is welcome!” says Amanda.
  • Maintain balance. One of the best things about the Magnolia Home collection is that it doesn’t try too hard to be pure rustic. It highlights elements of other styles. That’s one of the keys to successful farmhouse styling. Integrate a little contemporary, a little traditional and a little whatever you like to keep your space visually interesting and balanced.

We hope you’ve been inspired by the talents of our Visual Design Team and are using their ideas in your home this spring!