The terracotta baguettes on the UWA School of Indigenous Studies building. Image – Supplied.
  • Tones and texture can define a space
  • Clever use of design can distinguish between areas in a home
  • Lighting also plays an important role

“Tone and textural finishes within a home have the power to completely elevate your space,” according to Studio Cult’s Courtney Pellegrino.

She also notes that “Tones and texture are critical to the design of your home. They hold the power when it comes to creating depth, vibrancy and warmth.”

That’s something The Property Tribune can say we’re familiar with, as Prash Nayar wrote earlier this year in “A portal to nature“, which featured a minimalist Ukrainian design that was the embodiment of the tone and texture.

“… like monochromatic photography, the fixation is not on the transient and distracting flourishes of colour, but the design is concerned with texture, form, and frames.”

Prash Nayar, Contributor, The Property Tribune

The architect’s deft use of tones and texture “… unapologetically demarcated different areas within the home.”

Strong contrasts and lines clearly distinguishing between the sitting room and pool room. Image – Stephen Tsymbaliuk.

Other trends have also made a resurgence, Ms Pellegrino noted shou-sugi-ban, an ancient Japanese method to preserve timber by charring it, is making a return to interior design.

“Interesting and feature materials are something we always fall back on when it comes to design. We try to incorporate multiple elements to sell the story or mood of the space. Metals, stone, glass and fabrics are pieces that can be tied in throughout the entire home,” said Ms Pellegrino.

The Junction BGC Housing Group 2
Exposed brick can add a rustic touch to a clean-cut space said Ms Pellegrino. Image: BGC Housing Group.

Lighting can also play an important role in accentuating those textures, WA Lighting Award winner, Matthew Crawford Architects set up the lights to wash an amber glow within the Warders Hotel restaurant, Emily Taylor.

Warders Hotel Emily Taylor
Warders Hotel Emily Taylor. Image: Dion Robeson

The interplay between tones, texture, and lighting can be even more clearly seen in the lobby refurbishment of Central Park.

Central Park Lobby Upgrade
Central Park Lobby Upgrade. Image: Dion Robeson

“A standout trend at the moment is natural, earthy tones. They can be interpreted into so many different styles and really work together to help sell that story,” said Ms Pellegrino.

“The Grand Burleigh by Smart Homes for Living is the perfect example, with the repetition of earthy tones in across various elements, such as the tiles, cabinetry, shelving and interior elements.”

The Burleigh by BGC Housing Group 2
Image: BGC Housing Group.

Advice for your next home

Ms Pellegrino suggested “it’s important to have a strong idea of the style you’re looking for at the very beginning. Look at the tones and textures you’re after and incorporate it into every piece of your home.”

The Burleigh by BGC Housing Group 3
Image: BGC Housing Group.

“A good starting tip is to look at the neutral tones, and then pick your key colours. Ask yourself questions like whether you’re looking at warm or cool, depth or colour, rustic or modern.”

The Junction BGC Housing Group 1
Image: BGC Housing Group.

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