Pattern and Texture – Know the Difference

Pattern and Texture are both elements of design. These elements enhance the beauty of a house giving it a pleasing look.

Pattern and texture both are identical in their own aspects, but more likely to get misunderstood as same thing. Acknowledgement of the difference between pattern and texture gives clarity and helps to use right things at right place for right purpose.

Pattern: It simply means repetition of elements of a pattern

Texture: It refers to a surface object which can be felt with a sense of touch

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Pattern vs Texture

01.

Pattern

  • Repeating elements make a pattern

Texture

  • Making an impression on surface is called texture

02.

Pattern

  • It is visual recognition of repeating elements

Texture

  • It is both tactile(touch sense) and visual

03.

Pattern

  • It gives uniformity to any surface

Texture

  • It defines surface quality of any material

04.

Pattern

  • Pattern directly influences the size of room.
  • It can make a small room look bigger and vice versa
  • Eg: if the floor height is small, vertical pattern (i.e. vertical strips) of color will make it look bigger
Vertical Pattern

Texture

  • Texture gives feel to a room.
  • It can make a room feel warmer or cooler
  • g: Rough texture gives warmer feel and smooth texture gives cooler feel
Rough & Smooth Texture

05.

Pattern

  • In case of solid color, patterns will lessen the intensity of solid color making it look sober
Pattern

Texture

  • Course/Rough texture will make an object look heavier, while smooth texture will make it look lighter
Rough texture

General Guidelines

Pattern

  • Small rooms: Select softly coloured small sized pattern with a light background. It will make room spacious.
  • Medium rooms: Select stronger coloured medium sized patterns with a light background. It will make room spacious.
  • Large rooms: Select strong, dramatic (depicting event/story or characters) large sized patterns with rich (pure) background colours to give bold look.
  • Contemporary rooms: Select geometric patterns in neutral or no colours to give lively look.
  • Traditional rooms: Select gaudy design to give traditional look to a room.

Texture

Rough/ Course texture

  • Reflects less light, giving room cozy feel
  • Gives warmer feel to room
  • Gives room rustic feel

Shiny/ Smooth texture

  • Reflects more light, giving room lively feel and brightness
  • Gives cooler feeling
  • Gives modern feel

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