One of the best ways to bring visual interest to your garden says Wade, is to mix materials: boulders, pavers, pebbles, river stone. It not only gives a more naturalistic look, you aren't tied to just one high-cost material, but you blend pricier and more inexpensive materials.
A neutral color palette doesn't need to be boring, and Naomi made sure it was anything but in this richly detailed, interesting living room where a play of textures is at work. A soft vintage rug, plush bench, and buttery leather sofa create layers of interest and depth in the space.
The home has an eye-catching look thanks to an interesting mix of materials including the brick, wood and wrought iron. This enticing property is located in a new, fast-growing neighborhood that offers close proximity to both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.
Interior designers ensure a well-balanced kitchen by sticking with a perfect mix of materials. In this kitchen, the cabinets are glossy and rich, while the butcher-block countertop is flat and neutral. To help tone down the intensity of the red cabinet color, reflective blue tiles stem from the top of the counter all the way up to the ceiling.
A mixture of materials gives the exterior of this midcentury-modern home visual interest and appeal. Frosted glass offers light and privacy for the home office, while rich brown siding creates a compelling sense of warmth.
Light brick offers a refreshing contrast against the dark-paneled portions of this modern home's exterior. The vibrant green lawn and natural-looking landscaping also add contrast while adding color to the neutral exterior.
A private garden area connects all of the interior spaces in this Manhattan penthouse to the outdoors to offer a serene, quiet space in the middle of the city. The design is balanced through a mix of industrial and organic hardscaping materials.
Tall wood wainscoting paired with grasscloth give this den a cozy feel. Trimmed with large timbers and steel headers, the hard-edged and soft materials balance each other for a rustic and comfortable environment. The cabinet is a repurposed set of drawers paired with a custom metal base.
Rustic elegance comes together in the resort-style kitchen of this Arizona ranch home. Hard-wearing materials are mixed with luxury finishes to provide top of the line appliances with a ranch home feel.
Creating these charming combos of geodes and succulents doesn't have to break the bank. Small succulents are expensive and bits of crystal, geodes and agate are easy to find. You can use inexpensive containers you already have on hand or that you find at big box stores. Here. hawthoria is combined with a variety of materials: black and white aquarium pebbles, preserved billy button, slices of blue agate, porcupine quills and tall black dried salt cedar (available in the floral department), amethyst and pink quartz. “Options are many here,” says Anne Gunnels of Nashville's Honey + Gunn Succulents. “Try amazonite, rough pink rose quartz crystal, and even desert rose stones for interest. Get height from willow, quills, and even peacock feather.”
Designer Jimmy Stanton’s upstairs lounge at the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace features a mix of stone, concrete, wood, antique mirror and textures and a white and indigo palette.
The design intent for this urban exterior was to design a version of a traditional brownstone, and to give an appreciative nod to the history and architecture of the older part of town, with an updated look that has an eye towards the future of the community. One of the ways this was achieved was by using an interesting mix of materials. Brick, stucco, custom millwork paneling and cornice detailing, and custom iron details complete the look.