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Wedding & Event Design Essentials: Texture

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We are running a short series of guides on the best ways to adapt various looks and trends to create the ultimate design scheme for your wedding or event space.

We will be covering the core skills and rules used in event design, from how to create a moodboard to choosing the perfect colouyr palette using a colour wheel. There are lots of tips and tricks pn how to use texture and pattern successfully, and advice on how to style with neutrals alongside more maximalist and colour drenching suggestions.

So let's start with....


By layering a mix of contrasting textures within a tablescape and event venue, you will be adding more depth and visual interest, as well as providing some overall balance in your design scheme.

Texture, in event design, is the feeling and visual appearance of the material that furniture, surfaces, accessories, decorations and fabric are made of. From modern sleek perspex, to rustic terracotta, and shimmering metallics - you need to understand how to incorporate and blend these different elements within your event design.

When mapping out your venue rooms your first thought might be to think about colour, am I right? It's understandable, however for your design scheme to be successful and more "luxe" you will need to consider texture too - as alongside pattern they will work together to add visual interest and alter the space on a more physical cial level that feels considered.

Even if your colour scheme is soft and neutral, imagine using those tones with real wood, layered linen and soft velvet. The experience of guests entering and using the space will feel as good as it looks!

It is important that you get that balance right and that you look for groups of materials and finishes that will sit well together and work cohesively in the interior of your venue or marquee (tent). If you want to create a look that is contemporary (or that's the style of the space you are working with) then uou might consider combining modern oak chairs with reeded wine or water glasses, marble vases for florals that feature very minimal foliage, and rough linen tableware for some much needed softer contrast.

Alternatively if you wanted a more opulent aesthetic, mix together sumptuous velvet on your chair pads, smooth leather menus or escort cards, and silk linens with gold or chrome tableware.

As a rule, try to work with a larger area of one material (usually your linen tablecloths), then accent textures to add contrast (seating, tableware, stationery and florals). The same applies for ceremony, drinks reception and after party spaces.


  • Create contrast: move away from one dimensional and flat designs by misxing different types of texture - from rough to smooth, to matt and shiny.

  • Play with light: really consider using a combination of uplighters, spotlights, table lamps, candles, overhead lampshades or chandeliers suspended over tables to create more visual depth and interest

  • Focus on furniture: don't just use whatever the venue may offer in house, introducing larger textured pieces into neutral spaces can be transformative

  • Try backdrops or lining: adding a bespoke backdrop with panelling or wallpaper, or swathes of material to line a room, can instantly add depth to an otherwise blank space

Next up? We will be guiding you through moodboards - an essential intial part of what we do in our event design process - a small but necessary step to ascertain the overall aesthetic for clients.


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