Be Seduced by Texture for Garden Design

Color's sly sibling, texture invites us to experience a garden sensually, through touch as well as look. Review the basic types of texture, then combine them for effect.

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Combining Glossy with Matte Accentuates Contrast
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Gloss With Matte

Shiny, mirrored surfaces include many evergreens, polished granite, stainless steel, chrome, still water and glazed ceramic. Ideal for combining with glossy elements, matte surfaces include cut timber, galvanized metal planters and sandstone.

Here, shiny glass and metal doors echo the visual qualities of the swimming pool. These elements are separated by the smooth paved terrace and matte wall.

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