Design Trends | How Texture Transforms Home Décor

Can’t decide what’s missing from your latest design project? Chances are, it’s texture. Texture is an all-important—and sometimes overlooked—element in transforming a space from flat to multidimensional, adding layers of depth and richness. Be it via countertops or flooring, creating the right atmosphere is all about the choosing the right surfaces. Below, we feature nine trending surface textures and where to use them.


Yolanda TejedaChile Sotheby’s International Realty

Industrial charm doesn’t have to be reserved for the factory-turned-loft space. Concrete is a low-maintenance (and economical) way to pour on some industrial chic when it comes to your space. Flooring is a particularly savvy use of the material, as concrete tends to require minimal upkeep, and any dings, dents, and chips will only add character.


Monty RobertsDamianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Quartz is quickly gaining popularity as a low-maintenance alternative to sought-after surfaces like marble or soapstone. As a nonporous and stain-resistant material, quartz is ideal for kitchen countertops that see lots of entertaining. Comprised of parts of natural minerals bonded together with resin, it’s also one of the more environmentally sound options on the market, taking a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts approach to delivering a beautiful end product.


Peter IllovskyCôte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

With extraordinary, one-of-a-kind natural veining, marble in any space creates a striking, elegant effect. While the exterior of this surface is undoubtedly strong and beautiful, it’s important to keep in mind that marble has a soft side. A porous material, it’s possible for marble surfaces to be stained from acidic liquids (white wine, lemon), meaning a degree of maintenance is required. For those who love the look without the worry, consider using the material for bathroom countertops and flooring where acidic liquids are less likely to be used.


Dali ShovalAustria Sotheby’s International Realty

The 1950s and 60s were a heyday for parquet flooring, but the origins of this mosaic method of arranging wooden planks in a geometric pattern dates back to the 16th century. Nowadays, parquet flooring is synonymous with elegant European interiors and Haussmann-era Parisian buildings. The more traditional parquet floors are usually arranged in chevron and herringbone patterns, cut in a range of different types of wood from oak to walnut. Despite its luxe look, parquet often surprises with its manageable options for installation and moderate price point.


Poland Sotheby’s International Realty

Carpets are an easy way to add a layer of warmth to your home, particularly in the bedroom where it can be comforting to wake up to something soft underfoot. Unlike their predecessors, the best modern carpets are stain, dirt, and water resistant, thanks to new advancements in manufacturing. When selecting the right carpet for your space, be sure to take traffic into account: plush, high-pile textures tend to work better in lower-traffic areas, while close-cut piles are hardier and easier to keep clean.

Wood Paneling

Nina Siegenthaler & Joe ZahmTurks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to textures in the home, why should walls be neglected? Wood paneling may have gotten a poor reputation during the mid-century era, when it covered everything from basements to bathroom walls; today, it’s the purposeful approach that makes a statement. Go all out with floor-to-ceiling paneling and tons of natural light to create a warm, modern effect, or play with thinner wooden planks in smaller proportions for geometric visual interest.


Faisal HalumBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s important to consider strength, crack-resistance, and temperature-retaining properties when selecting natural stone as flooring. One of the strongest natural stone options available, slate is an ideal choice underfoot as it is durable enough to go decades without needing to be replaced, providing proper maintenance is given. While this natural beauty is great at transmitting heat and cold, it is not so good at retaining it, making it ideal for homes in warmer climates or with radiant floor heating.

Moroccan Tile

Joan EleazerBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Whether for backsplash or flooring, tiles are a fashionable way to elevate and add luxury to a space. Some of the most well-crafted options emanate from Morocco, where the art of zellige—a process of fabrication using individual geometric pieces—is still employed today. These pops of pattern are surfacing in homes as a vibrant alternative to neutral tiles and floors.


Bea JarzynskaSotheby’s International Realty Canada

For a rustic environment full of cozy charm, consider using ledgestone. This technique of stacking stone to showcase its edge as opposed to its face creates loads of rough texture, establishing a gritty focal point that works particularly well for a statement wall, backsplash, or fireplace treatment. The variating tones and raw edging of ledgestone adds stacks of visual interest to even the most minimalist modern of spaces.

When it comes to great design, it’s all about what’s on the surface. From glossy countertops to cozy fireplaces, inspired surroundings start with the right textures.

Inspect the interiors of these unique, well-designed homes, and see where the art of surface texture might take you next.

Posted on October 16, 2018

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Apple Picking in Northern Jersey

One of our favorite fall activities is apple picking. Here are some local spots that have it available this season. Pick up a pumpkin and other autumn fruits while you’re there! Or catch a hayride…

Whightman Farms
1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown









Prices are per person (children 3 and under are free!)
Apple Picking: $7.00* for a season pass into our orchards! Pay Once, Pick Often. *Does not include fruit.
Apples are $2.29/lb and will be weighed upon exit from orchard.

Their $8 hayrides include a doughnut and a pumpkin! They also have a $10 cornmaze.

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road, Chester

Riamede Farm, for apple picking, features 34 varieties of apples ranging from traditional classics to heirloom specialties to modern favorites. The early apple varieties begin to ripen the first week of September when we open for our pick your own apple season. The other apple varieties ripen over the course of the next six to seven apple harvest weeks and a weekly trip to Riamede is necessary to catch each variety at its apple tree ripened best.

Hayrides through our orchard and, in October, out to the pumpkin patch are free on weekends. Our hay wagon rides circle the orchard continuously all day Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.



Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph
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The apple bags are free, you just pay per pound. They also have a market with other fruits and vegetables available for purchase.
The pumpkin patch is free to enter with $1 hayrides that tour the grounds.

Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge


Ripple Hill Farm is a small family-owned and operated farm located in Basking Ridge, NJ. As second generation farmers, we are proud to be an active part of our community. We have been growing peaches, apples and tomatoes for over 50 years.

Pick-Your-Own Apples hours:  Sundays 12 – 4pm.
Fresh produce available including peaches (until mid Sept), tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, grapes, etc.

Melick’s Town Farm
(two locations)


472 County Road 513, Califon
Pick your own pumpkins, Asian pears and apples: Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, MacIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Jonagold, Macoun, Mutsu, Golden Delicious and Blondee are now available at our Califon Orchards. There is no entry fee, just pay for what you pick, $1.59 per pound when you pick over 10 pounds. Honey Crisp apples are $1.99 per pound. We are open daily from 9:00 -6:00 but please arrive by 5:00 for picking. Horse drawn wagon rides will be at the farm every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4, weather permitting. Free corn maze, animals picnic area!

19 King Street, Oldwick
Our Cider Mill is open for apple picking with Macoun, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu and Cortland apples with picking available daily from 9:00 – 6:00, last entry at 5:00. The hard cider tent will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 – 6:00 and food including our famous roasted corn will be for sale weekends. Sample our hard ciders and even enjoy a glass as you stroll through the orchards. Free tractor wagon rides on weekends and holidays with $2 paid admission.

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Rd Gillette

Hillview Farms has been home to 53-acres of locally grown goodness for almost 150 years. Family-owned and operated, we farm fresh fruits and vegetables right here in Gilette, New Jersey. Stop in to our General Store and pickup today’s produce, fresh eggs and honey and feel good about the quality of your food.

Enjoy their Apple orchard and pumpkin patch! We offer a tractor ride to and from the apples/pumpkins (required ride to get to the crops). Tractor starts around 10:00 and ends between 4:00-5:00. No admission fee; tractor ride is $5 per person.

Hamilton Farms: Greenhouses and Farm Market
130 Old Denville Road, Boonton Township







Hamilton Farms has Hayrides, Farm Animals, the Best of the Season Farm Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, NY State Apples, Fresh Apple Cider, Mouth Watering Pies, Apple Cider Donuts, and assorted baked goods all season long! We also carry Hardy Garden Mums, Haybales, and Cornstalks for all of your fall decorating needs!

Our Hayrides begin the last weekend of September and run through the end of October. Bring your family and jump on the hay wagon! Venture out to the pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkins! Public Hayrides run the last weekend of September and continue every Saturday and Sunday thru Halloween.*

Be sure to let your family enjoy the Halloween displays and hay maze that await you upon your return. Take a “ride” on our wooden train, sail away on our pirate ship, or drive the school bus filled with your friends! In addition, pose for some great seasonal photos using our fun novelty cutouts!

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