The written word has been a source of inspiration for designers for as long as there have been designers. So, it’s no surprise that it can be found in furniture and home decor. Text can add dimension to a space and can act abstractly, as a pattern, when thrown together with other text in assorted sizes, fonts, and colors.
Text in Design can also be bold and clear. This is useful if you want to give a space a particular sentiment in a rather blunt way rather than using lighting and color to create a general mood.
However text is used in decor, it is often thought of as creative and elegant.
Lets take a look at how text is used in area rug design.
Swirly cursive texts may be barely legible at times, but are useful for adding an elegant, whimsical appeal to a space.
Blocky or bold fonts might have very clear meanings, give a sense of purpose to a rooms decor, and inspire how that room is used.
Sometimes quotes are used in text designs. This rug might be found in a library.
Other times, the text may be meaningless. Here there aren’t even words, just seemingly lost characters.
If you really want to use text for its design qualities without invoking a specific meaning, foreign languages might work well. If you cannot read the language, you may never know what these symbols mean.
… or this one.
Collages allow words to be clearly visible yet remain lost in the sea of other text. They can be colorful or not and work quite nicely for adding visual dimension.
Iconic Single Words:
Using single words in such bold ways really gives the room an order to follow and rugs like this will influence the activities that take place in that room.
Text in decor can be used in many different ways. You should take advantage of it as it is one of the easiest ways to control the mood and feeling in any room.