Episode 23: Finding the Right Balance of Textured Treatments

Hi there! Welcome to the “Ask Alexa” series. I’m Alexa Drees, the Design Center Director at Drees Homes, and I’m excited to bring you weekly tips, advice, and answers to your dilemmas to help make designing your dream home an easy and enjoyable process. Each week, I’ll be rolling out a new feature. (If you missed our first 22 videos, you can watch them here.)

As I mentioned in past weeks, we are in the thick of our 90th Anniversary Home Show, which features 12 homes across the country that honor our past with a 1920s-inspired exterior and celebrate our future with a high-tech, modern interior. In addition to cutting-edge technology, the homes also push the boundaries of design selections. Most notably, I think the homes hit the mark when it comes to the right balance between textured treatments.

As you know, I love to mix it up and play with patterns, finishes and textures. I think it keeps a room interesting. Variance in texture allows your eye to wonder through the space, exploring one faucet after another.

Not sure where to start? Here are some common textured treatments to consider incorporating into your home:

White painted brick as a feature wall, fireplace or backsplash

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Exposed wooden ceiling beams for architectural interest


Polished neutrals found in granite, quartz and tile for sleek, sophistication


A hint of stone for a relaxed organic vibe

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Statement paneling applications such a shiplap for subtle style


Each of these applications provides a level interest that perks up the space and defines its level of personality.

Interested in experiencing these design elements in person? Join us for our 90th Anniversary Home Show, which runs through April 30.

All the best,
Alexa Drees

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