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#tuesdaytrending: ribbed surfaces invite tactility and depth

Ribbed surfaces are making their mark in interiors, adding both tactility and depth to interiors. Ribbing comes in many forms, such as wooden panels or carvings, tufted or channelled upholstery, or gently undulating surfaces on lighting and other accessories.

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Woollahra house by Decus Interiors | photo: Felix Forest

As the ladies at Eclectic Trends note, ribbed surfaces create stunning visual effects given they way they shift and change under varying lighting conditions.

Cabinetry & Doors

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Luxxu

Because doors are typically flat or panelled, ribbed surfaces often draw extra awareness for their uniqueness.

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Reflective ribbed metal doors.

Metallics add reflectivity and offer a fantastic interplay with changing lighting.

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SJB: Buena Vista Hotel, Mosman, Australia

An oversized round knob is a great juxtaposition to the finely ribbed drawer fronts and square white tiles.

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custom cabinetry with ribbed glass doors

Ribbed glass provides an element of mystery or privacy without being completely closed off.

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Space Copenhagen: Arne Jacobsen hotel

Wall Surfaces

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Dulux Australia: Kinship palette

Ribbed surfaces need not extend from floor to ceiling. Rounded edges and warm painted finishes can add softness to a room.

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Nuura

Draperies absolutely count as a ribbed surface!

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Natural ribbed, panelled walls. 

Naturally finished ribbed walls are a great backdrop when paired with earthy elements and unobstructed views to the outdoors.

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via DigsDigs

They also add a nice touch to a bathroom. The combination of charcoal and black with medium toned wood is a much more dramatic look than would be lighter tones.

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Flack Studio: Caravan 2.0

Flack Studio added ribbed elements to the upper walls and ceilings.

Furniture & Upholstery

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Sella Concept: Omar’s Place | photo: Nicholas Worley

Though we often think of ribbed surfaces as being vertical, they needn’t be.

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Stéphane Parmentier for Giobagnara: Scala stools

Deep tufting on upholstered pieces is a great example of horizontal ribbing.

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Boca Do Lobo

You can also play with vertical and horizontal ribbed patterns within one space.

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India Mandavi for Nilufar Gallery: Chez Nina

Don’t assume that the “ribs” need to be small or tight. Chez Nina shows a much more relaxed, subtle ribbed surface. This could be a great alternative for a headboard.

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Upholstered, ribbed drawer fronts.

Does your home already have ribbed surfaces in its design? If not, will you add some?

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