Human psychology and textures have been an intertwined area. Every kind of texture is associated to some personality, psyche or the mood of a person. Furthermore, we turn to certain types of fabrics when we have different emotional requirements.
People turn to smooth and soft textures when they are in need of some emotional reassurance. While harder and rougher surfaces are indicative of strength and masculinity. These surfaces derive their property from natural substances and are considered strong.
The texture preferences people have is also deep rooted in the psyche behind textures and what each stands for. It is often considered that velvets and silks are for the dainty. They are a sign of luxury and elegance. In the meantime coarse cottons are textures considered functional and easy to maintain.
We have listed down 4 broad categories of textures and how they have a psychological impact on us.
Smooth and Luxurious
Soft and Comfortable
There is in fact a very thin line between smooth and soft and quite often these lines blur. Soft texture is usually associated with comfort. Think cottons and linen, these are textures that are reassuring and relaxing. They are probably not idealistically luxurious but they sure are functional and indicative of an amicable set up. They are capable of establishing a sense of safety and calm.
Rough and Rugged
Rough textures are often misconstrued as being associated to an aggressive personality. Quite on the contrary, rough textures are inviting and earthy. The textures imbibe a lot from already existing, natural textures around us. They appear warm and all withstanding. This texture is also indicative of longevity and durability as it lacks the fragility of smooth surfaces.
Hard and Strong
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