New White Paper from Mary Cook Associates Discusses The Importance of Pattern and Texture in Interior Design

CHICAGO (April 28, 2023) - Chicago-based Mary Cook Associates (MCA), a national, award-winning commercial interior design firm, today published a white paper entitled "The Great Match: Enhancing Design with Pattern and Texture." The paper discusses how patterns and textures are an abundant and cost-effective option to maximize the aesthetics and performance of designed spaces as well as the state of mind of the individuals experiencing them.

"As research continues to show the correlation between aesthetics and personal well-being, it is increasingly important for designers, builders and developers to understand the ways specific design elements impact overall aesthetic experience - including how patterns and textures contribute to the built environments where we live, work and play," said Mary Cook, president and founder of MCA. "The right execution of texture and pattern - and the interplay between the two - can elevate design beyond décor and create spaces in which people thrive."

Topics discussed in the white paper include:

• Pattern recognition as an inherent human quality, and the ability of pattern to make a bold visual statement as well as subtly enhance mood in a designed space.

• The positive influence on well-being of patterns and textures that take cues from the natural world, such as the repetitive fractal patterns found in nature or the textures of biophilic materials like wood or stone.

• Texture's impact on color, from smooth textures reading as cool to rough surfaces conveying warmth.

• Functionality considerations around texture, including its role in how materials feel to the touch, perform and stand up to repeated use.

"The Great Match: Enhancing Design with Pattern and Texture" is the latest in a series of white papers from MCA sharing insights from the firm's proprietary seven fundamentals of interior design methodology and identifying opportunities for builders and developers to respond to the shifting paradigm of home with thoughtful designs and innovative spaces.

The full white paper can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF at

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About Mary Cook Associates:

Established in 1986, Mary Cook Associates (MCA) is a fully integrated interior architecture and design firm nationally known for creating innovative interiors for leading owners and developers of real estate. The firm's projects include multifamily, model homes, student living, senior living, clubhouses, restaurants, and hospitality environments. MCA's work emphasizes functionality, showcases possibilities, and delivers a measurable Return on Environment (ROE). MCA's team includes more than two dozen designers and architects that are strategic, imaginative and skilled at designing a wide variety of spaces that respond to demographic, geographic and lifestyle influences of target markets. Smart, functional spaces that establish immediate connections with their users and boost Living Better by Design, increase property value, and accelerate sales and occupancy rates are the hallmarks of the results MCA consistently achieves. In its 36th year, the firm continues to expand its national presence with award-winning work across the country.

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