5 WAYS TO BRING TEXTURE INTO YOUR HOME - The Home Design School

5 WAYS TO BRING TEXTURE INTO YOUR HOME

Textured stone walls

When we think about texture, we are thinking about the experience of snuggling under blankets, or the softness of a sofa, or the coolness of a marble worktop or the sturdy weight of a rustic table. It’s a tactile experience. It’s about touch

But although texture is about how surfaces feel, we firstly experience texture in a room by what we see. We ‘feel’ the texture with our eyes, way before the hands-on, tactile experience happens. It’s a bit like salivating over a delicious looking meal that we’ve never even tasted before.

Successful texture in a room comes from having a mixture of different textures together, and layering them in a contrasting way. Think smooth with rough, soft with hard, polished against rustic.

Bringing texture into your home has so many benefits: It stops your room from being bland, it adds another dimension, it cushions unwanted sound, and stops echoes, and it brings a feeling of warmth and cosiness.

“Texture within monotone or neutral rooms is an absolute must. It stops plainer rooms from being one-dimensional.”

— Kate Hatherell- The Home Design School

So let’s take a look at the different ways you can bring texture into your home.

1. Wall coverings

  Herringbone patterned walls bring a strong textural element to the largest space in the room. Keep the rest of the decor simple to avoid overwhelm.     Image via  B&Q   Herringbone patterned walls bring a strong textural element to the largest space in the room. Keep the rest of the decor simple to avoid overwhelm.  Image via B&Q

The biggest surface area in any room is the walls, and there are so many ways to introduce texture into the room. 

If you are lucky enough to have internal stone or exposed brick walls (see main blog image above) , then you already have all the texture you need. But if you have a plainer interior, you can create similar effects with stone cladding, or even brick effect wallpaper. 

Walls can also be clad in rustic style shiplap, or dressed with more formal wainscoting or beadboard

If you don’t want such a permanent change, clever use of wall decor can bring much needed texture in. A gallery wall, or clever wall displays may be all you need. (Click >>here<< for more ideas) 

These beautiful feather wall hangings from Mia Fleur bring warmth, texture and contrast to this dark wall.

2. Floor Coverings

  Painted hard wood floorboards contrast with the texture of the deep pile rug. Beni rug from  Loaf.com   Painted hard wood floorboards contrast with the texture of the deep pile rug. Beni rug from Loaf.com

The second largest space in your room will be the floor. If you already have carpeted floors then you already have a soft texture, but consider layering longer pile rugs over shorter pile carpet for an even more sumptuous look and feel. Be sure to use carpet tape to stop the rug slipping. 

Hard flooring such as wood can have a beautiful texture of its own, such as herringbone for example, and this can be enhanced by putting a rug with a contrasting texture on top. Consider harder fabrics such as sisal, jute and hessian for a more industrial feel, but softer rugs such as faux animal skin or sheepskin provide real contrast of texture and ‘cosy up’ the space.  

3. Furniture

 Aurelie drawers by  Loaf.com  Aurelie drawers by Loaf.com

When choosing furniture for your space, consider the finishes that you already have in your room, and think about the contrast you can bring in.

The rustic finish on these wooden drawers for example, contrasts with the well painted wainscoting behind. It is this juxtaposition of textures which keeps the interior looking interesting. 

Consider rustic or limewashed wood against painted wood, plastic against antique, industrial against pretty. 

4. Textiles

 Layering textiles is a quick and easy way to bring a huge variety of texture into your home. Bed textiles from  Next . Layering textiles is a quick and easy way to bring a huge variety of texture into your home. Bed textiles from Next .

One of the quickest ways to introduce texture into your room is through soft furnishings. Not only are cushions, curtains and throws very tactile, but they also bring acoustic cushioning to your room too. 

The options here really are endless; choose fabrics in cotton, wool, silk, chenille, velvet and sheepskin. The key is to mix the different fabrics together. Put a silk banner around a linen cushion for example, or place a felt cushion next to knitted. Throw a sheepskin rug over a velvet sofa.

5. Accessories:

  A variety of different shaped accessories with contrasting finishes adds texture to a scheme. Accessories via  Harvey Norman .  A variety of different shaped accessories with contrasting finishes adds texture to a scheme. Accessories via Harvey Norman .

The most inexpensive way of bringing texture to a room is through the accessories you scatter throughout the space. There is a whole variety of objects you can put into your decor, from shop bought to foraged! Think woven baskets, smooth glass, shells, faux coral, metallic objects, felt or knitted baskets. Again, the secret to getting the texture right is to mix it up, layer it in. 

Of course, how you bring texture into a room will also depend upon the look and feel of the room you are trying to create. If you are looking for a laid back and cosy room, you’ll be including copious soft furnishings with knitted and woollen finishes, whereas if you are creating a glam vibe, you’ll be including lots of glass and metallics, with perhaps faux animal skin or silk fabrics. Whatever your look, there’s a way to bring texture and dimension into your home. 

And if you’re not sure what your personal home décor style is, why not try out my fun FREE quiz below?

Until next time x

Main Image Source: featuring Armadillo Rugs Collection by Hunting for George

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