Our homes are the place where we relax, recharge, and create precious memories with our loved ones. As such, we always try to go the extra mile to make our home a comfortable, beautiful, and functional space.
However, there are instances when your home still looks incomplete, flat, and uninviting, even after you’re done decorating. It seems like something is missing — something you can’t quite put your finger on. Very often, that missing element is texture.
But what exactly does texture mean, and how can you add it to your home? Without further ado, let’s unfold the answers!
According to interior designers, texture refers to the use of textiles, finishes, furniture, and objects in a variety of materials that can add tactile variation and visual interest to a room.
A medley of textures incorporated throughout the details of an interior can add depth and interest to a room, preventing it from appearing boring and bitty.
Let’s now discover the simple yet effective ways that can help introduce texture to your home.
Whether you’re decorating your living room or master bedroom, pillows and cushions are a quick and affordable way to add texture. Mix and match different materials, such as silk, velvet, satin, or woven pillows, contrast them with the other colors in the room, and place them strategically in varying sizes to add visual interest.
Laying in throws can have a similar effect. They come in a variety of prints, styles (printed, embroidered, and woven), and materials (bamboo, Turkish cotton, linen, and microfibre) which means they can adorn multiple design styles while injecting texture into your space. For example, if you’re decorating a modern bedroom, a blissful diamond stripe Turkish throw would look perfect, whereas a light-colored throw with tassels would work well for a Bohemian room.
Rugs are useful for making your space warm and cozy, but beyond that, they can help introduce texture to your space, too.
Picking the right rug will add tactility to the floor, which can significantly upgrade the look of your room, especially if you choose a high-pile rug or one with fringing and tassels. Bonus points if you can manage to layer different rugs made with contrasting materials. You can layer a rug over a wall-to-wall carpet or lay it over another existing area rug. Just make sure that the rug on top is at least ⅔ the size of the rug underneath.
From bathrooms and bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms, you can easily rely on furniture to bring in texture.
For the bathroom, you can place a tiered wooden tray and decorate it with items like folded Turkish hand towels, bathroom plants (such as Aloe Vera or Pothos), and sparkly toiletry bottles to enhance the texture further. Hanging polyester or silk shower curtains is another helpful addition.
In the bedroom, an upholstered bed, ottoman side tables, furry poufs, feathered lamps, and heavy window treatments will be wonderful choices to add texture.
Bringing texture to a kitchen is also quite simple. If you have a dining table in the kitchen, go for a quartz table paired with linen chairs. Alternatively, if you have a kitchen island, surround it with rattan chairs for a textured look. Other accessories include fluted, reeded, or v-groove cabinetry, countertops with dramatic movement (like granite, butcher block, or marble), a plaster hood, tiled backsplash, and beadboard paneling on the island.
For a textured appearance in the living room, pieces like form benches with faux fur, leathered sofa sets, brass coffee tables, and jute armchairs are great options.
While plants have numerous health benefits, such as supporting cognitive health and reducing stress, they can lend a helping hand when incorporating texture into your home.
If you opt for species like air-purifying plants (for example, peace lily or dragon tree), they can also double as lovely textured accessories. Remember, the key to adding visual interest is to vary the plant height, size, and color by choosing different varieties that complement the style of your home.
To avoid ending up with a hodgepodge, try arranging them in odd numbers and plant them in hemlock or rosewood planter pots to boost the textural feel.
Walls, being a blank canvas, are a great opportunity to add texture to your home. From painting them to beautifying them with art, there are tons of fun ideas you can implement.
Painting techniques like smooshing by rubbing a plastic sheet against freshly done glaze or rag rolling with a cotton cloth on wet paint can create eye-catchy marbled patterns. You can also simply dab the paint with a sponge or use a comb to create zigzag, swirls, or checkerboard textures. Alternatively, exposing wood, rock, concrete, or brick on an indoor wall can give your space a striking texture and act as an attractive focal point.
Once you’re done with picking the wall finish, add interesting wall hangings. It could be a macrame, 3D wall art, graphic art, streamlined pencil sketches, vignettes, wall-mounted plants, weavings, or a floating shelf with textured items.
Sculptures, mirrors, vases, and ornaments are designed for playing with texture. You can purposefully arrange these objects in a specific pattern to make a statement.
What you need to keep in mind is that the objective is not to fill your space with every type of texture under the sun but to welcome items that are complementary to one another and can inject variation and balance into your room. So, when shopping for decorative accessories, your focus should be on avoiding too many competing finishes, as this might lead to a lack of link and direction.
Rough textures can make your space feel rustic and intimate, while softer surfaces tend to bring a contemporary and sleek tone. Mixing and contrasting them together will provide the much-needed depth and balance while keeping things visually aesthetic and interesting.So, are you ready to spiff up your home? Pick your favorite ideas and start decorating to create a well-put, coherent, and textured look!