‘Texture’ is a one of the most fashionable terms used throughout the interiors industry, but what do we mean when we say we are ‘adding texture’ to a space. The layering of of materials, otherwise known as textures, is what gives a home the ‘finished’ look, creating depth and visual interest to your design. Different textures can include textiles, materials, metals and also varying colours.
I think first up, it is crucial to settle on the direction of design you are going for – from minimal all the way to french country. But don’t forget you can always incorporate elements from each, which will in turn create visual interest and something unexpected. Without direction, it is inevitable you will become overwhelmed at some stage in the design process. In my home I have opted for a neutral colour scheme, to which I like to add pops of colour to, depending on the seasons. For example, adding blush pink peonies in the summer is delightful and brings summer indoors.
I am a lover of mixing various finishes of wood and I find it the easiest way to add an edge to the room. I would always recommend adding a wood finish to a neutral space, which at time could seem too plain. For example, I have a white smooth finished kitchen and even though I adore it, the space can look flat without that extra something. To elevate it, I have started by layered different sized chopping boards on the work surface, whilst draping kitchen linens on the oven and handle under the sink. Instantly, this has given my kitchen depth and the finished look, whilst also helping to hide ugly plug sockets. Additionally, living in a victorian house my ceilings are extra high therefore I can place baskets on the tops of my cabinets. This helps in drawing the eye upwards as well as across the room. Although I do love wooden tables or consoles, they may not always be for you. Remember though it is possible to add flecks of wood, with the use of small baskets or wooden trays, helping keep things practical too. Using wooden accessories in your home will create a natural element, bringing the feels of the outdoors in.
Soften the look
Cushions and throws are essential to soften the look of a room and by incorporating a mixture of woven and smooth cotton cushions, you can instantly add warmth to cold feeling spaces. Plain cushions can act as a filler so the ones with more detail or with the pop of colour will act as the statement point. Experimenting with different materials within soft furnishing too can help, for example using silk and tibetan sheepskin will create an intriguing contrast.
It is important to remember not to go crazy adding too many layers to the room, as the space can then feel cluttered. If there are too many conflicting layers and materials, the room will start to feel heavy and the statement pieces will start to blend in. A popular interiors theory we stand by is ” less is more”, even when creating layered texture. This can be applied in the sense, only add the same textures of accessories to which you would normally have multiples of – Cushions, lamps and bedside tables. Other than that, I suggest having layers of soft, hard, smooth and rough finishes in a room.
Rugs, rugs and more rugs
Wooden floors throughout a home can look dull and flat. Not forgetting when you have large furniture, especially a sofa, it can make furniture look like it’s floating. Rolling out a rug underneath a sofa or your dining table and chairs, will help to create and anchored effect. Rugs are an easy quick way to create texture, especially against a wooden floor, whilst also providing the perfect way to link a room together. Lastly, let’s not forgot how they make the cold winter morning that little bit easier, when the tiles or wood flooring are too cold to walk on.
The room itself
Its amazing that more and more homeowners are getting creative and taking on DIY themselves. Textures are not only coming from accessories but the room itself, from the walls to the flooring. Lime wash walls are huge right now and before you’ve even taken in the room, your eyes are drawn to the beautifully textured walls. Additionally, the smoothness of marble tiles creates the perfect contrast against rustic wooden furniture. Don’t be scared to try something new, especially with the likes of lime wash walls or concrete flooring, there are copious amounts of tutorials to help you through the self DIY process.
When opting for a monochromatic colour scheme such as black and white, it is still possible to add visual interest and statement pieces that will stand out regardless of being white. Use the entire spectrum of white, from ivory, taupe to beige. These varying shades of a single colour will add warmth to the space, keeping the room from feeling flat or cold. Always use a rug to soften the harshness of a monochromatic look and tie them both together.
Bit by bit
Adding texture needs to look effortless, otherwise you will risk overloading the space. When adding new styles and pieces to your home decor, it shouldn’t be a checklist. I can’t stress how important it is to not buy something for your home because it ticks a box, rather than loving the item itself. So buying gradually for your home, will make it authentic to you and the ‘finished look’ will be effortless.
Don’t forget adding plants, faux or real can be a cheap and cheerful way to add another layer of texture and pop of colour to really nail that finished look.
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