Using texture in interior design

Chastity Fabry

Ah, texture. It’s the cinnamon of an interior design scheme. An ingredient that everyone seems to forget about, but are then pleasantly surprised by how much depth and spice it can add to a dish, or home for that matter.

Texture is an often-overlooked element of interior design because, well, a comfy and well-decorated space should feel soft, luxurious, and not bumpy right? Quite the contrary. Texture is the magical ingredient that can make an interior space pop, and should not be overlooked when designing a new interior scheme.

What is texture in interior design?

To ensure a space is visually appealing, elements of colour, shape, pattern, line and texture come into play. These complementary foundations of interior design work together to create a seamless space that ignites the senses without you even knowing it.

Texture in interior design refers to the surface quality of a material. Take a cushion for example. Whether the cushion material is smooth, silky, woven or embroidered, it’s got a texture. This is an important part of the interior design puzzle, because it helps dictate how a room feels on first glance. Much like the colour of a room can affect how warm or cool it feels, texture can influence the tone and weight of a room.

Touchable textures

Texture in a decorated space can be described as either visual or tactile. Visual textures are those that immediately appeal to your visual sense on first glance.

Tactile textures, on the other hand, ignite your sense of touch, forcing you to feel them to appreciate them.

So, which type of texture is right for your space? Along with adding visual and tactile appeal, textures can be used to enforce a specific design style. For example, smooth and glossy textures scream modern interior, whereas rough and natural textures are more in line with a rustic scheme.

Before deciding on which textures are right for your space, it’s best to choose a design style.

How to incorporate texture

From a glass coffee table to a textural wallpaper, texture can be added just about anywhere in an interior space. My advice is to start from the floor and work your way up to the furniture, decor elements, walls and then the ceiling. All of these areas can be made more vivid and appealing by adding textures.

Why is texture so important in interior design? If you haven’t incorporated texture into your interior design scheme yet, look around your room. Is there something missing? Chances are, it’s a touch of texture.

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