Introduction to Texture in interior design
Just as you think about colour and pattern, also consider how you can mix textures in your room schemes. All surfaces have texture be they matt or shiny, coarse or fine, rough or smooth. If you are thinking of working with just one colour group it is particularly important to introduce different textures. Neutrals are ever popular, as they are so easy to live with and co-ordinate with other colours well, but they can be rather dull unless different surface finishes are introduced.
Think in terms of:
Texture & Scale
One of the basic principles of using texture has to do with scale. Rough, coarse textures tend to make an object feel heavier, while smoother textures will make it feel lighter.
Texture & Light
Texture can suggest temperature: smooth and shiny textures which reflect more light and give a cool impression; soft, raised textures, which absorb more light, convey a sense of warmth. Rooms we would describe as ‘cosy’ usually include lots of texture.
Texture adds interest to a scheme – especially monochromatic schemes – they change the way a room ‘feels’