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Adding Texture: Enhancing Your Home's Interior Design

Castlery|Jul 05, 2024

Visual texture is a powerful yet often overlooked element. It's not just about how a surface feels to the touch but also how it appears to the eye. 

Understanding and incorporating texture can transform a flat, uninspired space into a dynamic, visually pleasing environment. 

Let's delve into what visual texture is in interior design and how you can effectively incorporate it into your home.

What is texture in interior design?

Texture refers to how things look and feel - the perceived surface quality of a piece of furniture or decoration. This perception can be influenced by light, shadow, color, and material. 

Unlike tactile texture, which you can feel with your hands, visual texture is experienced through sight. For instance, a wall might appear rough or smooth, soft or hard, based on its visual texture, even if it feels entirely different to the touch.

Why is visual texture important in interior design?

Adds depth and interest

Visual texture prevents a space from feeling flat and monotonous by adding accenting to the space. With various textures in the space, you create layers that add depth and interest, making the room feel more dynamic and engaging.

Balances a space

Texture can be used to balance a room by contrasting different elements. For example, pairing a rough wooden coffee table with a smooth, glossy armchair creates a harmonious blend that prevents any single element from overpowering the space.

Highlights focal points

Textures can draw attention to specific areas or features within a room. A textured accent wall or a patterned rug can serve as a focal point, guiding the eye and adding visual intrigue.

Enhances emotional response

Different textures evoke different feelings. Soft, plush textures can make a room feel cozy and inviting, while sleek, smooth textures can impart a sense of modernity and sophistication.

How to incorporate texture into your home

Use textured fabrics

Textured fabrics like velvet, linen, sherpa, and wool can introduce softness and richness to a room. Such textures can add both visual and tactile interest, enhancing the sensory experience of the space.

Choose upholstered furniture with textured fabrics to add a sense of luxury and comfort. A leather sofa with a glossy smooth finish, or a velvet armchair with a luxurious sheen can become the centerpieces of a room. 

Use cushions and throws in different textures to add layers to the sofas and beds. For example, if you have a fabric sofa, you can decorate it with knitted throws or velvet cushions. 

@beigewhitegray combines the Jonathan Leather Sofa with a fabric sofa.

A leather sofa and a fabric sofa in a living room.
Two brown swivel sherpa armchairs with a round side table in-between them.

@bymeghang keeps the seating area comfy with a large knitted throw. Pictured: The Colette Swivel Armchair in Teddy Brown.

Combine textured furniture 

Textured furniture can significantly influence the overall character and mood of a room as different textures convey different styles and atmospheres. 

For instance, combine rough wooden dining tables with polished metal dining chairs to make the dining space more contemporary and sophisticated. Leather and fabric are also a classic combination that brings contrasting textures together to balance each other out. 

With different textured furniture, @kennyfortaleza creates a dynamic living space. Pictured: The Harper TV Stand.

A wooden TV unit, a marble table, and a fabric sofa.
A round dining table with a gallery wall of art.

The Theo Round Dining Table with a glass table top fits perfectly with the Austen Chairs. Picture credits: @elainshan.id

Layer textures with rugs

Just like how having no texture at all creates a flat space - the same also goes if you have the same texture throughout your house.

That said, rugs are an excellent way to introduce multiple textures into a room because they cover large surface areas and can anchor the design of the space. 

Layering rugs can add depth, warmth, and visual interest, making the floor a significant design element rather than just a background.

Recommended read: Ultimate Guide to Living Room Area Rugs

The Cassidy Swivel Chair features performance fabric, while the Cora Wool Area Rug is made from 100% wool. Also pictured: The Aria Arch Floor Mirror.

A swivel chair placed on a rug in front of a standing mirror.

Incorporate wall treatments

Walls are one of the largest surface areas in a room, meaning any changes to them will have a substantial impact on the overall look and feel of the space. 

Textured wall treatments can transform a bland, flat wall into a striking feature that sets the tone for the entire room. They serve as backdrops for other elements like furniture, artwork, and decor, and can enhance these elements by providing a complementary or contrasting background.

Wood paneling and decorative molding like wainscoting can frame a room and create visual separation between walls and ceilings or floors. They can be also used to enhance the architectural integrity of a space and add a touch of luxury.

If you live in a rental home, opt for something low maintenance like embossed wallpapers with raised designs to add detail and texture. 

The wooden panels on @liz.amaya.style add character and warmth to the living space. Pictured: The Fable Performance Fabric Sofa and Albie Travertine Round Coffee Table.

A two-seater sofa and a travertine coffee table in a living room with wood panel ceilings.
A storage bed with a wingback headboard placed against a wall with wainscotting.

@lindseypedey creates a charming and cozy bedroom with a patterned wall and wainscoting. Pictured: The Dalton Storage Bed and Faro Sculptural Floor Lamp.

Add small decorative accessories

Small decorative items can add texture and personality to your home without overwhelming the space. They are easy to change and update, allowing for style shifts.

Ceramics and pottery are great options to incorporate texture into your home. They emphasize the wabi-sabi notion that appreciates beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete in nature. This would tie in beautifully with the Japandi interior design

Textured art pieces add a three-dimensional aspect to your walls, breaking the flatness in the space. Hang tapestries, 3D wall art, or mixed media art to add dimension and intrigue.

@foongfamilyflat adds character and personality to their living room with a several decorative elements. Pictured: The Marlow Performance Bouclé Armless 2 Seater Sofa.

A performance bouclé channel tufted armless sofa with a painting hung above it on the wall.

Bring in natural elements

Natural elements like wood, stone, and plants offer rich textures that introduce a sense of groundedness and connection to nature.

Choose plants with different textures to create visual interest. For example, pair the feathery leaves of a fern with the smooth, waxy leaves of a succulent. This contrast highlights the unique qualities of each plant.

Other natural elements you can consider incorporating into your space include stone, such as marble dining tables and stone sculptures, or wood like hardwood flooring and wooden furniture.

The Wayne Armchair finds itself in a cozy space by the TV. Picture credits: @interiors.by.bec

A wooden-framed armchair placed atop a rug beside a TV console with plants.
A combined dining and kitchen area with white wood and a wooden dining table.

To maintain balance and cohesion, @twopotatoesinasack opts for the Sawyer Rectangular Dining Table to blend into their home seamlessly. Also pictured: The Sloane Cane Chair.

Introduce texture into your home

Texture in interior design is more than a visual detail; it’s a crucial element that brings life and personality to a space. By understanding visual texture, you can create rooms that are not only beautiful but also rich in depth and character. 

From fabrics and furniture to walls and accessories, the possibilities are endless. Embrace the power of texture to elevate your home and make every room a tactile and visual delight.

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