Whether you’re setting up a new home for the first time or freshening up your interior, it’s natural to want a welcoming, attractive and comfortable living space. And a good way to do that is to focus on adding texture to your home. Here we will discuss what texture is and how to incorporate it into your design plans:
When we talk about adding texture to home design, we are enhancing the look and feel of living spaces by incorporating textiles and different finishes. The goal is for these improvements to complement each other to create a space that is inviting as well as visually and physically appealing.
Many interior designers are seeing an increase in the number of clients who want to focus on adding texture to their personal spaces. Ellie Mroz, founder and lead designer at Ellie Mroz Design in Westfield, NJ, thinks part of the trend may have come from the pandemic.
After spending so much time isolated at home, people are ready to invest to make their living spaces more unique and attractive. Plus, she says, people are now ready and excited to welcome friends and family back into their homes, and so they want their home to be inviting.
To be clear, however, texture in home design isn’t just a recent trend. “Our company has always believed in layering textures to create visually interesting, accessible and comfortable design,” says Mroz.
There are so many options for adding texture to a room, and often it’s best to start with a relatively empty space and add different layers of texture as you go. In a living room, for example, you can start with a new sofa and then add blankets and pillows to that sofa to introduce different colors and fabrics. You can lay an area rug over hardwood flooring to add softness, then install window treatments to give your space an abundance of feel and finish.
That said, Mroz cautions against too many different colors and patterns, as this can create a busy and unsettling vibe. Often, she says, “adding texture in a more monochromatic palette creates a warm, cozy feel.”
Also, remember that while contrasting fabrics that play well with each other are a great way to add texture, it’s best to focus on quality over quantity. The goal shouldn’t be to cram as many different fabrics as possible into a given room.
If you’re looking for a relatively simple way to add texture to your home, Mroz suggests focusing on accessories and soft finishes. “Layering cushions of different textures and sizes, in addition to blankets” works well, she says.
“A rug is also a great place to add texture,” says Mroz. “Since it takes up so much of a room’s square footage, it packs a punch.”
Upgrading your walls might also help. Mroz says grasscloth wallpaper or woven wallcovering can really warm up a room and add visual interest. The same goes for window treatments like drapes and curtains.
Adding texture doesn’t have to be a budget endeavor, insists Mroz. That’s because small additions can really have a big impact.
“The most affordable way to add texture would be to add throw pillows or bedding to your already existing furniture. Or even a small accent rug,” says Mroz.
A lot of adding texture to home design changes the physical look of your interior. And so choosing the right textiles is essential. In fact, it’s a good idea to experiment with different fabrics to see which one looks the most physically appealing to you. If you have a leather sofa, for example, and you’re looking to make it more comfortable, you can try velvet cushions or a knitted cotton blanket.
During that time, Mroz says, his business has seen a lot of loops, sherpa, linen and knotted wools. These materials not only look great, but feel great.
Ultimately, though, it’s a good idea to compare your options based on looks, but also cost. In many cases, a low-end material will achieve the same goal as a high-end material at a much more acceptable price.