Texture is one of the most important elements of interior design. Once you’ve reclaimed the original architecture, chosen your color palette, and configured your layout, texture can elevate a space and add a sense of depth, weight, and tone to a room. Read on for these expert interior design tips.
Don’t think about texture as an afterthought
Camilla Clarke, creative director at Albion Nord, believes that we should “consider texture to be as important as color and pattern”. She adds: “There is nothing worse than a flat design. Interiors aim to evoke the senses and therefore texture is an essential ingredient in every design to operate our senses of sight and touch. Try mixing different textures such as natural linens with soft velvets or rugged leathers with thick wools.
Look to the walls
According to Martin Waller, founder of luxury design brand Andrew Martin: “Wall panels add subtle textures and still perform their original function of retaining warmth, fulfilling our desire for tactility and natural materials that are often lacking in modern life.
He added: “Wall panels are often thought of as a traditional addition to our homes, but are rapidly advancing today and many people are adding their own twists to panels making it a more accessible design trend, which makes it so relevant for decorating in 2022. If taking on this DIY task seems overwhelming, now you can achieve a paneled look through the use of wallpaper that offers the same effect with minimal effort.
Layer your lighting
You might not think lights can add texture to a room, but they can be another great tool for creating more layers. Distinct light sources diffuse differently in a room and produce a varied effect, highlighting certain areas while illuminating other areas.
Niki Wright, co-founder of lights&lamps, explains: “We design products with exaggerated scale to create interest and a sense of fun. This could be through a collection of lamps with a similar textured surface, or the use of geometric shapes such as domes, cones and globes. A statement lamp can have such seriousness in a living room, while a similarly shaped lamp on a smaller scale can be much more practical in a nook or placed on a small shelf while still being coordinated.
Start with the floor
Area rugs are the simplest texture creators, as placing just one in an interior can quickly harmonize a room’s decor. You shouldn’t assume that you just have to opt for a plush rug to add visual texture. Woven or knitted rugs can be just as tactile.
Jodie Hatton, Head of Design at Heritage Carpet Company Brintons, says: “As the colder months approach, layering rugs on a hard or carpeted floor is a wonderful way to add even more warmth, texture and vibrancy in a space. To create a balanced scheme, it is important to consider the composition of colors and patterns you combine, as too many can easily overwhelm a scheme.
“As a general rule, it’s a good idea to choose just a few colors and spread them throughout the rug or use a shade that works well as a backdrop, such as grays or beiges. Similar to how dark walls can transform a small room or patterned wallpaper can bring interest to an otherwise drab space, a patterned rug is an inspired way to make a feature of a smaller room. It can help add interest and character to the room. By pairing rugs together, the combination also illustrates their different weaves and prints making a unique design statement and playfully ties a room together.
Lift a kitchen design
According to Caesarstone head of design, Mor Krisher, the right textures and materials can really transform a kitchen from dull to divine. He explains: “Contrary to what people often think, black or dark kitchens are not always dark or austere. Dark colors can be bold and dramatic or warm and cozy. They have so many different shades, tones and tactility in them that give them a different character. They can be basic or sophisticated, bold or elegant, industrial or classic, traditional or modern.
“Starting a kitchen design with a black worktop can take you down a very exciting path when you start pairing it with different colors of doors, appliances and accessories and if you already dread all the white space, this is a great way to go.”