Let’s face it – designing a room is never as easy as it sounds. It takes a clear vision, a ton of planning, and, of course, beautiful design elements that, when paired together, will create balance. One aspect that people often forget to factor in their design, however, is texture. When people design using texture, they can unlock a hidden potential that will make a room shine. But, to do that, you’ll need to learn the basics.
When the interior design world talks about texture, it’s referring to the surface quality of an item. Every surface has a unique texture that can be used to create depth in a design. We perceive texture through touch and sight, and designers are trained to play around with lighting, viewing distance, and texture pairing to make those senses come alive when you are viewing a room.
But, even if you’re not a trained designer, you can still achieve similar results if you keep texture in mind. There are countless ways to incorporate texture into your design, you just need a little nudge in the right direction. Below are our four favorite ways to design using texture – some of them may surprise you!
Add Pillows and Throws to Sofas
One way you can design with texture is to add soft furnishings to your sofa. We recommend adding pillows, throws, and other decor items to sofas to create interest. Pillows and throws are the easiest way to add texture to a sofa because they are affordable and can come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics that can offset the material of the sofa. They also add an additional sense of style and comfort that you’ll love to relax in.
Use Exposed Wood
Natural wood is a fantastic interior design material because it makes any space feel cozy and inviting. Additionally, exposed wood is hard, rough, and adds warmth to designs in an effortless way. To get this look, you can easily pair exposed wood with something soft and luxurious, like the blush velvet sofa in the above photo. It’s a classic pairing that can’t be beat.
Bring the Outside In
If you don’t want to add texture using traditional decor items, consider doing so with plants instead. Adding plants into a design scheme has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. Plants add interest to a room because they have a unique texture that naturally contrasts with the hard and soft materials in the room. They also come in different shapes and sizes, so you can find plenty that will fit your style.
Design Using Texture By Layering Rugs
When you’re adding texture, you can’t forget about your floors! Whether your home boasts carpet or hardwood, it’s always a good idea to add in a rug or two to give the bottom of a room more interest. We also recommend going outside of the box and layering rugs to create even more texture. The rugs you choose can even have contrasting patterns and colors, but make sure that coordinate in some way so they will work in your room and draw the right kind of attention.