Texture is often the most overlooked aspect in the world of interior design. It is something that can elevate the look of a room from good to extraordinary. It is also the answer when you feel something is missing in the decor of your room. In simple terms, texture is how the surface of an object distinguishes itself from the rest. It could be perceived either by touching or looking at it.
People generally think of adding texture after designing the room. However, we encourage you to add texture when you are ideating the look of a room. It will help in planning a theme and symmetry in your design.
Why are textures important?
Textures can help in creating a balance and make certain areas pop. Imagine what would happen if you selected a color scheme and chose everything in the same texture? The room would look bland, and your eyes will not focus on any one particular area. You can bring balance by using different textures. However, it also important to not go overboard with them and have too many distinct textures in one room.
Formulating a focal point
You must have heard interior designers talk about a focal point in the room. In simple terms, it is the point that attracts the attention of the eyes. Creating it is simple in the bedrooms as the bed takes notice. It becomes challenging to create one in the living room. You can resolve it by adding textures. Layer a smooth surface over a rough one to make the latter one stand out. You can either club them together or maintain some distance to make it subtle.
We all know how layering is done in fashion. You pick up pieces of different lengths to create a unique look. The world of interior design is not very different. There are seven main different layers and texture is one crucial element of them. For instance, you can select exposed brick walls, rattan or macrame to add contrast or character to your room.
Here’s how you can add textures and enhance the appeal of your home.
Wallpapers are magical in the way they can transform a room. Textured wallpapers are generally designed to give a 3D illusion, or they have an uneven surface to touch. You can get a host of options like wallpapers resembling stones, bricks, wood, etc. They can add a lot of depth and character when combined with the right furniture and other decor elements. Apart from giving you a room that speaks of your personality, textured wallpapers are your perfect solutions for covering up the flaws in the walls. The fact that they are low maintenance is a bonus point.
More often than not, people go to the stores and pick what pleases their eyes. It may look good, but may not go with the theme you wanted. For instance, glass, ceramic and other shiny surfaces reflect light. Such items can add glamour to your rooms and also make them appear larger. On the other hand, rough wooden surfaces can soak light and add warmth to your home. Such textures are perfect for industrial, rustic or hygge design concepts.
You can break the monotony of your floors by placing kilim carpets or faux sheepskin rugs. If you are in the process of building your home, you can opt for a selection of wooden and marble rooms in different rooms to achieve different looks.
Accessories and plants
You can create so many looks just by changing your vases, accents, mirrors, etc. However, the key is to stick to a theme of textures to get a consistent look going. To avoid any disharmony, stick to two or three types of textures. You can even layer or stack them alternately to create a statement. Plants and flowers, when placed rightly, can accentuate the overlook theme that you are trying to create. For instance, they differ in their visual appeal in the shapes, length, and density of the petals or leaves. You can pick vases to match with other items in the room for a cohesive look.