Textures play an important part in interiors. Just for a moment, imagine a room where all the walls are white, the furniture is white with all surfaces are covered in the same semi-matte gloss and any artwork is in shades of grey. Where would your eye find its focal point? Would that room feel warm to you? Sure, it’s minimalism at its best and there are plenty of people who like it that way, but my senses would tell me that something is lacking.
Now imagine the same room but with worn wood flooring, exposed bricks, textured tiles, heavy knits and just a little rough around the edges. Not perfect or glossy, but lived in and full of warmth and character. That’s what texture is about. It gives a room character and warmth. It gives the eye something to focus on and it makes us want to stay and chat rather than feel like we’re intruding into a show home.
Adding texture to your home can be done in many different ways and just as many materials can be used for this purpose. It’s not something that needs to be confined to the living room or bedroom, it’s just as important use it in kitchens and bathrooms. Think about all the different surfaces in a room. The walls can be tiled with heavily textured tiles or mosaics. The floors can be tiled or covered in a deep carpet – both will give texture in their own way.
Accessories are as important and very easy to incorporate. A big, chunky blanket will give the simplest of beds immediately more interest whilst textured wall hangings are a great focal point. Use as many natural materials as possible, they usually are more textured than the man-made ones. Of course it doesn’t have to be as heavy as the chunky blanket to make a difference. Think about textiles like wild silk, natural linen and finely knit mohair. All these have a subtle texture which isn’t immediately obvious but will still make a difference.
It is especially important to incorporate texture when (like me!) you don’t use much colour in your home. The wall above is a great example. All white, but it’s the texture of the tiles that make it interesting. I’m sure you’d agree that a wall that has simply been plastered and painted white wouldn’t look half as good, right?
Another tip when working with texture is to keep the colours roughly similar. I would advise to go either with lots of colour or lots of texture but not necessarily mix both – unless you are a naturally calm person who isn’t ever distracted by many things anyway. Mixing lots of bold colours with lots of textures can easily result in an unsettling and seemingly chaotic room. Keep the colour palette restricted, add patterns and textures for interest and the results will be interesting without looking crazy. I think the mosaic tiles above really prove this, don’t you?