There are many ways to bring beautiful style into your home. Colour and shape are just two of the most commonly used approaches to style. Perhaps one of the most underused components is texture. Every surface has a texture. That includes every fabric, every flooring and every piece of furniture. So how can you use texture as part of the design in a room?
You might start with the walls. Traditionally, these have been used to inject substantial colour into your room. Aside from the odd woodchip horror, they are often thought of as an option to add texture. A freshly plastered wall with a high gloss paint finish can be incredibly smooth and work well with the light. Why not add a textured wallpaper to bring a different dimension?
Wall art or canvas arts are also a good source of texture you might not have thought about before. Oil paints beg to be touched when they are exposed on canvas. Instead of a print, why not consider a mosaic or oil painted picture? You could create your own if you’re keen to colour match to something else in the room.
Fabrics are also rich in tactile textures. They want to be touched and wrapped around us. Throws are the obvious choice here. Faux furs, lengthy wool strings, smooth silks, or even coarse canvas finishes can be used. Mix it up a bit. You’ll be surprised what a difference an eclectic collection of fabrics can have on the same colour.
Your drapes or curtains also fall into this category. You could custom make them yourself by using options like Blendworth fabrics. This gives you complete control of the touch and feel you want to bring into the room. The texture will also affect how the light falls on a fabric, and how the fabric hangs or sits.
Sofas and chairs can be hard, smooth textures of wood. They might be cold, stark textures of metal. Or they might be soft, squishy, comforting textures of fabric. Why not seek to mix it up a bit here? Leather sofas with wool cushions can offer a wonderful contrast. Just as you might mix your colours for a warmer palette, try to mix your textures for added effect.
Don’t forget your flooring! As lovely as the smooth sensation of a hardwood floor might be under bare feet, a thick, lush, rug can be the perfect complement. Perhaps you have carpets in some of your rooms? Chances are you spent time feeling the pile with your hands before choosing to buy them. It should be tactile, and that experience should be pleasurable when it’s in your home. Textiles don’t just have to be practical!
When you are selecting art pieces like ornaments, don’t forget that texture can be just as important here too. You can see texture by noticing how the light plays with the item. Some objects just beg to be touched! You might already have a favourite item in your living room that you enjoy handling. What do you look for in home textures?