Have you ever decorated a room and felt like its missing something but you’re not sure what?
Quite often it will be texture- it has a huge role to play in elevating a space and bringing it to life.
When used correctly, texture can add depth and dimension to a room and has the ability to really heighten the senses.
Lets have a look at a few points to consider when adding texture.
REMEMBER, EVERYTHING HAS A TEXTURE!
When styling your room keep in mind that everything has a texture- from flooring and walls to curtains and lamp shades. Its worth paying careful consideration to everything in order to create the right mood. Smooth, shiny surfaces such as marble, stainless steel and silk work well to create a cool, bright space as they will reflect the light.
If you are looking to create a cosier feel to your room opt for rougher materials like wood and tactile finishes like wool. These have the opposite effect and absorb the light and really warm up a space. Also consider the type of paint you are using as it follows the same rule – High gloss and silk paints will bounce light around a room whilst matt paints will absorb the light which will again, make the room feel warmer.
This is the easiest way to add texture to a room. Adding cushion’s and throws to a leather sofa will instantly add warmth, as will a rug to a concrete or tiled floor. I am a huge fan of mixing textiles. Think velvet with silk or a sheepskin throw with linen. When it comes to window dressings think of thick, heavy fabrics for warmth and lighter silk fabrics to create an airier, fresher look. Cushion covers are an inexpensive way to change a room from cool to warm or vise versa. You could always change these with the seasons to give your room a refresh.
When you have established the feel of the room you are creating- for example formal and sophisticated or rustic and relaxed, you can really start to layer the texture. Think textured paint, wooden furniture, sheepskin rugs, heavy knit throws and thick cushions. Or tiled floors, high gloss furniture and thoughtfully placed glassware. You can start picture how you would feel in these rooms can’t you?
If you have a room that is feeling a little too clinical don’t be afraid to add more natural textures to balance it out. For instance a kitchen with a concrete floor, high gloss units and a marble worktop might just need balancing out with maybe a wooden chopping board or a clay pot. Or simply adding a glass vase to a rustic room will add another dimension.
The key to getting the right balance is to keep your colour palette minimal. Think of sticking to 3 colours throughout and this will tie everything together and bring joy to the eye.
House plants are not only great for your wellbeing but are full of texture! Think about the types of leaves- smooth, prickly, course etc. With careful consideration they can really pull a design together and bring harmony to your space. Whether you repeat the same types of texture that you have running through your room or add contrast, bringing different types of plants into your room will add a natural element. Having a large plant in an elegant or fun pot can also act as a focal point.
If you are lacking natural light there are some really life like artificial plants out there which will still have the same effect.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and my tips have inspired you. Thank you for reading.