How to add texture

August 02, 2018

How to add texture

Are you keen to bring extra dimension to your decor?

Have a look at these tips about what to use and where. Build layers of texture with sheer curtains, painted finishes, natural fibres, sleep surfaces and a fluffy rug.

  • Roll out a rug; Say yes to rugs! The added tactility on the floor will transform the feeling of the room, especially if you choose a style of rug with high pile or tassels and fringing. You get bonus texture points if you experiment with layering multiple rugs.
  • Go Green; Decorate with foraged pieces found in nature-think tall cuts of pampas grass in a sculptural vase or pretty vintage tray filled with seedpods and shells. Or hunt down air-purifying plants with a variety of leaf shapes and sizes and cluster them together for full impact.
  • Embrace Imperfection; Invite an element of roughness into your space with vintage items that feature the bumps and knocks of old age or handmade pieces that show signs of the maker. The imperfections of uneven surfaces or a patina relax a space add a touchable quality.
  • Play With Pattern; A room that contains patterns will feel very textural, even if they don't have a raised texture. Dousing every surface with a print can overwhelm a space, so start small with a printed cushion or rug and inch closer to a pattern-on-pattern explosion for the full effect.
  • Nurture The Natural; There is something about natural, raw materials that instantly adds depths to a space. Choose linen, timber, stone, hides and leather over synthetic or processed materials. These natural fibres and finishes feel (and smell) good and add subtle richness to a room.
  • Hang Out; Take your walls from flat to fab with styling ideas beyond standard art and mirrors. Weavings, wall-mounted plants and interesting fabric will add a layer of lush to your walls, while a floating shelf will provide a highlighted spot to play with an ever-evolving vignette.
  • Call On Curtains; Remember that curtains and blinds can be a decorative element, and when done the right way, they soften a room and add another layer. A quick DIY can make a big difference. Try natural linens in a simple drop or bring in beachy texture with easy to install woven blinds.
  • A Case For Baskets; Layering your room with one or two baskets is an easy way to add an organic element to a space - and they double up as handy storage in any room. A loosely woven basket has a casual look, so choose a tighter weave if you're after a more formal style.
  • Style The Surfaces; Walls and ceilings make up most of a room's surface area, so finishing them with an interesting texture can really cosy up a room. A textured grass cloth or embossed wallpaper will pop when hit by light, while a raw ply ceiling or exposed beams add interest overhead.