Nothing adds interest and depth to a space like texture. Natural rugs, distressed furniture, and even well-placed books can make a room more touchable. Texture isn’t just tactile, though. Even smooth surfaces present a texture. Anyone can incorporate touch-worthy elements into their space if they remember that the key to adding texture is simply to keep it balanced.
Why Do Rooms Need Texture?
When a well-planned, cohesive design lacks tactile elements, it can end up feeling very bland, cold, and unwelcoming. Texture is the piece of the puzzle that adds dimension to your room and prevents it from feeling sterile. It also provides balance and harmony, connecting the elements in your space from the floor to the ceiling – all while providing visual interest.
To give a room “visual weight,” it needs texture. Visual weight is what design professionals call it when the feel of a room invites you in with its visual complexity. It changes the vibe of a space from flat to cozy – with a certain depth that you can’t necessarily pinpoint or identify. In a monochromatic room design, texture can be used as a focal point so that your eyes have a place to rest. In a busier, more colorful space, texture can bring in much-needed neutrals without being boring.
Without texture, you may look around and feel like something is missing. The room may have great colors, furniture, and décor, but it may still feel empty and lacking in character.
Incorporating Texture into Your Space
Texture doesn’t just refer to the physical surface of a material. A fabric pattern or a richly-colored wall can create the illusion of texture. When adding texture into your space, choose only two or three different ones so that your space doesn’t get too busy. Too many textural elements will compete for attention and leave your room feeling heavy and stuffy.
Here are some easy ideas for mixing touch-worthy pieces into your space:
- Wall Décor – While faux finishes and wallpaper are a big commitment, they are fantastic options for adding texture. Not ready to commit? Group together photos and different pieces of artwork on a wall to get various textures without having to invest in to pricey wall coverings.
- Pillows – Pillows are an easy, inexpensive way to add texture to any space. Try adding pillows that have embellishments like beads or ruffles. Even if you use several pillows of the same color, choosing different fabrics and patterns will provide much-needed depth for your sitting area.
- Natural Elements – Wild, natural elements are a wonderful source for subtle textures – especially if you don’t want to make your tactile pieces the focal points of your room. To bring organic surfaces into the mix, add a vase filled with branches or fresh-cut, silky flowers. Antlers, shells, driftwood, and even plants can balance out a space without becoming the center of attention.
- Throws – Throws are an extremely simple way to add a bright pop of color and texture to an area. And the best part? They can easily be switched out with the seasons or holidays. Try a cozy faux fur throw draped over a leather chair or a neutral waffle weave throw on a linen sofa. You’ll achieve instant depth without lifting a finger.
- Shades of Color – Fan decks from paint stores can be useful tools when it comes to layering. Try selecting various shades of a color for one room instead of matching one exact shade. The subtle changes will add depth and dimension while maintaining an even backdrop.
- Area Rugs – In addition to defining a space, rugs help absorb sound and prevent a room from echoing. There are many rug choices available with fantastic textures. Whether you choose the simplicity of a neutral jute rug or a fun animal skin print, the rug itself will instantly add depth to your space.
- Accessories – Small mementos, books, shadow boxes, and personal collections can be used as textural elements. If you are trying to add more depth, consider a glittering chandelier to add another layer to your overall composition. Make sure to mix up your accessories so that you have a variety of finishes.
- Architectural Elements and Furniture – An antique wooden bench or a smooth, velvety couch will add immediate visual weight to any room. A mantle made of reclaimed wood or an accent wall lined with shiplap can also bring in texture while staying neutral.
- The Fifth Wall – Your ceiling is a great place to layer texture into your décor. If you have crown molding or tray ceilings, try making them a focal point by adding a rich paint color to the ceiling. In addition to paint, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and wood beams can completely balance out a space – from floor to ceiling.
Mix in Items that You Want to Touch
An inviting room is one that has layers of texture, encouraging your eyes to float around and find delight in the variation in elements. It may take some time to find just the right pieces for your personal space, but there is no need to rush. Combining different layers to make a room feel interesting is a work in progress. It may seem daunting at first, but before you know it, you’ll have a touch-worthy design that is cozy, welcoming, and pleasing to the eye.