Texture is one of the most overlooked aspects of home decor. DIY decorating gals rule the roost when it comes to following advice about color, furniture arrangement, accessorizing, etc. But, most people don’t give the idea of texture enough consideration. Yet, it is very important! Why? Because texture helps influence mood, comfort, and visual interest. It is often the detail that draws you into a room to inspect it a little more closely. You ask yourself, “Is that faux fur bed throw as soft as it looks?” Or, “Are those granite countertops as smooth and glossy as they seem?” Then you move closer to find out. Texture is a very exciting element of décor because it is so detailed and intriguing.
There are two approaches to texture. One is to work with elements that have permanence and a lasting impact on the room. For example, wood floors, stone tiles, and wallpaper. If you own your home and you have the autonomy to go big, we recommend starting with changes such as these. The second approach is to rely on temporary or intermittent decorative items – things that you can easily remove when it’s time to do so.
On the other hand, if you want to make small, easy changes, here are a few simple ways to incorporate texture into your design scheme.
- Rugs: Incorporate both small functional rugs and large area rugs.
- Pillows: Don’t just mix colors. Mix fabrics and treatments, such as, tweed, faux fur, sequined, etc.
- Natural sources: An easy and lovely way to enjoy texture – candles and plants!
- Paint: Create depth by working with multiple shades of the same color, rather than a hodge-podge of different colors.
- Wall art: Avoid flat framed items, and try 3D art pieces. For example, box frames that allow space to set thing in them. Rather than hang a framed photo, set it inside a box frame hung on the wall. Same photo, different textural aspect due to depth.
- Lighting: Add small light sources to the room to enhance light and shadow. So, a boutique mini-lamp or a moody sconce.
- Accessories: An obvious suggestion. Use plenty of unique and visually interesting pieces such as vases, decorative balls, and so forth.
- Blankets and throws: The trick here is to be less concerned with function and more concerned with touch. Add more than one. Try a knit blanket, a chenille throw, and a traditional quilt.