Texture in Interior Design

Colour and lighting are essential elements in design, but they’re nothing without texture. Texture has the power to add warmth, depth and character to your home in a way that traditional lighting and colour options can’t.

If you want to find out how to introduce more texture into your home, keep reading for our introductory guide to incorporating texture into your interior design scheme.

What exactly is texture?

Texture describes how an object feels. Interior décor pieces and accessories can be rough, smooth, or anything in between. Typically, rough, course textures add weight and pull focus. They make rooms feel warm and inviting and lend themselves well to both traditional and modern design schemes. In contrast, smooth textures make a room feel cooler as they also reflect more light, which adds a modern feel.

Of course, whilst a room full of smooth textures can look modern, a lack of texture can often leave a living space feeling dull and lifeless. This problem is easily solved by adding a few subtly textured pieces. Think of a sleek, modern living space with bright colours and smooth surfaces. By incorporating a few chunky fabrics like pillows or throws, you’ll invigorate the space with warmth and depth.

Adding texture

Want to add texture to you home but unsure where to start? The following five materials offer a perfect balance of rough and smooth to bring your texture-inspired design to life:

 1.    Marble

Not everything in your design scheme has to be a feast of texture. Marble offers a simple, smooth texture that’s especially popular in the kitchen. This gorgeous marble chopping board is perfect for breaking up the monotony of notoriously uninspiring work surfaces.

Marble chopping board 

2.    Wood

The surface of mango wood is utterly captivating and its unique grain pattern makes it an ideal material to accessorise with. Adding a mango wood lamp base is a simple way of incorporating eye-catching texture to any room.

 Mango wood lamp

 3.    Glass

Glass decor is stylish and versatile. What better way to incorporate this sleek texture than with glass lighting? Glass pendant lights are a huge trend for 2016 for good reason – they look incredible in any setting. Go simple with a hanging glass pendant, or make a statement with a stunning glass ball centrepiece.

Hanging glass pendant 

Glass ball light

 4.    Wool

Add a deep, rich texture to your home with wool. Thick, luxurious wool throws are a must-have for living rooms, especially if they’re accessorising a smooth leather sofa. This natural spot Merino lambswool throw is incredibly soft, resilient and soothing to the touch.

Natural spot throw

 5.    Bone

Like glass, bone is smooth to the touch, but it also offers a natural mixture of shades that gives every piece a unique texture of its own. If you want to keep texture simple, hand-carved bone cabinet knobs are a perfect accessory to accentuate the sleek style of your home.

Bone cabinet knobs 

Looking for something new?

At Grace & Glory Home we stock a beautiful collection of architectural hardware, lighting and fresh, functional homewares and accessories. If you’re looking to give your interiors an update, our new-in page is a great place to get some inspiration. For more information on any of our products, give our friendly and knowledgeable team a call on 01271 370095 or use our online contact form.