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Incorporating Texture To Your Design

As you begin thinking about the design that you’re interested in for your space, it is only natural to think about style. Are you more into mid-century modern or farmhouse? You may even think about different color options that you want to play with. Are the kids out of the house? It may be fun to start using more color instead of browns and beiges that don’t show dirt! Regardless of these factors, many people neglect to think about a design element that can transform your space without a huge overhaul: texture.

What Does it Mean… to Add Texture?

Texture implemented in a space can create drastic results for visual stimulation. It can be confusing to follow a conversation about texture if you don’t know what it means. To put it simply, we add texture by creating visual interest. This is most often accomplished by creating variety between different patterns, scale of objects and finishes that are in your space.

The easiest way to add texture to a space is by layering a variety of different textiles, materials, colors, and metals in a single space. This creates depth. For example, you might add a fluffy faux fur blanket to a leather couch in contrasting colors. Another example might be adding a dark blue velvet sofa against a light blue wallpapered wall. Mixing brass and unfinished wood is another example. Adding texture can not only be adding something to a room that you want to touch and feel, but also a variety of objects that create interest through complementary colors, such as bright orange pottery displayed on a blue background.

Tips and Tricks to Add Texture into a Space

Remember that the key to adding texture to a space usually means time. We naturally collect our belongings over several years. Unless you are a designer with a warehouse full of staging décor, moving into a new space means that you may lack the items you need to add texture into your space. When there is less texture in a space it can make it feel impersonal, unlived in, and look like it is missing something.

We add texture into a space by first filling it with the items we have to work with, then looking at what can be added that contrasts with those items, yet enhances them. Over time, you can add in pieces that really speak to you and will add new layers and complete the space. Try these ideas:

  • Adding something smooth to something rough – leather and faux fur

  • Adding accents of the same color in different textures

  • Adding table decorations that are soft, like feathers with containers that contrast such as metal

  • Adding natural products like plants and wood to tables made of marble or stone

  • Your floors, walls, and textiles can create beautiful layers. Think rugs, wallpaper, and photos or tapestry.

Interested in Learning More?

At Desired Designs we strive to make strategic and functional design solutions accessible to small businesses and homeowners. Our wide range of design services are customized for each individual that we work with. Our goal is always to help you create a space that is relaxing and representative of your personality and tastes. There is no project that is too big or too small, we can work with a wide range of budgets and scope. It would be our pleasure to help you design your life with a custom touch, contact us today to learn more.


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