Simple but never plain with texture
by Tina Stephen
How to incorporate textures into your home:
While there is often a focus on shape, colour, and style of furniture in a room, the often-overlooked element, and every interior designer secret weapon, is texture. Working closely with textures can help elevate a room from the ordinary, and create warmth and personality that transcends colour. The popularity of neutral schemes can often lack depth, and working closely with different textures helps create interest and appeal. Most importantly, create layers of different textures in similar colourways, then add pops of colour to offset a neutral base.
Here are our top tips for adding texture to your home.
1. When choosing larger furniture items, consider not only their colour, shape, function and practicality, add a focus on texture and how different pieces work together to add dimension to the room. Look for fabrics which not only add warmth but interest, and don’t be afraid to mix and match textures – team a wool or linen fabric on a sofa with a leather occasional chair for an eclectic and interesting space.
2. Often a safe path is sort in regards to larger furniture items in a colour context, through fear of changing tastes and trends. This can be easily combated by adding several different textures to a neutral sofa or space. Choose fabrics or textures with an interesting mix of scale – a chunky wool throw and a sisal rug can add warmth, while a metallic cushion can add an element of luxe.
3. Texture has not only integrated itself into homewares and furniture, but also translates to walls, where companies are exploring both colour and modern textures. Look for natural element recreation like concrete, clay, stone or wood, with either paint effects or textured wallpaper. These add another dimension of tactility and interest.
Art Sculpture from Mr Bigglesworthy, Light from The Iconic, Rug from BoConcept, Throw from Alex and Corban, Cushion from Shut The Front Door, Charcoal Concrete Paint Effect from Dulux, Mechanics Bay (Blush Colour) from Dulux, Linen Curtain fabric from Martha’s Fabrics. Featuring La-Z-Boy’s Arlington Modular Suite and the fabulous Nordic Asta Recliner with Ottoman.