Using Texture in Interior Design

grass cloth wallpaper

Typically, when we think of texture, our mind goes to nubby fabrics that we love to run our hands over. However, all surfaces in an interior design scheme relate to texture. Flooring, furniture, wall coverings, windows, ceilings – texture is applied in these places as well. Sleek tiles, rough sea grass wallpaper, bubbly glass inserts, and smooth leather bring textural elements to a space. This three-dimensional look lends visual interest to your home and can even add an art-like quality to your surfaces.

How to Use Texture in Interior Design

Living Room Design Ideas

1) Balance – Too much of a good thing leads to a confusing and unwelcoming space. It is important to remember that every surface of your room adds texture, whether smooth or raised. Just like color and pattern, mixing textures within your design scheme will keep things balanced. For example, a highly textured fabric on your couch can be offset by a low-pile rug, a shiny coffee table surface and smooth walls.

2) Pattern vs Texture – Particularly with fabrics, texture is mixed with pattern to create a three-dimensional look. We also see pattern used on its own to build the same effect. However, combining many patterns with many textures will overwhelm the eye. If you are planning to use a lot of patterns in your design scheme, you may want to limit the amount of texture you bring in.

Kitchen design idea

3) Texture in Surprising Places – Move beyond fabric and floor coverings to bring texture to your space. In the kitchen pictured above we added a unique look to the walls by using a three-dimensional tile. Paired with the smooth surfaces of the cabinetry, countertops and flooring, this spectacular wall covering offers a richness that pulls your eye deeper into the space.

Texture is meant to draw you into a design scheme, making you want to touch and interact with it. While pattern and color can add a three-dimensional element through optical illusions, texture is the real thing, allowing you to physically experience the depth of a space. There are some places where it is not recommended, such as textured ceilings, which are created for the ease of the builder and spiders rather than for beauty. Otherwise, we encourage playing with the many surfaces of your room to create an alluring yet cohesive look.

One benefit of working with an interior designer is the access they have to design sources closed to the public. There are many more options for design elements out there beyond what you find in stores or online! Hoskins Interior Design can help you combine all of your wishes for your design to create the home you dream of. To discuss your design project, send us an email or give us a call at 317.253.8986.




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