December 15, 2020 4 min read

Most of us know what the word texture means. By definition, it's the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface.

Okay. Makes sense. But, it seems to be a design element that's often overlooked, yet entirely organic in every room.

Whether we realize it or not, every lamp, sofa, and throw pillow incorporates a new bit of texture. The goal, however, is to use texture in interior design with purpose and precision.

We're very excited to show you how to layer textures in interior design and take every room in your home to a new level. With thoughtful purpose, you're going to love walking into every well-textured corner of your home. Let's get started. 

What Is Texture?

Let's go a little deeper. What does the word texture mean to you? Do you imagine the sheen of a span of silk or the ridges on a stretch of corduroy? If so, you're already getting the picture.  

In interior design, texture refers to the surface quality of a material. And, if you think about it, every surface has texture. There are two prominent forms of texture: 

  • Tactile
  • Visual

Tactile texture refers to the actual feeling of a surface, whether that be smooth, rough, hard, soft, etc. Visual texture refers to our perception of a surface. Light can play a large part in visual texture, creating shadows and giving the illusion of depth.

The best way to illustrate texture is to consider this. Imagine modern interior design. You might imagine glossy surfaces, like the ones created with a clear ghost chair.  

How about a room with an old-world feel? In which case, you might imagine thickly carved wood, velvet couch cushions, and thick tapestries.

In the end, texture can create the most luxurious surfaces and clearly state your design elements in the blink of an eye or the sweep of a hand. 

What Is Visual Weight?

Visual weight is an important element of texture and pattern in interior design. It's how an object or section of a room draws attention to itself.

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For example, you might notice the three-dimensional, colorful pop of color from a pouf centered in front of a sofa. You might also notice the bold art deco or modernistic flair from a throw pillow.

There are many elements in a room that can create visual weight. A bookcase, a bold piece of wall art, or a cozy reading nook can all create visual weight.

Visual weight is important because it quickly becomes a focal point in any given room and will say a lot about your favorite flavor of design.

How to Create texture?

The good news is, texture tends to insert itself into design elements rather naturally. After all, every material has a texture of some sort. But, in order to create texture with a certain level of consciousness, here are a few steps to take. 

Layer Different Textures

Did you know you can create texture simply by layering a mustard-colored throw blanket atop a soothing, gray loveseat? Pop in a few colorful throw pillows and you not only have texture but also visual weight. 

You can also incorporate texture by placing a glossy statue on a bookcase with antique first-edition books. Or, you might install clear glass sconces beside a brick fireplace.

Whenever you can mix and match smooth and rugged surfaces, you're well on your way to a room filled with wonderful, complementary textures.

Use Your Lighting

While throw blankets, throw pillows, stone fireplaces, and glossy statues are all fine textural design elements, don't forget about lighting.  

SURYA CONSTANCCE TABLE LAMP
The shadows cast by a dim light or the spray of color from a brighter wattage can instantly create texture in a room. 

Let's consider a reading nook. This is a great example of mixing texture in interior design.

Position warm lighting in the corner of a room. The bulb itself will create a soft, ambient glow if you choose warm white light.

Also, the fixture itself can create texture, depending on what type of furniture you pair it with. A stained glass lampshade paired with a smooth, linen armchair can create a wonderful contrast. 

Then, staying with the linen armchair, you might throw a cashmere blanket atop it in the wintertime and a cotton or silk blanket in the summer months. 

Now, you have a small corner of the room filled with texture (while also providing fabulous visual weight). 

Don't Forget an Area Rug

If you've chosen neutral furniture, then you're well on your way to a gorgeous ethnic, floral, or geometric rug.

We often hear how area rugs "tie the room together." But, what we don't realize is that it's also creating wonderful texture.

Area rugs instantly create texture because, typically, they have a lot of three-dimensional color to them. A nice Persian in the center of the room will be instantly eye-catching as it creates new depths. 

Then, there's also the actual feel of the carpet. A nice shag will do something completely different than a flat, geometrical design. Still, it's one of the most prominent examples of texture in interior design. 

Achieving Texture in Interior Design

These are just a few of the ways in which you can achieve texture in interior design. Every time you layer, light, or accessorize any room, you're turning up the heat on your design capabilities. 

When you're ready to purchase that mustard yellow throw for your sofa or that bright floral area rug for your living room, we hope you'll shop with us.

Here at Flaird, we're your home decor store for everything from accent furniture, to bedding, to lighting, to wall art, and more.   

We make shopping easy with our huge inventory because there's something here for everyone. And we also love to showcase new decorating ideas and tips to help you add texture, color, and insight to every room you inhabit.

We can't wait to help you punch up the color in your living room and cozy into your bedroom (a.k.a. your sanctuary). Until then, happy shopping!


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