Interior design with textures in mind

Just as it is important to decorate the home with a pleasing blend of colors, it is equally important to add warmth and depth to a room by ensuring there are layers of texture. This could be as simple as laying a rug over a hardwood floor or lining walls with textured wallpaper.

Why do interiors need texture?

Textures bring a home to life; the absence of them kills a room stone dead. A living space needs to have gradations of color. Paint and decorate a room in simple, flat colors without any textural break and it will be sterile and boring. But add a few textures, and the room suddenly becomes a lot more appealing.

Textures for the walls

Walls can have a major impact on a room and help to set the tone for the rest of the interior design. Add texture to this wide area of space by papering with embossed or Anaglypta wallpaper. This can then be painted to the color of choice, yet still allowing the raised pattern to show through. Alternatively, hang a paper that is already colored and has a raised pattern, such as a thick woven effect or floral pattern. Extra care needs to be taken with this kind of wallpaper, as it can be easily damaged.

An alternative to wallpaper is to line the walls with wooden paneling. Wood has its own natural beauty, with each plank or panel, because of the distinctive wood grain, being entirely unique. Wood has the effect of immediately ‘cozying’ up a room, making a truly inviting space.

A more modern take on wall decoration is the lining of interior walls with a fake brick veneer. This can give a room a rustic and warm feel.

Textures for the windows

Windows provide an excellent opportunity to add textures. Curtains can be hung on their own or teamed with blinds, either roller, Venetian or Roman, to build up the layers. It is important, however, not to overdo the patterns. If the curtains are patterned, then the blinds should be plain, and vice versa.

An alternative, and very on-trend at the moment, is custom fitted shutters. These are a simple and streamlined way to dress the windows, yet due to their adjustable slats and hinged folds, they have layers of texture too.

Textures for the floors

Hardwood or laminate flooring has been a popular choice for many years now, but it can be a little cold. Add warmth and texture by laying down rugs. These will also help to break up the space and provide an opportunity to add accent colors.

Carpets are a traditional choice for the home, and are especially desirable in the more private areas of the home, such as the bedroom. A deep and soft carpet will add warmth and a sense of luxury to this room.


Once the shell of the room has been decorated, it is time to add the furniture. Choose seating that has different upholstery, with one sofa being covered in fabric and another in leather, and build up layers of texture on them with various types of cushions.


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