You probably feel like you already have more than enough to deal with when decorating your home. There’s lighting, furniture, accessories, flooring, window treatments, color coordination — the list seems endless. But texture coordination is worth the effort because it adds a completely new dimension to your design scheme. Using a variety of textures makes the room interesting to look at and comfortable to be in. There are many ways to add texture to a room, and following these tips can set you on the right track in creating your design.
If this is your first time considering texture, you may not know how much texture is too much to incorporate into a room. Do you remember your grandmother’s shag-carpeted, clutter-filled den? That’s too much texture. The key, just like with color, is to create textural focal points. You can still go with shag if that’s your thing but try to confine it to an area rug in the center of the room. You want to create a subtle and complex design, not an overwhelming presentation of textures. You can approach texture from any point in the room, not just floors, although flooring is an easy place to start.
Accented area rugs are a simple and comfortable way to add texture to your room. A bold hardwood floor also adds a very finished element of texture to any design. Whatever texture you choose for the floor, keep comfort and utility in the forefront of your mind. You want something that can withstand the wear of shoes but is still comfortable on bare feet. The point of texture is to add comfort, so skip the itchy rugs. Tile is a fantastic option, especially if you want to add color to the floor scheme as well.
The easiest way to add texture and dimension to your walls is to add a few mirrors to the room. Mirrors make the space appear larger and offer additional dimension to the walls. A large mirror can make the room appear as though it contains an extra chamber. You will create a more complex and comfortable space with at least one good mirror.
Wallpaper is another route to take will wall textures. Please don’t picture your grandma’s overwhelming floral walls; wallpaper has come a long way since then. There are plenty of simple, modern, and earthy patterns available that can make your room much more comfortable. If you really are not a fan of wallpaper, wainscoting is a beautiful option to break up the texture in a wall. Especially if you have a neutral or white wall, wainscoting makes the room appear taller and breaks the eye’s vision between top and bottom.
Windows are an important place to add texture, although people often forget to spend time on them. According to Kristan Cunningham, former host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, windows are the ideal element to begin with. She says, “The best place to start is with the windows because it is the most visual thing within the space.”
Consider the luxurious atmosphere of rich curtains, the earthiness of wood blinds, or the simple but fun flare of patterned Roman shades. Roman shades with the right design can even function as wall art in a smaller room. You can also use the pattern to play off other similar patterns in the room. For a simpler look, cellular shades allow lots of comforting light through while creating a distinct texture on the windows. They can be neutral or bold in color, and they help control the heat transfer in the room. Carefully chosen window treatments tie the entire room together, so be sure not to skip this step.
By sticking with items that are comfortable and familiar to you, you will quickly learn that building texture is not so tough. The effort is well worth it because texture adds so much to your overall design. Especially in rooms with very neutral color schemes, texture is a way to step up the design and add new dimensions to a living space. Familiarizing yourself with the elements of texture will open up new and exciting design possibilities.