Using Texture in Interior Design

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Texture is an important, and often underrated element to consider in Interior Design. The versatility of this element can enable you to still use a neutral colour palette without it seeming too dull as the materials help to create interest and variety within the space.

Some frequently-used textures include:

  1. Timber – Provides the space with warmth, contrast, and an earthy/rustic feel. 


The grains of the timber are so varied that different types of wood can create completely different settings to the space. E.g. Oak is often used in Scandinavian designs, whereas the warmer-toned Walnut brings about more of an industrial feel to the space.


2. Fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen provide a space with comfort and relaxation.


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These can be swapped around depending on the season. E.g. Wool for keeping warm in winter and linen for keeping cool in summer.


3. Metal – Brass, steel, copper, etc. provide elegance and cooling qualities


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If you are designing a space that feels quite warm (due to either the timber, sunlight getting in and/or paint colour) you can use different metals to contrast these tones and make the space feel a lot cooler.

4. Artwork provides colour, interest, patterns and movement.


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When selecting artwork, it is important to think about the rest of the space and how it can complement the other pieces in the room. Using texture through artwork can be very effective as it is often the focal point of the space and the first thing people see when entering a room.


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