Have you ever decorated a room and thought, “No, something is not quite right”. You have all the fabulous furnishings and the right colors and the perfect accents but your room is still off. There is one element of decor that is so so important and unfortunately often overlooked. Today let’s talk about the importance of TEXTURE in decor!
Texture plays such an important role in elevating your rooms to be perceived by your brain as something beautiful. When texture is absent from decor a room often looks “flat”. In other words not interesting to our brains and perceived as boring.
There are so many elements to remember when putting together an attractive room: color, focal point, sight lines, scale and proportion, balance, style, repeated elements, white spaces, etc. And some elements of design are easily seen if not executed correctly. But many of us forget about the magic of TEXTURE!
Texture, by my definition, is the ability of our eyes to take in things around it and our brains to translate how those things feel. Texture is how something feels and we really don’t even have to touch it!
This is a picture of my living room…
For years I felt the room had all the elements of design I knew to add to a room. Even texture. But look at what happened to the room when I added another layer of texture in a sisal rug…
What a difference! There are many reasons the rug made such a difference. But one of the main factors is this bumpy but soft rug added so much texture!
But texture is not all about bumpy things. It’s about feeling all sorts of surfaces. Hard, soft, furry, silky, shiny, smooth, rough, abrasive, downy, chunky, embossed, ragged pleated, thin… you get the picture!
And here’s the secret… we need to try to mix different textures into our rooms so our eyes are excited to travel from one texture to another so our brain says, WOW THIS IS SO INTERESTING without it getting overloaded!
Learning how to add different textures to a room might take a little bit of practice. Try adding and editing texture and each time you do snap a picture. Then study your picture. You will be amazed what a picture can tell you that your eyes might miss!
I talk about “visual weight” on our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks often. Visual weight is all about texture. Everything we see our brain “weigh”. Lucite has very little visual weight and a nubby rug like the one in my living room has lots of visual weight.
Lots of visually weighted texture makes a room feel much more cozy and warm. Less visually weighted texture makes a room feel sophisticated and and sometimes aloof.
Here are some ways to add texture to your home:
- use architectural features- crown molding, larger window casings, door casings, shiplap, and hearths are all good examples of adding architectural weight to a home
- furniture- consider the texture of every piece you put into your home. Rough planked bookshelves, smooth wooden tables, and linen upholstered sofas are examples of home furnishing texture.
- accents- I love accents because here’s where you can easily bring texture into your home. Satin pillows, fluffy throws, smooth candlesticks and rough wooden bowls are ripe with texture! I must also add burlap covered books… my favorite!
- floor coverings- hide rugs, sisal rugs, silk orientals and wall to wall pile carpet have texture that will add interest to a room!
- textiles- every piece of material will add some sort of texture and visual weight to a room. The shiner and smoother the less weight and the more furry, bumpy and rough the more weight!
- wall materials- drywall, brick, shiplap, paneling, wainscoting, stone, marble are examples.
Now you know! Look around the rooms in your home and see where you can add wonderful, visual texture!
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