Texture, the forgotten decorating element.

by Tim Shonkwiler April 24, 2015

The use of texture is an important part to any room.  This is often an area of interior decorating that gets left out or forgotten. Missing this step can leave a room looking dull or empty.  You may have wonderful decor but without the texture it can often be overlooked. So let's take a look at some ideas to add a touch of texture to your room.

First off, the definition of texture we are referring to is the characteristic pyshical structure to a material, an object, etc, by the size, shape, arrangement, and proportions of its parts. So how do we apply this to interior design?  Here are a few ideas to get you decorating in the right direction.

Textiles are often the first thing we think about when trying to add texture to a room.    Curtains, throw pillows and blankets can certainly do a lot to make a room feel warm and homey.  But to accomplish this with fabrics make sure you don't repeat the same style across the board.  Think about adding a leather or tweed accent here and there.  You can even find pillows with fringe or rope welts.  This is a great place to start but shouldn't be the only thing touched on.

The next step is underfoot.  Do you have wood floors, tile or even a very low pile carpet?  If you don't have a rug, you are missing the anchor to the room. With so many different styles of rugs out there in the market place you are sure to find the perfect one for your home.  And don't shy away from shag or sculpted rugs.  A rug will add warmth, color and texture to your room instantly.

You may not be a fan of silk flowers, but in my opinion no room is complete without some kind of floral arrangement.  Silks have come a long ways in the last couple years.  Some even look real.  But silk isn't the only option out there.  You can add some texture by throwing some aspen branches into a ceramic vase, or even find a florist in your area that can do a dried floral arrangement.  These often have great color and are preserved, sometimes even freeze dried. You can place these anywhere in your home.  On the top of your cabinets, a mantel, in a bookcase.  And don't forget, fresh flowers are always nice to have around.

Keep in mind that you can add texture in many different ways, including wallpaper, faux painting and even accent lighting.  The possibilities are endless, so get creative and bring your room to life.


Tim Shonkwiler
Tim Shonkwiler


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