Interior design involves a lot of different aspects of how your space looks and feels, but perhaps none is so underrated as the proper use of texture and materials. You’ve no doubt spent some time arranging your furniture before, and you’ve probably considered how different colors and wood stains go (or fail to go) together. But when was the last time you sat down and catalogued the different textures and materials that make up your furniture, wall hangings, bedding, and other essential parts of your rooms? When was the last time that you considered whether and how those materials and textures were working together?
The fact is, working with materials and textures in interesting ways can be a huge breakthrough for your interior design goals. The flow of your room is defined by furniture arrangements, and colors have a big say in the look. But the feel of your room is important, too, and that can be heavily influenced by the fabrics, woods, and different textures that we sense when we look at a space or feel when we touch something.
Using textures and materials wisely isn’t too complicated, either! Here are some things to consider as you try to make your spaces even better.
Add textures to rooms without much
If you haven’t spent much time thinking about texture before, then there’s a good chance that some rooms in your space are lacking in texture. They’re going to tend to have smooth surfaces: smooth wood or metal finishes on furniture, smooth fabrics or leather on the couch, smooth glass fronts on framed wall hangings, and so on.
So start by simply adding texture! The simplest way is to start with fabrics and textiles. A big furry throw blanket can add a new dimension to your space without much effort at all. You can get vertical texture with window dressing like curtains, and you can even choose to hang up other fabrics — which brings us to our next section.
Put texture on your walls
Look at your wall hangings. What do you see? There’s a good chance that your space is dominated by simple framed pieces, perhaps with smooth glass fronts. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can hang tapestries and quilts on your walls. You can hang felt pennants or three-dimensional objects. You can hang all sorts of textured materials, whether they’re considered “art” or not!
And you can transform traditional pieces into pieces with texture, too. Custom canvas printing can put any image or pattern you’d like onto a high-quality art canvas. That means that you can add personality and texture to your space at the same time! Canvas printing is a fantastic way to lend weight and dignity to a personal photograph that you took or that you and friends or family are featured in.
Mix materials wisely
Some traditionalists stick with one type of material for their furniture. They may buy furniture in matching sets, or they may opt for furniture that is mismatched in design but that is all formed of the same material.
You can do this, but you can also consider mixing materials to create a more textured feel. Just be sure to mix wisely. Combining too many different types of materials into one space can make it feel crowded and busy. You could select two types of materials, such as wood and metal, and combine them in the room (or even within an individual piece of furniture), and then use fabrics on the walls to round out texture. Of course, it’s also possible to add texture elsewhere and stick with matching furniture — it’s up to you! Now that you understand textures and materials, you can decide how to make your space pop.