Chapter Six: Texture

Bring dimension, shape and depth to your interior scheme with an array of fabulous textures - find out how in Chapter Six of the Houseology Design School.


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Bringing texture into your home is essential in order to introduce depth and dimension into your interior space. Texture refers to the surface finish of every aspect of your interior, be it a high shine console table or a rich wool throw, the feel of every piece contributes to the overall look and mood of the room.

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Although texture significantly affects the appearance of a space, how the pieces feel to the touch is also crucial to the success of texture within an interior scheme. Cosy knitted throws and faux furs are perfect combinations when creating rooms in which you want people to feel comfortable and at ease while spaces with lots of smooth finishes can be more suited to working environments such as studies or kitchens.

Selecting which textures to incorporate in your interior can be tricky, especially when incorporating them with other aspects of your interior such as colour, pattern and scale and in this chapter, we show you how…

01.Choosing texture

As with colour and pattern, combining different kinds of textures works best in order to create a beautiful, inspiring design scheme in your home. Like adding bursts of bold colour to neutral schemes or neutralising a bright palette with whites and creams, different textures can be used to create a feeling of balance within a design. Introducing a rug with a long, luxurious pile to a room that features lots of high gloss and smooth surfaces, or including a weathered timber table in a room with lots of metallic pieces brings harmony and balance to the scheme.

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Layering textures is key when it comes to creating depth in your interior and adding visual weight. How a texture appears to us is affected by the textures that are around it and so pairing contrasting textures can heighten the interest they add to a space. Blending different textiles, such as placing chunky knit throws and satin covered cushions on a soft linen upholstered couch, builds a more dynamic look that appeals to the eye as well as to the touch. This is also true with the architectural aspects of a design, for example, an exposed brick wall combined with glass shelving or partitions is a blend of contrast, with the two opposing finishes working together to create a stylish balance between sleek contemporaneity and rustic charm.

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The kind of textures you introduce to a space also has a major impact on the mood of the room as well as its aesthetic appeal. The most tactile textures, such a rough stone, weathered wood and rich textiles, are perfect for building a sense of warmth and comfort. Smooth sleek finishes such as veneers, glass and glazed ceramic, speak of contemporary designs and have cooler, more modern feel.

02.Points to consider:

As well as adding visual and tactile interest to a room, texture can impact upon how light a space feels as the varying surfaces will reflect or absorb the available light. Pieces with smooth or glossy finishes will reflect light out and so can make smaller rooms feel brighter and larger while rougher surfaces absorb.

Also to be considered when selecting textures for a space, is how practical they are for the area they are going to appear in. For instance, a long pile rug may look beautiful in your hallway and add a gorgeous richness of texture to the space, however long fibres are not the best suited to high traffic areas as they can become damaged and dirty and pose a trip hazard. Consider how the space is used and if any textures might become damaged or cause hazards before you make your final selections.

Colour scheme
The colour scheme of your room must also be considered when it comes to introducing texture as incorporating a number of colours, patterns and textures in one space can feel overwhelming. In rooms that feature a simpler, more neutral palette, texture is essential and can prevent the design from feeling flat or listless. An all-white scheme is anything but dull when chalky paint finishes, distressed wood and soft cashmeres are combined!

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03.Adding texture:

As one of the largest surface areas in your room, the floor is the ideal space for bringing in texture and rugs are the perfect addition. Whether you opt to contrast the texture of the rug with the floor beneath it or go for complementary finishes, a rug can lift and transform the space.

Designer wallpapers are available in a whole range of finishes from soft flock to glossy metallic and tactile papers made of woven fibres. Trompe l’oeil wallpapers also create the illusion of texture with their three dimensional designs.

Throws and cushions
A cluster of cushions or bundle of throws are perfect for an instant injection of texture. Look to glossy fabrics such a silk for a contemporary feel or blend wools, cottons and fur for a cosier style.

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04.Texture and the Houseology Looks

Houseology’s Chic look has an elegant, lived-in feel and tactile textures are crucial to achieving this casual yet sophisticated vibe. Natural materials such as buttery soft aged leather, timbers worn by the elements and organic textiles such as wool, linen and cotton feature prominently in Chic schemes and create a gorgeous, welcoming feel. The Chic look is designed to inspire you to relax and enjoy your surroundings and these textures with their fuss-free feel and touchy-feely finishes are perfect for creating spaces that are practical and comfortable and add a multi-layered richness to the scheme.

The Houseology Luxe look is the epitome of sophistication, combining classic pieces of design with luxurious textures and opulent detailing in order to create a glamorously elegant room design. The textures featuring in Luxe schemes are chosen in order to heighten the feeling of decadence and vary from the softest cashmere to polished timbers and sparkling metallics and glass. This contrast adds depth to the look and brings classic monochrome schemes to life with a contemporary update.

Drawing on classic Scandinavian design, the Urban look is simple and minimalist and this pared back feel is echoed in the textures that appear in the furnishings, wallpapers and accessories. Smooth engineered finishes across both natural and man-made materials are seen across Urban furnishings and have a distinctive, contemporary feel. This is combined with metallic accents in lighting as well as throws, cushions, rugs and upholstery that bring a softer aspect to the look; chunky knits, felt finishes and wool rugs provide the perfect relief to the clean lines of the Urban style.

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