Have you ever decorated a room and realised, although you love the space, there’s something missing and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is? What is it that needs to be added to tie the room together like you see in glossy interior magazines? More than likely, texture is the missing component. Texture gives the space dimension, creates comfort, a focal point and interest.

There are so many ways of adding texture to a room, and although the first idea that springs to mind is probably adding cushions and throws, there are actually so many different ways you can incorporate texture into your design plans. Here are ten of my favourite ways in which texture has been used to create a stylish place to rest your head, socialise and spent time with friends and family.

Whether your space is feminine or masculine, you can use texture to really hone in on this. Soft, tactile textures such as fur, sati and mohair can add a romantic touch, while robust fabrics such as metal, concrete and wood add a more masculine feel. (Image credit)

By adding throws, woven baskets, wood and layered furs, you can create a warm and cosy environment, which wouldn’t look too out of place in a country cottage hidden away in the Cotswolds somewhere. (Image Credit)

Contrasting textures can add a new dimension to your sofa, as mohair is teamed against linen and velvet is paired with heavy embroidery. (Image Credit)

Texture on furniture can create such a focal point within the room. Take a velvet sofa for example, which not only looks luxe, bu adds a tactile finish to an otherwise every-day piece of the living room jigsaw. (Image Credit)

Although it can be a pain to make the bed each morning, especially if you’re already in a rush, accent cushions, varying in size, are ideal for bringing colour and pattern to plain bedding. One retailer to consider when dressing your bed is www.juliancharles.co.uk who has a wide selection of beautiful cushions, throws and bedroom accessories. (Image Credit)

Feature walls are the perfect way of adding texture to a room, and many wallpaper companies now offer textures such as suede, glitter, jacquard and even photographic prints, such as murals, exposed brick and even library books – perfect for an office or living room alcoves. (Image Credit)

Texture can still be used in a sparse, neutral interiors but less is often more. Add small vignettes with complimenting textures such as pebbles, driftwood and coral grouped together against a white wall. (Image Credit)

Plants can add texture to a room, whether it’s the robust spikes of a cactus or the oversized leaves of a fiddle leaf fig plant (if you haven’t heard of one of those before, Google it – it’s beautiful). Plus the variation in greens can work well against a plain backdrop. (Image Credit)

An unusual way to add texture, but a great one all the same, is lighting. Lighting can add interesting finishes to any room – especially statement pieces like the one pictured here. (Image Credit)

Create an industrial inspired space with exposed brickwork, copper pipework, unvarnished wood and metal decorative additions. A shag pile throw works well within spaces like this to add comfort, especially over a beaten leather Chesterfield or armchair. (Image Credit)

Do you consider texture when you’re decorating a room? Are there any points here that you might consider trying?

About the author
Victoria is the editor and founder of award-winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. When she's not scouring Pinterest for the latest in home decor inspiration, she's out shopping trying to recreate the looks herself.


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