Bringing a richly layered room to life requires each individual element to stand on its own and to blend together with the rest of the space. This is a fun and challenging task and why I love my job as an interior designer! In addition to incorporating color and pattern, multitudes of texture are an integral part of any interior design. From walls and ceilings to creative uses of natural elements, the possibilities to add texture to a room are endless!
In the colorful room below, textures abound! The most notable is the natural chevron of the area rug (note the fun punch of custom color on the rug’s border!). But the texture doesn’t stop there; the driftwood cocktail table pulls in a rustic and natural element while the smooth leather on the Moroccan-inspired poufs and the linen of the sofa are the perfect contrast.
When it comes to bringing texture into a room, nothing beats architectural elements! Something about a brick wall gives a room loads of charm and character (some of you may remember my first studio with the structural clay tile walls – sigh!). While walking into an older building and finding the original walls are made of fabulous brick is ideal, this doesn’t happen often. You can bring in your own texture using a thin-set brick from a masonry showroom like Western Brick in Houston (just off Washington Avenue).
If you don’t want to call your friendly neighborhood brick-layer, you can go fully faux with a “brick-look” wall covering like this one from Graham and Brown.
Similar to the effect exposed brick has on a room, natural materials like reclaimed wood, painted wood and seagrass work wonders as textural elements. To incorporate natural wood finishes into a room, you can go for the entire room or just a few pieces of perfectly placed furniture.
In the guest bathroom in Aspen, Colorado, we used reclaimed barn wood on the vanity and mirror frame (a rough and natural texture) juxtaposed with the warm-white painted shiplap wall (a light and smooth texture). This lovely little bathroom proves that using a natural wood doesn’t have to weigh a room down or look like a 70’s rec room!
Our client’s beach retreat called for a painted shiplap wainscot in a crisp white. While this is a textured wall, it is incredibly quiet and plays a nice backdrop to the texture of the bead board cabinets. The distressed watery blue color of the cabinet is one of my faves!
Don’t want to jump into wood-covered walls to bring in texture? Another route to take is to literally bring the tree into your home. The natural branches in the foreground of this picture are a fun accent when paired with the metal faux bois table and chairs from Michael Aram.
In this oceanfront bedroom, we incorporated a seagrass bed frame and an aqua natural bamboo mirror frame (in the left foreground). Texture can be colorful, too!
The design possibilities are endless when it comes to adding texture to your home. Test out different materials like brick, stone, jute, seagrass and wood to see how you can richly layer your interior design elements. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!