22 July 2018

The Importance Of Texture In Interior Design

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Texture is key to any successful interior design. Along with color, pattern, proportion as well as furniture, texture is a component that completes interior design. Texture is found everywhere. All surfaces have a texture, and how you use them in your space can ultimately influence how your space feel. So, while you might be doing more important things on your homeownership endeavor like checking out Rawang property prices, do take some time to consider the interior elements of your space, like texture.

People often overlook the importance of texture when planning their interiors. However, texture can be a powerful yet subtle tool that can enhance your space. Read on for some eye-opening thoughts and principles on the importance of texture in any interior space.

What does “texture” mean?

In design parlance, texture refers to the surface and external quality of an object as well as the tactile sensations we experience through sense of touch. Concurrently, we associate texture with the way things look or feel. Everything has a certain type of texture, whether it is rough, smooth, shiny, fuzzy and so on and so forth. Think about the feeling of soft carpet underneath your feet, the smoothness of a wooden tabletop or even the softness of sinking down on a large upholstered sofa.

However, texture is something that is not just felt through sense of touch but also through sense of sight You don’t need physical contact with a room to feel and experience the power of texture.

Texture is no less vital to a design or decorating endeavor’s success even though it usually plays a supporting role to more important elements such as the function and comfort of your space. Thus, before you go overboard with decorating texture, keep in mind that you should use texture to elevate and complement the overall experience of your design and décor.

Texture adds visual interest

Texture has the ability to add visual depth and weight to any space. Just like how colors can affect how your space feels, texture works in a similar way as colors do. Certain textures such as rough textiles impart heavier visual weight compared to other lighter textures such as a smooth leather sofa. Rougher and heavier textures will make your space to feel more intimate and grounded while smoother and lighter textures will make your space feel more sleek and aloof. The key idea, however, is to balance the heavy and the light.



When you’re adding texture to your interiors, it’s not about only the presence of texture, it’s about the placement of it as well. The placement of different textures can affect the end product of your space. For example, placing a smooth texture right next to a rough one will give the latter a weightier look and make it stand out even more. If you place them more distant and apart from each other, the effect becomes less pronounced. The subtlety of visual weight that you want to achieve is thus related to not only the incorporation but also the placement of textures.

Texture provides balance

Texture helps add contrast to your space and helps keep things balanced. This is important in any space, as things that are too similar will tend to look boring and flat. Without texture to add some contrast in your space, there is nothing to draw in the eye and as a result, your eye wanders and glazes over. So, use texture to balance out and contrast against other design elements like color and furniture to make your space really pop.

In certain situations, restraint is key. Believe it or not, there is such as a thing too much texture. Before you start piling on too many textured pieces in your space, make sure that what you choose adds purpose and value to your space. As the saying goes, less is more. It’s a good idea to stick to three or less different textures in any room. An odd number of three works well when you want your visuals to be perceived as a whole while an even number of two works well when you want to help emphasize a focal point with prominence and symmetry.

Texture is ever more important if you’re working with a color palette that is monochromatic or where shades are from closely related color families. Visuals can start looking monotonous and flat in spaces with a monochromatic or analogous color scheme. Incorporating texture into these spaces can help add definition and interest while also bringing harmony to your space.

Texture versus pattern

Texture and pattern are usually talked about together, but they are actually two distinct but complementary components of design. Pattern is a visual print, that is, what something looks like. On the other hand, texture is how something feels. Both can be used to complement each other in interior design. For example, a rug you choose can be both textured and patterned.

Last words

Whether you choose a textured fluffy rug to warm up your family room or a roughly stained wooden countertop to bring life into your kitchen, texture is pervasive and ever-important. It is like a missing piece that completes your interiors and helps elevate your design and décor to the next level.

Happy decorating and being creative peeps! xoxo

Lynda Che Lah

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