There are lots of design trends to keep up with year after year. However, if you are an interior design buff, you will know that texture is in line for the throne. Whereas color was a big deal two or three years ago, homeowners want to add as many different textures as possible. And, there is a good reason to because this trend is on fire at the moment.
The trick is not to get on the bandwagon, as anyone can see this fashion is about to hit the stratosphere. The key is to figure out how best to implement the trend throughout your home. After all, every homeowner is unique, and so is their house. As such, copying the latest styles and crossing your fingers is a recipe for disaster.
What isn’t a disaster is using a handful of general design hacks to add texture to your property. Regardless of the room, the following work pretty much all of the time. Enjoy!
Pick A Look
Before you can start incorporating new textures, it is essential to decide on the style as the textures will complement the decision. For example, lots of people like to opt for a cozy and homely feel in their home. Therefore, the correlating textures would be things such as wood and plush fabrics. Firstly, the materials themselves are warm and soft to the touch, so there is a practical appeal. Secondly, they appear to be warm and cozy. When you look at fabrics, you see a thick, luscious shag pile or an inviting throw pillow. The fact that these textures give off a certain feeling is why they supplement the welcoming style. If you want a more streamlined style, the features should have a nice finish. For example, metals and glass work very well because they are smooth and silky.
Balance It Out
When a homeowner decorates, it is easy to get excited and go overboard. If you are one of these people, some of the rooms in your home might look like the window display at your favorite interior design store. Now, there is nothing wrong with using professional advice for guidance, especially if you are a bit of an amateur. Still, adding as many trends to one room as possible never looks good because it is tacky and too busy. What you have to do is balance out the style, and the right textures do this perfectly. Have you gone for the polished style throughout your home? If the answer is yes, fabrics will add a new dimension. The fact that they are rugged and not as sleek only adds to the contrast. Another trick is to use textured furniture and decorate around the fittings.
Consistency Instead Of Colours
When a style gets tried, savvy designers turn to color in their time of need. Of course, a change of color can make the house pop again as it adds shine and gloss. The issue is repeating the trick. After a while, painting over the walls in a new shade doesn’t have the same impact because the novelty wears off. Before you throw away the rollers in frustration, there is no reason to panic because textures have you covered. Simply put, they have the same impact just with a different style. So, instead of mixing up the colors, you should mix up the textures throughout the house. What’s great about this tactic is that the color scheme can stay the same. Yep, even a ‘boring’ cream hue looks stunning when it is in a room full of fabrics and silky finishes. The next time you have the urge to unsheathe the paintbrushes, think about adding a new consistency instead. Interior Decor Couch Design Room Decorated
Focus On The Furniture
It was touched upon earlier in the post, but let’s go into a bit of detail. Nowadays, materials like leather and faux leather are the hugely popular, while fabrics are dying a death. However, fabric furniture is the king if you are trying to incorporate more textures. The reason is simple: the fixtures catch the eye. Because they are a focal point, they dominate the entire style. Usually, that would be a bad thing, but it is a positive when it comes to the room’s consistency. For one thing, certain rooms need to be stylish and practical, and a relaxing chair with fabric is a lot comfier. More importantly, no one wants to overload their house with too many textures because it will appear tacky. The furniture is only a couple of pieces in every room, yet it has a dramatic effect on the style. Some people even take it one step further and add texture to the fittings that most people leave alone. Carpet on the walls, anyone? If this is too much, a simple cushion on a wood chair is just as useful.
Don’t Forget The Walls
For the most part, the walls go unnoticed because a tin of paint is a homeowner’s best friend. Plus, it’s cheap and everyone likes to save a buck here and there! But, when you think about it, the walls have the biggest surface area of the house apart from the floors and ceilings. The floors are easy to deal with thanks to rugs and carpet, and the ceilings are obviously off limits. That leaves the walls, and they are a bigger player in the game than you would imagine. As the last paragraph said, carpet walls are making a big comeback in lots of houses around the world. Still, there is no reason to go that drastic if you want a subtle style. Tiles are an excellent option as they introduce a new consistency as well as supplement the style. What’s even better is the fact that they don’t look out of place on the walls. For those of you that like to keep them bare, there is a solution. High-gloss paints are much thicker and fuller than the average in, and it shows. Add one or two coats and it will seem like it is an inch fat.
Bring The Outside, Inside
There is no doubt that the focus on textures in the home is on smooth surfaces and rugged fabrics. But, the good news is that there are lots more to choose from if you are willing to go outside. Mother Nature has a host of different textures, and she is happy to share. Think about sand for a moment. There isn’t a consistency in interior design that can replicate sand, and that makes it unique. How do you add it to the home? It’s simple: all you have to do is put some in a small vase or glass bowl. That way, you can move the beauty of the outside into the house. And, it doesn’t stop there because there is a lot more to consider. Shells will stand alone on a coffee table or dresser; you can scatter stones and pebbles around the room, and it isn’t uncommon to decorate with feathers. By far the most common texture is a plant and soil combination. For all you botanists, the color and texture of both will revitalize any home.
Play With The Lighting
The light itself is a texture, so you want to fill your home with as much of it as possible. However, the key is to tone down the artificial lighting and natural instead. Sunlight is more organic and has a softer feel, plus it is flexible and can work with any style. If you don’t know how to let the light in, you can start by removing the blockages from the windows. Yep, even the curtains because they can be too broad. Instead, try using blinds because they are thinner and less obtrusive. Regarding artificial light, there is a way to add more textures, and it is by using mirrors. Mirrors reflect light around the room, and this highlights the areas that you want to show off. One final tip is to play with the brightness of the lights. Soft lighting is great because it emphasizes the difference between the lit areas and the shadows. Remember that a shadow is a new consistency, too.
Know When To Stop
If there is one thing more important than knowing where to start, it is to know when to stop. When used correctly, this trend can transform the entire house into something special, and there are plenty of people that would agree. However, there are also lots of homeowners that will say it can have the opposite effect. Like anything, textures should be used sparingly to avoid going over the top and creating a vulgar style. Instead, you want the subtleties to supplement the main trend softly, much as an accessory would. It takes time and practice, yet it isn’t impossible to learn. Quite simply, the best way to figure it out is trial and error.
Creating any new design style is daunting because you don’t want it to go wrong. Using textures is even worse because it is a relatively new trend. If you commit to it, though, you can pull it off. At least, your home can!