Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
There are many elements that make up a room: color, layout, and even the decor style but there is one key ingredient that can add depth and tone to a space, texture. Like many design tools, texture tends to be an afterthought when creating a plan for a new area in the home. Many might even think it has little impact in a design but that is not true. Texture provides balance, visual weight, and warmth to your home which is why it should be a part of the planning stage from the start. Texture is not limited to fabrics or furniture but can include wallpaper, glass, and plants. Let’s talk about the many ways you can weave texture into your home and create a space that is inviting to the touch for everyone.
No where is the beauty of texture more prominent than in nature itself. The examples are everywhere especially when it comes to plants. Coming in various shades, shapes, and surfaces, adding greenery is a wonderful way to bring a little unique texture to your home. Whether your area has plenty of sunshine or not there are plants that work well in either situation. There is also the added benefit of improved air quality and stress relief in your home when indoor plants are incorporated into the design as well. Plus they can create a calm atmosphere making them a great addition to areas like the home office and after school stations for the children. Including a little bit of nature in the home will provide you with better health for your loved ones while at the same time giving you the little bonus of texture.
Pattern in the Home
Not all texture has to be felt to accomplish its goal. Pattern is the perfect example of this as multiple patterns can create a sense of texture within a space. Pillows, blankets, art, and even area rugs can all work together to bring texture alive in your living room, home office, or bedroom. Think about a patterned bedspread or window treatments that make you happy every time you look at them or maybe an art piece that brings a smile to your face. Adding these pieces can make a big difference in how we enjoy a certain part of the home. A word of caution, however, don’t mix too many varying patterns in one space as it can take away from the effect and create the exact opposite of the intended goal. Select one or two that work well together when decorating a space and remember the patterns can change from one room to another.
Artwork in the Home
When it comes to texture, details matter because they make up the little pieces that can create the biggest effects. Artwork is another wonderful way to bring texture into the home as it not only feeds the eye but invites you to soak it up through the many fun lines, shapes, and colors present on its canvas. For centuries, it has been the main way to showcase beauty and emotion and thanks to reprints available at much lower costs you don’t need to own an original anymore to make a statement. Art is also the perfect expression of your unique personality and a way to show it to your guests. What you love should be seen throughout your home and the art pieces you select to adorn your walls is just one avenue to reflect it. Don’t be afraid to play around with different sized canvas and styles of art as they can create depth as well as visual interest to a space.
Decorating with fabric is yet another fun and diverse way to introduce texture into the home and with so many options the possibilities are endless. Without texture a room tends to seem flat and uninteresting but by combining a few different fabrics together you can transform a room into something amazing. Think about different upholstery fabrics for your furniture, window coverings, pillows and even hide rugs. All of these varying materials can add beautiful layers to your space and make it an inviting place to come home. Rooms that incorporate several fabric textures can create a finished, complete look. This can be accomplished by mixing several types and even colors or done with a one color choice.
A room is made up of details and when some of the details are made through texture it can add the finishing touch you are looking for plus they can be easily exchanged when we want something new. Think outside the box of the typical decor and accent pieces when you’re shopping such as oversized woven baskets or thick blankets that can be draped over a couch or at the foot of your bed. Antique stores are also an excellent place to grab unique pieces that are made from materials that may not be as common anymore such as wicker or even stained glass artwork. Scattering the room with a few fun nick nacks can also add a nice bit of texture plus a part of your personality. When it comes to texture there are no hard and fast rules, but rather what appeals to you so make sure to include things you will enjoy. Find out what The Spruce recommends you include in your home to add a little bit of texture.
When it comes to nature, greenery is not the only thing it has to offer us. Texture can be found in so many natural materials such as stone, glass, wood, metal, and leather. These raw pieces can provide texture in a beautiful way plus create a calm environment. Materials such as stone and wood come in many variations ensuring that the piece you select will not be easily imitated. Their rough exterior is a texture that adds character and charm to any space and can be used in several ways including light fixtures and fireplaces. Glass and metal work well together making them a wonderful combination for any number of accent items or even furniture pieces. Leather can also be used on furniture and some companies have even woven it in strips to make a stunning floor rug. Opting to use natural materials is a great choice for families looking to go more eco-friendly too. Since this is becoming more and more popular manufacturers are providing numerous options in their product selection making it even easier to select the perfect textured item.
Adding texture to your home
Texture plays an important role in your home, not enough and it can look drab and too much can make everyone uncomfortable. Balance will be key when incorporating texture into each space which is why our design team takes time with each client to help them find the perfect amount needed for their home. A good design can always transform a house into a home and a good design begins with a great plan. We love helping our clients achieve the home of their dreams which is why details like texture matter. Come visit our showroom where you can walk through our displays of varying materials and find the exact textures needed to make your home inviting and enjoyable for everyone. Connect with us today to get started or visit us in Shelby, North Carolina.