When we think of texture, we often opt for tactile sensations – things we can touch and feel. But texture is as much about the visual experience as it is the touchable one.
Adding texture is all about thinking about your spaces with both a visual and tactile experience in mind. Sometimes this means focusing on one over the other, and other times it’s about striking the right balance between the two.
Read on for the different ways to achieve this balance.
In The Bedroom
Your bedroom is the perfect place to play around with texture. From bedspreads and comforting throws to flooring and curtains, there are plenty of opportunities to create a sensorial haven within this space.
Start by getting the foundation right and invest in a plush carpet or rug (if you have wooden floors). Thick-pile rugs are a great way to create a pleasing visual experience and a satisfying underfoot sensation.
Continue the visual appeal with your bedlinen – sheets, quilts, blankets and pillows. Layer up a mixture of fabrics in complementary shades to create interest and draw the eye into the room.
In the Living Room
Our living spaces also offer plenty of options when it comes to exploring texture across a variety of materials. Dial up the texture of a simple sofa with the addition of a woven throw. Or bring interest to white walls with a textured wall hanging or artwork.
Another great option, curtains provide yet another layer of texture to a room, among other benefits. Combining visual interest with a calming, natural aesthetic, Carpet Court’s Seattle range is a great textural option to start with. You can also combine sheer curtains with heavier fabrics to build the texture and provide additional warmth in cooler months.
In the Kitchen
At first glance, you might not think the kitchen is a great place to explore texture, but it actually is. There are numerous surfaces, from benchtops to splashbacks and joinery, where you can introduce multiple layers of touchable interest. And don’t forget your fixtures, like tapware, wall sconces and drawer handles.
Stepping away from carpets and rugs, natural timber floorboards are a great way to add some visual texture in the kitchen. Different woodgrains offer a warm aesthetic and a connection to nature that can be soothing for the mind.
Check out Carpet Court’s Native Squared range to get an idea of how distinct grain and gradient can add a fantastic visual and tactile experience. You can then mirror this effect in your kitchen cabinets, window frames or light fittings.
In the Dining Room
The dining room offers its own unique opportunities to explore texture at different visual levels, beginning with the dining setting. Utilise different materials and fabrics in your table and chairs to make a textural statement, be it timber, glass, steel, leather, velvet or rattan. Add a woven runner or rug underneath for a natural element, draw the eye with a sculptural pendant and include some organic ceramics or a hand-formed vase.
Most importantly, texture works whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, so don’t be afraid to play around and see what feels right for you.
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