Using a variety of textures in your home décor is a great way to add interest, style and character but it can be surprisingly difficult to master. Use too many textures and it can look chaotic, or repeat the same texture too often and the overall effect can appear unbalanced. As textile and fabric experts with over sixty years experience, we’ve collated the following rules so you can add textural impact to any interior design.
1. Pick your mood
Like colour, textures denote different moods. Decide which mood you’re trying to emulate and select your textures accordingly. For a cosy feel, textures should be soft, tactile and inviting. Choose fabrics like rich velvets, shimmering cotton mixes and faux fur for throws and rugs. For a more industrial or streamlined look, choose accessories with matt finishes, like concrete floors, steel accessories and non-reflective, functional fabrics. Our Raffia collection uses a two tone weave for an attractive finish with practical durability.
2. Wall play
If you want to incorporate texture into your décor then don’t forget the walls. Whether you select a high-gloss paint, wood panels, exposed bricks, wall tiles or Venetian plaster you can create textural interest against which to contrast your choice of soft furnishings and fabrics.
3. Set a Limit
Textural layering is the best way to get the most out of contrasting fabrics and materials, but don’t go overboard. Set a limit to the dominant texture types you want to accentuate in the room – around three or four fabrics is the right number. Perhaps a rustic mix of natural fibres like wool, linen, cotton and seagrass, or a glamorous ensemble of velvets, silks and cashmere. Blending these textures together can evoke a strong sense of mood, while adding depth, interest and a sense of visual discovery as your eye notes the similarities and differences between your textile choices.
4. Play with patterns and plain
For a more subtle way of incorporating texture into your interior décor, combining patters with plains can be an excellent place to start. Our fabric collections provide a range of complementary fabrics. For a fresh, coastal-chic vibe, try pairing curtains in Ruskin Navy from the Ashley Wilde Rosetti collection with a velvet feature chair in Topaz from our Alaska range. Their complementary colours echo each other and when paired their individual textural characters are emphasised beautifully.