Last Sunday, I decided to take a heap of wooden tiles that had sat outside the house (intended to be used on our shed), and bring them inside to create a textured wall. Yes, the bedroom now smells of a log cabin, yes I am kept away by the noise of the shrinking tiles and yes I am terrified that this will become a haven for small long legged creepy crawlies...Am I still pleased I did it, yes.
When decorating, most of us start with painting the walls, which lets face it is a good place to start. We then put some pictures on the wall, buy a few cushions, a throw and may be even a rug. Now, all of these pieces together will of course add some depth, however, it is still worth us thinking through how much texture and the kind of texture we want to incorporate into a space because it will undoubtedly add more interest.
There are a few different ways of incorporating texture, so I have broken this post down in to the different ways you could think about incorporating more.
Textured Walls which could be tiles, a paint effect, shingle wood tiles, 3d wall panelling, wallpaper, lime wash paint, plaster bare walls, panelling.... you get the gist, the list could go on.
I appreciate most of us would be very quick to remove any artex from our homes the second we arrived in the building, however the image shows above how a more current look can be achieved by a gorgeous textured plastered effect. Personally, I think it works well here as there are no colours in the room, just natural tones.
Again, the image above has an exposed wall lightly painting in a pale colour which draws your eye to the wall and has you wondering (well it does me), how it was achieved.
Tiles on the bathroom wall, a chimney breast in the living room, a splashback in the kitchen and so on and so on. The list of tiles you can choose from is endless, whether the tile has a pattern or you choose a handmade tile it will add different textures. See in the images below.
One of my favourite images above which often appears in my Pinterest feed shows a very successful scheme which incorporates a wood floor, the beautiful emerald tiles and the exposed plaster walls. Lots of texture, vibrant colours, yet it all works so beautifully.
I love how in the room above you have a very traditional cornicing, combined with a contemporary style tile effect with a black frame.
This beautiful space (above) has used materials in similar natural tones to create a soft textured feel (not all natural materials, some man-made, but that would lovely if you went that way)
Limewash paint has become such a trend in recent times. A favourite of mine, the Bauwerk paint creates a stunning textured wall.
The picture below shows a wall hanging that I have in my bedroom, it could just as well be used as a throw or even a rug, however as a wall hanging it adds a different dimension and more texture on the wall than framed artwork for example.
Wattle & Daub
Soft Furnishings are the fabrics used in interiors, including upholstery, cushions, curtains, rugs and carpets, wall hangings. Layering different fabrics, such as velvet, linen, cotton, wool and sisal will add a beautiful layered effect.
The image below incorporates some of my favourite materials. Notice how there are many layers to the scheme which in itself will add depth, only further enhanced by the many materials used within the scheme i.e. wood, wool, dried branches, textured walls, metal, foliage. Just stunning. But then all the images via The Future Kept are very special.
The Future Kept
Plants, Dried Flowers & Faux Are a brilliant way to add texture, Faux or Fresh. There are so many different varieties of plant with different textures which will add interest.
Fresh flowers will not only add texture, they will also add scent, so there's no beating them, however as an alternative dried or faux flowers will absolutely add texture. Dried grasses mixed with hydrangeas will give a soft feathery feel to a space, as per the example below.
Image via Pinterest
In the last couple of years, the resurgence of house plants has been huge. Yes, they require a similar amount of attention to that of the 'average' husband, but what they give back is quite something. Not only do they provide you with cleaner air, if you incorporate enough varieties and place them at different heights, whether that be on the floor or hanging from a suspended platform, you have oodles of texture right there.
Image via Pinterest
And finally, I just looked around my room at the different textures. The current list includes Velvet sofa, linen cushions, wool throw, sisal rug, leather pouf, suede chair, eucalyptus, faux berries, a metal cabinet, a wood floor...
I hope I have inspired you to think about the textures you are using in your space and whether you change them up, or add more. (p.s tonnes of clutter should not be confused with texture).