January 4th, 2010
Your wardrobe isn’t all one texture, so why should your home? Adding a touch of texture to walls, accents, furniture and even appliances can be simple yet bold, and it engages the sense of touch into design.
There are many ways to bring texture into your home, such as Berber carpet, a wool throw, satin draperies or corduroy pillows. Each addition can change the look – and feel – of a sofa, window, etc. This year, there are great takes on corduroy and colored plastics that can add a touch of modern but retro texture to a boring room, or bring in old wood and worn throws to make a room take you back in time.
Also, there are lots of options for painting techniques or fun graphic wallpapers that can add texture to any wall. Consider texturizing one wall in a room to add an accent or focus if you want to keep a color palette as it is. And, a little design secret, texture paint techniques can help hide a damaged wall. You can pick up paint with textures right from your local paint or hardware store, or take texturizing into your own hands with techniques like ragging or frottage. This can add a fun touch of style to a wall you may have given up on, or never thought would be the focal point of your room.
Whatever your style – from fashion to furniture – don’t be afraid to add, mix and play with texture. There are lots of tips online to get you started on your own and with a small budget or talk to a designer to texturize your space. Whichever fits, just remember to let your sense of touch guide you.