Differing textures are an element of interior design that can be easily overlooked – or, at least, one that is not always given its due. Textures utilised right and juxtaposed with colour can be whimsical and poetic. Giving the appearance of delicate depth and making you want to run your hands over its surface, textures soft and hard, smooth and rough, they all have their own contributions to make.

Brick wall. Design by Ravi Vazirani Design Studio

Brick wall. Design by Ravi Vazirani Design Studio

As a component of design

Be it a painting, a fashion extravaganza or a sophisticated designed interior – shape, pattern, line, texture and colour create aesthetics and visual appeal. The coming together of these, harmoniously yet not necessarily equally, can change the status of a home to a flow of art.

Proven time and again as a fundamental of design that has more than one sensorial appeal, a texture is defined as the surface quality of any object, plane or material. And it isn’t all about rough stone walls – even the textures of a knotted rug, embroidered pillow covers and polished brass are just as significant.

Rugs. Cushion covers. Seat backs. Various textures. Design by ZZ Architects

Rugs. Cushion covers. Seat backs. Various textures. Design by ZZ Architects

Colours range from warm to cool, bright and vibrant to pastel and muted – and textures have their own labyrinth of types to choose from and work with, starting with the broad division of physical (or tactile) and visual (or simulated).

Tactile, purely visual – or both?

Now that we know exactly what we’re working with, we can dive right into getting to work!

The three most commonly used and classical textures remain to be those that draw inspiration from nature; stone, wood and brick. A simple stone façade wall or earthy exposed brickwork are timeless decorative strategies.

Stone facade. Design by Fasana Alisha

Stone facade. Design by Fasana Alisha

When in doubt, start with the basics – the contrasting yet complimentary balance of a physical texture with a visual one can never go wrong. Time and again it has been proven that simplicity is just as stunning as the complex, and here we have proof – two of nature’s most commonplace textures moulded to spice up a home. The rough, course and expressive surface of the stone adjacent to the deep coloured wood – be it striated ply or naturally ringed wooden panelling – is juxtaposition at its best.

Inspiration from elsewhere and the beauty of self-prints

Extending further the usage of nature’s textures, drawing inspiration from delicate surfaces and giving them a tactile and lasting form often makes for some of the most interesting design – both in terms of visual charm and illusion.

Origami like texture above the bed. Design by Spaces Architects

Origami-like texture above the bed. Design by Spaces Architects

The intricate Japanese art of paper folding and cutting – origami and kirigami – are given a new purpose, using its delicate raised self-toned surface and slight cuts as a means to create a wall subtle hints of depth, contour and tessellated elegance; a texture in itself.

Design by Shahen Mistry

Circular blocks on the wall. Design by Shahen Mistry

Stone wall. Design by Collage Architects

Pebbled wall. Design by Collage Architects

White-on-white surface textures for large walls is most often just the right amount of design intervention a room needs without overdoing a space. From Shahen Mistry’s use of raised white circular blocks, to Collage Architect’s pebbled white wall, the world of whites and the delicate shadows such textures create is enough to anchor and give an air of imperial beauty to an entire interior decor project!

You’ve seen some and you’ve heard some – and it’s time to start your own. Crown mouldings, false ceiling beams and niches are one way to work texture into architectural elements, but if you want to start small and less permanent, furniture, decorative items, linen and panelling are the simplest way to accent what you already have.

Wood panelled wall. Design by Atelier dnD

Wood panelled wall. Design by Atelier dnD

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