Interior Design Course Week 4: The Importance of Texture

Interior Design Course 4

Welcome to Week 4 of my Interior Design Course! To help you get ready for those Spring transformations over the Easter Holidays, I’ve created a 6-week course, teaching you the basics of Interior Design. Why? To help you create a décor scheme that looks fantastic, has a working colour palette, and fits all the practical requirements of the room you’re working on.

In week one, we put together a Design Analysis. In week two, we found your style. In week three, we looked at choosing the perfect colour palette for your project. Now, in week four, we’re looking at the importance of introducing texture into a scheme.

Week 4: The Importance of Texture

A room without texture is missing something. You can have the lighting, and the colour scheme, and the furniture – but without texture – with nothing but flat, plain surfaces – a room will feel empty, lifeless and bland. Texture adds character, and that special ‘pop’ to the appearance of a room.


So what is texture? In interior design terms, it’s considered ‘the sensations caused by the external surfaces of objects through the perceived sense of touch.’ i.e. you don’t need to touch a surface to feel it; you can feel it with your eyes. And that’s why texture can add personality and interest into an interior area; it adds another dimension to what you’re seeing and experiencing.

Think back to last week, when we talked about how different colours can affect the mood of a room. Texture works the same way. Using rough textures will make a room feel more intimate, whilst using smoother textures will make it feel more aloof and impersonal.

We also touched on the importance of contrast last week. If all the spaces and objects in a room are too similar, our eyes won’t know what to focus on – that’s why we should use a mix of different textures. Not too many, mind you. 3 textures in one space is generally the golden rule. More than that, and it starts to give your visitors a headache.

Equally as important is balance. Whereas with colours, every dark colour should be off-set with a light one – with texture, every rough surface should be off-set with a smooth one, and every dull matt surface should be off-set with a shimmering gloss one.

Ways of implementing textures into your home:

If you have ceiling mouldings, then lucky you! They make for a great textured feature in any room. Make them the focal point, for a regal;, exclusive look!

Wooden benches, satin reading chairs and marble table tops offer great ways of adding textured visual impact. Woody, natural textures help to create a rustic farmhouse ambience.

Got a plain, smooth sofa, or arm chair? Inject some interest by adding a blanket and some throw cushions. They can help to add a warmer, more homely look.

Ottoman in living room

Break up a dull floor space by adding a rug. And add 3D wall art or textured tiles to wall spaces. Undulating wave tiles were a big hit at the Surface Design Show 2016, which I visited at the Business Design Centre earlier this year. For all of my findings from the show, click here: Surface Design Show Highlights.

This Week’s Task: Create a Texture Mood Board

Some people get stuck in a rut when it comes to their style. For example, I like stripes. But in an overall decorating scheme, endless stripes would get a bit repetitive. So here’s a task to help loosen you up, and to help you step outside your comfort zone!

In last week’s task, we identified the colours in our chosen styles. Choose one and create a collection of as many textures as possible (on Pinterest or create a real life collage). For example: samples of fabrics, carpet, wallpaper, tiles, etc.

Pick textures and patterns that you might not usually go for. It’s your chance to think outside the box, and you may discover exciting contrasts of texture that can inject a more adventurous look into your colour scheme.

An example:



Bring your textured mood board with you to Week 5 of the Interior Design Course, where we’ll be looking at sourcing your products!


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