Using Texture in Small Spaces

If you've ever added a pair of mirrors, a rug, a patterned cushion or a nice big piece of art to a room, you know what that can do for a space. Texture gives the eye something to investigate, something to sink its teeth into, something that makes the whole space feel a lot bigger.

Incorporating texture doesn't mean mixing and matching patterns (though it could) as much as it means mixing up the materials you're using in a space. Concrete floors? Contrast them with a soft nubby rug. Plain white walls that you can't paint? Add a wall of books or a salon style art hanging. Even in a neutral bedroom, by playing with the textures in the bedding you create a rich experience for the senses and add dimension to the room.

So when in doubt, try hanging a mirror in the darkest area of the house (be careful to see what it's reflecting, you don't want it reflecting a pile of clutter or your toilet), or layering some different blankets on the bed, or adding a soft rug underfoot. We've even seen some great examples of layering rugs on top of one another. Wall to wall curtains are a great way to soften up an open plan loft space or to cheat how large a window is. Let them drape down to the floor. There's a reason, too, why designers use plants--they fill up space and they add a lot of texture.

How have you added texture to your space?

Images: Top Row: Elsie Marley, John Robshaw, Anne Naumann, Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör, Adding Color and Texture through books, Bottom Row: Laure Joliet, 3 easy ways to add texture to a room, Neutral Rooms with Texture Pattern and Shape, Trends: Color and Texture in Textiles, Jeana Sohn.

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