How to Use Texture in Interior Design

January 22, 2021 2:29 pm Published by How to Use Texture in Interior Design header


In my day to day work I am always asked this one simple question… How do I use textures in interior design?

In reality, there are a lot of ways you can incorporate different textures into your interior design. Some advantages of using textured design include making a room feel warmer and cosier, as well as adding a new level of depth to the room that was not there before. So, without any further delay, let’s look at some of the ways you can incorporate textures into your interior design.

How to Use Texture in Interior Design

Choose Some Greenery

Perhaps one of the simplest of ways to add texture to any room in your home is to add some greenery. Plants are very versatile pieces of decoration that have been used in interior design for decades if not centuries, and the versatility doesn’t stop at the species of plant you buy for your home. You can choose between a living plant or a fake plant. Of course, some buyers know they will not be as focussed on taking care of their plant, yet still wish to see greenery all year round. While other buyers will choose to purchase a real plant and commit to the watering commitments they need.

One of the recent trends we have seen over the last few years that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic raging around the Globe is the switch to remote working, with many people investing in full-scale home offices and wanting greenery in these home office spaces. Because of this, plants will be a feature in interior design for many years to come.

plants and books for texture

Invest in Rugs for your Space

One of the best ways to add texture to any room within your interior design is to invest in rugs. There are a wide array of rugs for you to choose from, ranging from synthetic to natural materials, and these types of rugs will all come in different styles as well. Shaggy rugs are a great option for living spaces such as living rooms and bedrooms, whereas harder wearing jute or sisal rugs are perfect in areas where there is a lot of footfall such as kitchens and dining rooms.

Not only are rugs a great way to add texture to your interior design, they are also relatively inexpensive as well. Of course, you can invest in high-quality designer rugs such as Calvin Klein or Catherine Carnaby. But these will come at a higher price point. In fact, a great price for a high-quality rug would be somewhere between the £100 and £200 mark. The rugs at this price point will give you a great balance between the look and style they offer, and how durable they are. Rugs are available at a lower price point, but these may need to be replaced sooner than others.

How to Use Texture in Interior Design

Books for your Space

Books are an interior design feature that is often overlooked, even by the most seasoned interior designers and are a great way to add texture to your interior design! Of course, books will be implemented into your space because they are a great way to spend your time. Think about it, do you have a blank wall in your house? Or an empty space that needs filling? Then why not invest in a bookshelf and buy yourself some books. These are a great way to fill the space and will add a feeling of warmth and cosiness to the room you choose to add the bookcase to. In addition to this, the books you choose add personality to your interior design.

Using books for texture in interior design

Go Animalistic

This follows on from the point I made earlier about using rugs within your interior design. You can go a step further than just adding a rug to your space. Highly regarded in interior design is a technique that really has been used for centuries. This is choosing to use animal (or faux animal) products to your space. Distressed leather, fluffy fur, cheetah or Mongolian lamb and even cowhides are great ways to add warmth, comfort and texture to your interior design. Of course, if you choose not to use animal products, which is totally understandable, these same products can be bought faux which means no animal products are used in production at all.

Faux fur rug

Tiling and Masonry

If you think about it, which option would you prefer for your home… A blank white wall in your living room or a wall in your living room that has been transformed with masonry or tiling? I know which option I would prefer! The contrast offered when you pair smooth surfaces such as hardwood flooring with the irregular surfaces offered by tiling and masonry is a great way to add a new element of texture to your home.

tiling and masonry

Pillows and Throws

One of the many things that baffles me when I visit friends houses, especially since I am so inspired by interior design, is how bare their furniture is! You would not believe the numbers of chairs and sofas I’ve sat on which are not decorated with throws or pillows.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to add a large amount of texture to your home is to ensure your furniture is correctly dressed. The general rule to stick to is to add a couple of cushions to your sofas, plus one cushion per lounge chair you have in your home. On top of this, ensure you have a small number of lovely throws you can use to decorate your space, and cosy up to in the winter months!

pillows and throws


So, there you have it, 6 easy ways you can add texture to your interior design with relative ease and with very little financial outlay. Why not try to incorporate a few of these tips into your interior design? The rewards you reap will be so worth it! Not only will they add texture and intrigue into your interior design, but they will also help your space to feel warmer and more like a home.

Finally, discover more tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here, or check out our 5 reasons a rug will improve any room.

Author Bio

Ryan Jones is SEO and Marketing Executive at Land of Rugs, one of the UK’s leading online rug specialists.

When in work, Ryan uses the latest digital marketing techniques and strategies to boost Land of Rugs’ rankings. Outside of work he has a keen interest in interior design, following blogs and learning all he can. He is also a keen sports fan and loves to play football whenever he can.