An overlooked component of interior design is texture. Adding texture to a scheme can give it depth. Natural fabrics and wooden furniture will create a subtle effect, while leather or metal wall finishes, gloss furniture and bright graphics will make a statement.
Layer by layer
First of all, decide on the look you'd like to achieve and add layers by subtly varying the colours and fabrics. A neutral scheme can be enlivened by contrasting wooden floors with sumptuous velvet or silk rugs and natural linens with woven or textured surfaces.
Go rusticUse wooden accessories to create a natural effect that brings the feel of the outdoors in.
Mix it upAdd interest by mixing contemporary and traditional pieces - for instance, a modern chair can look great with an upcycled farmhouse table.
Add metallicsThere is a host of textured wall finishes to draw the eye into a scheme, too. A metal feature can be an unusual addition - try copper or aluminium for a striking but mellow effect.
Soften the lookLeathers, linens, silks and cowhides are deeply tactile, whether featured in soft accessories such as cushions and rugs or as a statement wall panel.
Bright ideaOr you could consider textures that play with light - using brass accessories in your bathroom will brighten things up.
Dress up your wallsGraphics are an easy way to add pattern and colour, with the current trend for geometrics injecting a sophisticated effect. Use them on one wall to add an extra element to the room.
Be powerful with patternsOr you could try more unexpected additions, such as geometric vinyl flooring or a graphic rug in an otherwise pared-back scheme.
Upholstering accessoriesOr try upholstering a chair in a geometric fabric contrasted with clean lines and smart piping in other soft furnishings, or twinned with floral patterns anchored by a similar colour palette.
Make a statementBold artwork can also add visual interest. But build up the effect slowly, bearing in mind that less is often more.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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