If there’s one design element which will always fluctuate, yet maintain its importance to your overall decor, it’s texture. Texture isn’t just limited to your sense of touch, there’s also the visual aspect that makes it vital to pulling together a room. For example, you can take your favorite photograph from your most recent family vacation and print it in large format for your living or bedroom, but there’s many ways you can go with your print; canvas, matte, luxe, pearl, metal, there’s even a crafty DIY way to transpose photos from regular printer paper to pieces of wood. It’s the same photograph but the type of material changes its aesthetic in a room. Let’s dive into the world of textures and what they can do for your home decor.

Fabrics and Textiles

You’re bound to have a plethora of fabrics throughout your home; between curtains, couch cushions, pillows, towels, rugs, and throws the list goes on. You also have a lot of freedom (and exciting choices ahead!) in finding complimentary versus matching textures.

Velvet is very in this year (retro 70s and 90s styles in general) and it’s such a luxurious fabric that it’s already making a statement and drawing attention to itself. Especially with a larger piece like a headboard or ottoman/chair, you don’t need to pile on more velvet. You can – don’t get us wrong – but it’s also a beautifully versatile fabric, because for as elegant as its sheen is (it reflects some beautiful light) and the feel is complex, yet inviting, it’s also neutral in a way. You can add patterns and prints upon textures and colors. Pillows made with embroidery or jacquard fabric, such as brocade where the pattern is raised or embossed, lavishly pop against a velvet backdrop.

Curtains. Let’s talk. If you have an extremely small room you can enhance the feel of it with floor to ceiling curtains over the windows. The length draws the eyes up making the room feel larger, and you can have custom curtains made for any room in any fabric. For a sunny parlor, a set of sheer voile curtains with bold floral print provides a little privacy from the neighbors without completely shutting out the beloved sunlight. Or go for a translucent and opaque set of curtains for a thin and thick texture. Geometric or floral patterned, you can mix and match to find the right aesthetic for your room.

Materials and Finishes

You also have a series of non upholstered furniture within each room. Current trends are harkening back to nature, even with materials used to build chairs, tables, shelves, and on and on. For as many different styles of fabrics in existence there are just as many types of building materials. Marble, sleek stone, and copper – or its offshoots brass and bronze – are getting their fair share of spotlight in living rooms, kitchen, bath… everywhere. Create a rustic vibe with a commissioned brass hanging rack for pots and pans overhead or on an empty space of wall in the kitchen and tie it together with a large, rough wooden table and chairs in the dining space. Mix it up even more with a large wooden bench for communal style dining on one side, and set of metal chairs with cushions on the other.

Wood always remains a steadfast leader in furniture materials. But the way you finish that wood can make a world of difference in your room. There’s the classic stained and sealed with glorious shine wood in all its different shades from Maple to Cherry Wood. As just mentioned for the Boho Kitchen, a table that’s as close to natural as you can get, no stain just heavy sanding and sealing with bark still intact, provides raw dimension and depth. Flip an old, sentimental piece of furniture with a colorful coat of paint and glaze finish like crackle or vintage to add visual appeal and make an old thing new again.

Working In Minimalism

Even if you stay within the realm of neutral or minimalism, any one of these routes for fitting texture into your home will work. They’re also quite essential to the minimalist’s style. When you’re operating on a grayscale (maybe one pop color here and there) texture is the secret sauce. You can find ceramic pots for your plants with glossy or matte finishes; literally textured with a raised pattern. A white leather couch with linen, damask, faux fur and velvet pillows in fifty different shades of gray is where it’s at. Throw an extravagant french terry fleece blanket over the back and you’ve got a little slice of heaven that’s tame on colors, but feisty on textures. Oxidized black wood is hugely popular at present. Its simplistic and sleek visuals are highlighted by the rich texture of the wood grain being so visible. The plain nature of it actually serves to enhance the wood grain making it all the more attractive.

Textures are something to be embraced, not feared. You don’t need a degree in interior design to know what you like (though the pros definitely know how to introduce you to new and exciting things). Throw yourself into the world of possibilities that lie within texture to achieve your ultimate decorative dreams.