Inspire | 6 May 2016

5 Ideas on How to Add Texture to Your Home

by Carlisle Homes

The importance of texture within a space, is as essential to design, as flavour is to food.

Texture is often defined as, “the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.” Basically, how something feels. Think about your hand running along a rough wooden tabletop, your toes crushing into shag-pile carpet, or your body sinking into a leather couch. Although texture within interior design is also a perceived sensation (especially in magazines) it plays a vital role within the function of a space. It’s no use carpeting your ceiling to add texture to your room is it!


The intensity of light and reflection in any room depends on your choice of flooring. Wooden floors reflect more light than carpet does, so to add extra dimension to a room, use a neutral rug to enhance warmth within the space.

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Canterbury Grand Living as displayed at Minta, Berwick


The surface of a coffee table for example, whether smooth or rough, does not change the function of a room, but helps determine the “feel” of it. Rough and smooth surfaces work well together but never in close proximity. Paired with a granite mantel and a combination of sofas, help to create a warm luxurious, rustic environment. Adding contrast in interior design helps create a look and feel that is easy to execute. 

Take some inspiration from our Crete look which encompasses texture throughout.

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Renwick Living as displayed at Kaduna Park, Officer South

Sky’s the Limit

When classic, retro, modern and everything in between, collide, to create rooms of such exquisite style and sense of place, the actual texture is palpable. Stone, cooper, marble, wood and leather, mesh together seamlessly to create rooms that are both functional, stylish and cosy too. Extraordinary indeed!

Brown-based colour palettes inspired by nature are key for 2022, and they sit beautifully alongside rich timber tones. Think earthy browns, greige, gentle off-whites and soft, pebble greys for walls, and upholstery, art and accessories in rich greens, terracotta and sky blue. Find out more by visiting our blog

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Amberley Master Suite as displayed at Meridian Estate, Clyde North


The magnificent use of heavy set leather, woollen and thick tapestry ottomans, couches and pillows, in delightful autumn colours are the perfect options for how to add texture to your home. The Scandinavian trend absorbs these tones perfectly and moments of burnt orange and red work well within the space to create intimacy. Plus, the use of large ornamental vases can make any room, pop to life.

One of our favourite design elements is introducing a touch of boho throughout the home to bring some texture into spaces. Our blog, Rattan Revival: How to Nail the Natural, Textured Look is perfect for some inspiration on how to bring texture into your home. 

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Piermont Theatre as displayed at Attwell Estate, Deanside

Sleek and Chic

Dynamic, monochromatic, smooth textures open up these homes with powerful effect. The space is functional and allows for a free flow of energy through the contemporary home. Designed for entertaining, both indoors and out, and tempered with the clever use of heavy set dining chairs and sofas, help to ground the open plan living area, giving it enough warmth to feel homely too.

For inspiration on what type of interior style you may choose to adopt and utilise design elements from, view our blog


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