by Eileen Leahy | 13th January 2019
It’s cold and miserable outside so make sure the inside of your home looks and feels super warm and snuggly courtesy of lots of layered fabrics and tactile texture says Eileen Leahy
It’s the start of the New Year so what better time to give your home a fresh feel for 2019? And whether you’re focusing on just one room or a selection of be careful not to overlook the aspect of texture.
Not only does it add depth and general visual interest to a space, it’s also an integral part of achieving a creative and comfortable look and feel. Afterall, why on earth wouldn’t you want a to pad about on a super-soft rug underfoot or to snuggle up in a cosy cashmere throw?
But it’s not just luxurious fabrics that make a house a home and an interesting place to dwell. When selecting items to prettify and personalise your surroundings, think about different types of materials that will add that extra special something. Glimmering glass, chunky ceramics, smooth, polished wood and fluffy cushions are just a few finishes that’ll help lift a scheme out of the ordinary and give any room character.
Nowadays the high street and online are brimming with interesting, unique finds. Try places such as Anthropologie (anthropologie.eu) for cool crockery, statement accessories and quirky patterned textiles. You could also have a look at the distinctive offerings at Cox & Cox (coxandcox.com) and also Zara Home (zarahome.com) which has a very comprehensive range of contemporary, classic and also exotic goodies to covet.
As any canny decorator knows, it’s essential to keep an eye out for any unusual or individual pieces as it makes your home look and feel so much more unique. So for every nationwide retailer you visit make sure you balance it out with a trip to your local charity shop, salvage yard or house clearance place. They truly are treasure troves of interiors inspo and will certainly give your space some vitality.
You also need to pay attention to your chosen colour palette so things are slick and streamlined. You can adopt one with similar tones such as these beautiful neutral ones as featured in the main image from Marks and Spencer. Or if you can go dark and dramatic or introduce a chic contrast such as hot pink or rich green against paler shades.
But whatever combo you choose, make sure there’s also lots of attention to textural details such as mirrors, glinting glass, snuggly sheepskin and mohair as doing so you’ll create a warm and inviting scheme.
A space inspired by the beauty of nature such as stone objects or natural ornamental grasses is another clever way to introduce texture into your home as is using paints with a more rustic finish to them such as lime washes and chalky emulsions (try Francessca’s Paints francesscaspaints.com for both). Exposed brick walls and wooden flooring are other good ways of adding bold textural touch points to a scheme which will eventually help you create a tactile dimension to your décor and ensure your room oozes style and character. What’s not to love about that?
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You’ve read all about how texture adds interest and character to a room now here’s how to do it in your own home with these key pieces
Adwell Medium Sofa in Livie Grey £1,199, Marks and Spencer, marksandspencer.com
Design Project by John Lewis Lilac grey Cushion (No 033), £40, John Lewis, johnlewis.com
Gallery Hayle Round Mirror, £249.99, Very, very.co.uk
Everyday Luxe Candle Wooden Base, £12.99, Sainsbury's Home, sainsburys.co.uk
Grey tipped Mongolian cushion, £48, River Island, riverisland.com
Anglepoise Type 75 Desk Lamp in Silver Lustre, £170, Amara, amara.com