Interior designers will use texture to add what is known as “visual weight”. In other words, how an object or section of the room can draw attention to itself. Texture contrast is one way to make certain aspects stand out more than others. Designers use texture to create a specific feel in a room.
Rough and rough textures, such as reclaimed wood or terracotta, have more “visual weight” and create a rustic and inviting aesthetic, while smooth or shiny textures, such as metals such as chrome, reflect more light and create a more contemporary finish. See below how you can use texture to reflect the feel and visual impact you want from room to room. Lance Thomas, director of Louisiana-based Thomas Guy Interiors, suggests looking at texture in a more physical way. Texture in interior design is about creating moments that invite contact both in person within the space and through photographs, he says.
Here, Thomas and Patton share their best tips for adding texture to your space in a way that's perfectly on-trend and absolutely timeless. Texture is defined as the feel, appearance, or consistency of something. But it's more than the variation in the quality of an object's surface and even more than the appearance of those changes. Texture is measured by the way we perceive that object.
Texture in interior design is vital and literally part of a designer's vocabulary and practice.