Jessica Testa - 17 Jun, 2021

7 easy ways to add layers and texture to home

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The minimalist style isn’t necessarily the right template for everyone’s home. Some may benefit from adding some layers and texture to make each room as interesting as the last. Creating this visual appeal in your home isn’t too difficult or bank breaking.

Be careful not to go overboard and consider the existing elements and use of each room. It may only require adding a few bits and pieces to your space, layering them over one another, making a couple of changes to tickle your senses.

Here are a variety of ways that you can add layers and texture to your home.


Add a plant or two

Indoor greenery can do wonders in lifting a space and is one example of how you can add layers to your home using natural materials. Different plants have differences in their form, petal and leaf shape, height, colour and vessel, all of which play their role in creating a particular textual effect as they clean any toxins in the air.

Cohesion is the key to any functional design, so linking the texture of your plants to other elements in the space, such as the furniture. There are a range of indoor plants that are not only easy to maintain, but allow you to add further personalisation through the vivid and interesting pots that you can place them in.

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Style with natural materials

From your furniture to the different parts of your home itself, using natural fibres is an easy way to work some texture into each space. For example, investing in a nice, smooth wooden coffee table could allow you to incorporate texture in a more subtle way. Marble is another great natural material that can be used to create tables, benches, seats, counters, splashbacks and even floors. Recycled wood furniture may have its own texture that can be used to create a nice rustic look.

Additionally, mixing materials isn’t something that you need to stay clear from as contrasting is an important part of successfully creating texture. This can give your home a more curated feel and can be done well in the most simple of ways. As an example, dark wooden floorboards lining your floors can contrast nicely under a fluffy rug.

Style the walls with texture in mind

Your walls can be the perfect blank canvas to play with texture in a variety of ways. Introducing fascinating wall art or sculptural wall decor can be an easy way to introduce texture into a room without going through a big renovation. Giving your wall a fresh coat of paint, such as a French wash, can be another way to create texture using your walls. If you don’t want to paint the whole wall, textured accents can be the details you need to achieve the feel you want.

Merging the use of natural materials and playing with the texture of the walls can go hand in hand if you are building a brand new home. For example, introducing a brick wall is one of the top home design trends of this year that do their part to create warmth in a space while having a different shades of greys and, whites and blacks work well with the texture of the bricks. Alternatively, adding a tile or masonry splashback to your kitchen or switching to a more textured tile in the bathroom can be the change you need.

Assess the lighting

Lighting is often one of the biggest contributing factors to texture due to its influence on a space. Despite it not being physically textured, it is able to soften or harden up a room, depending on the other elements of a room and how much light there is streaming into the space.

While natural light can be controlled by window sizes and window treatments, particular textures can be achieved through certain lighting fixtures. For example, a warm white light creates a softer texture, whereas a cool white light would be more on the harsh side. In addition to this, the positioning of a light fixture can alter the texture.

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Add items for comfort

In terms of your living room, bedroom and other spaces that have seating, adding layers and texture can be as simple as adding a variety of accessories that you can add to your home to create warmth and comfort. Some of these may include pillows, cushions, throws and duvets. This can be as simple as setting up a nice and relaxing reading space in the corner of a room with a comfortable chair, a pillow and blanket and a small wooden table holding a stack of hardcover books.

This is not just limited to items that are made of fuzzy or woollen materials. Patterns can also do their part to contribute to the texture of your space, while allowing the item to pop among more neutral tones. You can be as creative as possible, from stripes or spots to cowhide and cheetah. You can even make it a DIY project and create your own stylish pillows with any specific pattern you have in mind.

Consider the architectural details

Aside from the materials that they are made of, the architectural details of your furniture or your walls can add more interesting dimensions to your home. These may seem like small details, but they could make a big difference when you look at your space as a whole. In your home, this may be limited to window and door frames, but these can be emphasised through a fresh, bright coat of paint. 

Some examples include crown molding, chair railing, tray ceilings, wainscoting or picture molding on your walls or adding a beadboard on the ceiling or on the back panel of a bookcase. Many of these elements are made to be a focal point of your space. If your home lacks existing architectural details and you don’t want to go through all the necessary renovations to create them, you are able to mimic particular techniques. You can do this by using paint to recreate the look of crown molding or buying or making your own ceiling medallions.

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Contrasting is key

When styling with layering and texture in mind, using contrasting items is an important way to create a balance within your design. One example of this is mixing contemporary and traditional pieces in the same space to create a particular look. For example, a modern chair can complement an upcycled farmhouse table quite well.

Another way is through contrasting fabrics. For example, look at the material that your sofas and armchairs are made of and try to find contrasting, yet balancing, materials for your curtains, blinds and lampshades. These can change depending on the season with velvet and wool being great additions for the cold winters and lighter silks allowing more air flow during the warmer summer months.  

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