Textured elements bring life and movement to an apartment, helping it to feel warm and welcoming rather than cold and sterile. Specifically, textured elements should be bright and cheerful with soft, layered patterns that give the eye something interesting to look at while in the space. Of course, it can be very easy to go overboard when it comes to texture and a space can quickly be filled with too many contrasting elements.
Today, we will explore various aspects of a room’s decor so we can maintain balance and cohesion while bringing some variety and texture into a space.
Furniture: Get Groovy With It
Furniture has gotten a bit boring over the last few years. Glass panes, straight lines, flat fronts, smooth doors – not a whole lot of texture to work with. However, furniture is entering a new era in 2022, with rich textures becoming the focal point. Curved sofas and tables, velvet cushions, and layered pieces are increasingly becoming the norm. If you want to incorporate more texture into furniture you already have without investing in all new pieces, consider buying faux fur sheepskins from IKEA to layer your couch, dining chairs, or office chair.
If you are interested in a few new pieces to bring additional texture to your space, consider a grooved, curving console or textured wood piece. Also consider investing in pieces that bring in several elements, such as a console or end table with wicker elements. Consider incorporating plush velvet furniture into your space. Plush velvet not only is soft to sink into, but it’s also a great way to bring texture into a room without having to add tons of throw pillows and blankets to add softness and warmth.
Layer in Your Nerdy Side: Add Texture with Books
If you have some books lying around in a box under your bed, take them out and incorporate them into your space. This is particularly effective if you have books with colorful cases that are in a variety of sizes. Rather than investing in an entire bookcase, layer your books throughout the room. Stack two or three below a lamp on an end table, coffee table, and in other areas of the space to bring warmth and texture to any room.
Weave in Textured Textiles
With home doubling as a workspace most of the time, it’s important to make an apartment feel as warm and comforting as possible. Mixing in textured textiles such as crushed velvets, soft faux furs, faux leather, tweed, and boucle fabrics help add dimension to a space while making the area much more comfortable and relaxing. Anything furry, cozy, and comfortable to lounge on is great to incorporate, which means it may be worth making the trip to Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, HomeGoods, or any other home retailers in your area so that you can feel the textures and ensure the items you’re buying are soft and mesh well with the other pieces in your space. When shopping for items, the softer the better. In addition to layering different textures, try going with pillows in a range of shapes and sizes to add a different dimension to your space. Cheerful and soft pillows work well when layering textures, as well as round pillows or geometric pillows.
Use Unexpected Materials
Sisal boucle carpets are the ideal canvas for layering different rugs and carpets. Layer sisal carpets with faux animal furs such as cruelty-free cowhide or faux sheepskin. A sisal carpet’s neutral tone makes the perfect backdrop for a vibrant rug layer that is both unexpected and elegant.
Add Texture with Plants
Texturizing with plants doesn’t mean you need to develop a green thumb. But if you do, just know that plants are a great addition to helping improve the air quality in your home and your overall health.
If you are in the market for plants to add to your space, consider investing in one or two small, medium, and large plants and put them in planters that range in color, pattern, and style. You can also invest in plants that come in a range of textures such as the thick and tall Bird of Paradise, a medium-sized Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, or a small ZZ plant.
If you’re not ready to make the leap into plant parenting just yet, consider decorating your space with foraged pieces found in nature, such as dried lavender in a sculptural vase, tall cuts of pampas grass on a pretty vintage tray, or succulents in a range of pots in different shapes and sizes.
Texturizing Can Be Monochromatic
If your home has a consistent color theme that you want to stick with, texturizing doesn’t have to mean deviating from that theme. Instead, try to incorporate various shades of that color that mesh. For example, if your space is white, incorporate pieces that are ivory, beige, taupe – the whole spectrum of light colors to bring variety and dimension without sacrificing your color scheme.
One of the best parts about decorating with textured materials is that this design trend can be done without doing any modifications to the apartment: no painting or installations required! Remember that decorating with textured materials doesn’t have to involve doing everything at once. Keep your eye out for interesting pieces that will blend well with your space while you’re out shopping, and little by little incorporate more pillows, lamps, throws, rugs, and other elements that will add additional layers to your home.
If you are in the market for a new apartment, Draper and Kramer offers spacious luxury apartments that are the ideal canvas to weave textured layers into a warm, inviting space.