Textures are one of the biggest design trends of 2013. Open any glossy dedicated to interior design and good living and you can’t miss it. In the past, people paid more attention to functionality than they did the feel of an object, but not any more.
People are now looking for home décor that is not only touchable but visually stunning.
Texture can be added through fabrics, varying materials and mediums. When we add texture to a space it can bring a design together, add interest and appeal not only to our sense of sight, but touch as well.
Texture transforms interior design into a living, breathing, interactive experience that isn’t just confined to throwing a carpet down on the floor.
Textural Wallcoverings: More Options than Ever
There are a number of ways to make your walls touchable and no, you don’t have to cover them in faux fur. Nothing makes a statement on your walls more than a natural wallcovering.
From understated linen to silky suede, these are not your mother’s wallpaper. Wallcoverings made of cork, slate and granite go well with leather chairs and sofas, providing a nice textural contrast.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of putting texture on a floor? If you thought of shag carpet, that’s one way to go about it. But, that isn’t the only thing on our list of floor coverings for 2013.
This year, textural flooring options aren’t just getting more sophisticated, they’re getting greener too. Area rugs and carpeting are going to be eco-friendly with earthy textures made out of materials like bamboo, jute and seagrass.
Natural wood flooring has also been a growing design trend in the past few years and continues to gain momentum. Locally sourced hard and softwoods along with reclaimed wood are able to add a variety of color, texture and character to your home.
No need to feel shy about mixing woods either. A dark elm coffee table, bookcase or other piece could provide a striking contrast against a lighter wood floor such as bamboo or birch.
Accessories: Texture Without the Commitment
Don’t forget the accessories! These can play big part in adding final touch to your room and will work to tie the elements of your design together.
If you aren’t ready to embrace textures wholeheartedly just yet, then accessories are a great way to try out the trend before you commit. Pillows, sofa covers and area rugs are a good way to experiment with texture and can be easily changed out as your colour scheme and tastes change.
Accessories made of wood, metal and knits are also a growing trend as people become even more aware of the growing DIY and craft movement. You can even experiment with making some of your own textured accessories like knitted pillow covers.
Textures are a fun way to bring your home alive and this is a trend that’s here to stay a while. As we move forward, interior design finds even more ways to engage our senses. So, what trends do you see in design for 2013? Let us know in the comments.