Rough it up – Add Texture

Add the rough stuff in any interior, but most especially where there colour scheme is neutral and mono- toned.

Texture + Tone adds life and interest.  If everything is all  smooth it just  looks dull.  Too much shiny and glitzy gear (marble, mirrors, shiny gold ) makes for a cold formality in a room.  Rough it up with something rustic, slubby linens, some fluffy rugs or sisal.  Don’t have all smoothRimu or Kauri woods.  You don’t need woods to all be matching as different woods add textures and layers in a room. Try something industrial looking.  A quick fix is often to add something inside that you would expect to see outside – eg a rustic pot, wood or even a plant.

By adding texture you add interest and make the space a lot more welcoming, less formal and cocooning.  This is particularly important when you do neutral interiors and everything is one colour. 

The picture below is all toned up and textural, but it is a ‘neutral’ coloured interior.  Note the Smooth dark chair, contrasting with the shiny brass lamp. The light shiny picture contrasts with the rough rustic table, hydrangeas. The outdoors has been brought in. A beautiful textured rough wallpaper, but with the glamour shine it. Fabulous.  You could work here all day, no?


On the right a sleek modern kitchen with smooth whites has been roughed up with textured wood fronts on the cupboards.  Again outside has been bought inside.  All Shades of Grey are seen here-as in all tonal values.

So, the mission for today is to add all those rustic layers and rough textures to your interiors.  If you have china collections or a glass collection – they are smooth and shiny so why don’t you start things off by adding a plant or some flowers? (Outside, inside- again!)


2 thoughts on “Rough it up – Add Texture

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