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Texture: A Vital Design Principle

Updated: Jul 21, 2022


There are many principles that contribute to amazing design. Texture, specifically, provides additional layers of visual contrast. Textures enhance how a space physically feels as well as how you mentally feel within a space. In a more sterile environment like a hospital, there is less texture which is encouraged. However, in residential spaces design is crucial to creating purposeful designs. Texture can remind you of places and be connected to an individual's senses, providing powerful connections with a space. We can categorize textures by weather, location, time periods, feeling, comfort, etc..


Examples of textures include:

  • Wood

  • Silk

  • Suede

  • Fur

  • Bamboo

  • Metal

  • Lace

  • Leather

Not only can these elements add texture, but they also add color. Texture doesn't always have to be added to a space through decor. You can always texturize walls with wallpapers and paint. For example, paints come in glossy, satin, matte, and other finishes. Molding can also be crucial to adding texture to a space. Light fixtures can also add texture.


Many current elements contribute to textures. Bringing texture into spaces is all about layering. Layering materials and patterns are crucial to amplifying the feel of a space.

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