How to Layer with Texture

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When designing for myself and my clients I know that a room is finished when it has personality and an air of coziness. I apply this rule of thumb to both modern and traditional spaces no matter how cluttered or sparse.

I have found that the best way to achieve personality and coziness in a room is through layering. Using a mix of pattern in your various pieces of furniture, rugs, pillows and throws is a great way create this layering affect in a room. But for those who aren’t a big fan of pattern or for those who just appreciate the soothing sensibility of solid textiles, using various textures in your space is another easy and important way to achieve a sense of layering in a room.

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From leather (worn or polished), to velvet (crushed or hammered), to silk (raw or blended) the variety of textures you can add and mix in your space seems to be endless. It’s true, you can and should mix textures even in rooms filled with pattern, but it becomes especially important in a room full of solids. A room of solids that incorporates a mix and layer of textures can be just as interesting and inviting as any other space.

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Here are some suggestions for how to layer textures in your next interior decorating venture:

Country Farmhouse

  • White denim slip covers
  • French silk side chair
  • Heavy Belgian linen drapery

Metropolitan library

  • Leather chesterfield sofa
  • Velvet tufted ottoman
  • Grasscloth wall covering

Mountain Lodge

  • Linen sectional
  • Wool throws and pillows
  • Worn leather side chairs

These are just a few examples, but the possibilities are truly endless. Comment below and tell us about your favorite textures to layer in a room!

Image Sources- Photo 1: Barbara Barry via Elle Decor; Photo 2: Leather Chair, Red Velvet Sofa, Silk Chair, Linen Bedding, Kenneth James Grasscloth, Black Silk Mohair.; Photo 3: Rose Tarlow from Beach Bungalow.

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Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.