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How to Layer and add Texture

Posted on: 04.09.2020


If you have a passion for home design and interiors, you might have come across the idea of texture and layering.  It’s in the design manual of every Interior Stylist – so we thought we’d let you in on some handy tips to achieve a gorgeous space, worthy of room envy, without the need for an Interior Sylist, their stock room and their price tag!

If you feel your space is a little flat, adding textures is a great way of making a room feel inviting and comfortable.  Not only can texture work to create accents and make certain areas stand out, they can also create depth, interest and a great feeling of comfort.

There are lots of ways in which you can layer textures and combine them with different materials, colours and patterns to create a visual and sensory delight!

Texture can come through in a whole host of ways, from fabric and furniture finishes to matte versus glazed ornaments on a bookcase, a polished granite fireplace with a tasselled wool rug in front of it, even wall treatments and artwork have the ability to make the walls feel multi-dimensional.


Furniture texture is certainly a good starting point, especially as you’re most likely to come into physical contact with it. Imagine running your hand over a cool, smooth marble table, eating off a rustic oak dining table, and kicking back in an opulent velvet sofa.  Bliss!


Interesting textures aren’t only pleasing to look at, but when you contrast them, they can provide a sense of balance too.

If your colour palette, for example, is made up of similar neutral shades, you can interrupt the consistency by changing up the fabric textures.  Natural, raw materials instantly add depth to a space. Go for linen, timber, stone, hides and leather over synthetic or processed materials. These natural fibres and finishes feel (and smell!) good and add a subtle richness to a room.

Even if your decor has multiple shades, using contrasting fabrics proves that colour and pattern aren’t the only routes to achieving difference.

You can also evolve the textural contrasts throughout the year. For example, a linen sofa might go from having cool cotton and silk cushions in summer to sumptuous velvet and faux fur in winter.


Rugs can instantly transform and add texture, as well as visually define and finish a room by pulling together all the essential elements of a space. They’re comfortable underfoot and add a literal layer of warmth. You can even layer an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet or one over the other for added texture and personality.

The trick is to bring in texture and understated detail. The scale of the rug can make it feel luxurious, whilst a rhythmic pattern can bring movement and interest to an otherwise plain scheme.

A patterned rug is a great way to introduce texture and balance to a pared-back, modern look. A room that contains patterns will feel very textural, even if they don’t have a raised texture.

In an open-plan space, large rugs are the perfect way to create smaller, more intimate zones. You can break up the space and highlight a cosy living area by marking the boundaries with a rug.


Lighting is one of the greatest sources of texture in the home as its ambient glow can transform an entire space into one of incredible softness.

The look and feel of a lampshade / fitting itself plays a role in providing texture. A high-shine chrome lamp adds very different texture to a natural bamboo shade, for example. But it is the rays of light themselves where texture takes on a more visual character.

Where you position your lighting also varies the texture – an unlit corner can blossom into a gorgeous little reading nook with the help of lighting texture (and furniture of course).

Lighting is the most multi-layered subject of all when it comes to texture. It is a matter of mixing different styles of source, choosing the right temperature of bulb, and spreading the light sources at different levels throughout the room so you have wave upon wave of illuminated texture.


Remember that curtains and blinds can be a decorative element, and when done the right way, they soften a room and add another layer. A quick DIY can make a big difference. Try natural linens in a simple drop or bring in beachy texture with easy-to-install woven blinds.

Image courtesy of @ kjg_home


Take your walls from flat to fab with styling ideas beyond standard art and mirrors. Weavings, wall-mounted plants and interesting fabric will add a layer of lush to your walls, whilst a floating shelf will provide a highlighted spot to play with an ever-evolving vignette.


Vases, ornaments, sculptures and mirrors are perfect for playing with texture. An arrangement of objects with alternating textures can really make a statement.

Always keep an eye out when passing charity shop windows or visiting antique fairs. Vintage items invite an element of roughness – the bumps and knocks of old age or handmade pieces that show signs of the maker. The imperfections of uneven surfaces can relax a space and add a touchable quality.

Don’t overlook a good book! We don’t necessarily think of them as a decorative item, they’re certainly there for much more than their looks, but a whole wall of books, or even a few book spines stacked on a side table, adds a lot of warmth and texture to any room.

Layering your room with one or two baskets is an easy way to add an organic element to a space – and they double up as handy storage in any room. A loosely woven basket has a casual look, so choose a tighter weave if you’re after a more formal style.


Don’t forget the power of plants! They are the ultimate layer of beauty that can complete a space.  Plants, flowers, branches, driftwood, shells, rocks and wood add life and texture to a room and help also to clean the air of toxins.

Decorate with foraged pieces found in nature – think tall cuts of pampas grass in a sculptural vase or a pretty vintage tray filled with seedpods and shells. Or hunt down air-purifying plants with a variety of leaf shapes and sizes, and cluster them together for full impact.


We would love for you to share your experience and pictures of your homely havens and help inspire other #cabyncrew.

Don’t forget, if you would like to visit our showroom you can do so by appointment, simply pop us a message on our contact form and we will be in touch to arrange!

Lots of love from 

Emma x

And all of us at CABYN

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