I don’t know whether it’s the promise of lighter, brighter, summer days or just too much time spent browsing Pinterest during lockdown (probably the latter!), but I’m seriously lusting after some bright and airy North American modern vintage style homes at the moment. I love their clean, considered design, rustic warmth and cosy textures – it just seems to work.
But why exactly does it work? Well, one word is important here – TEXTURE. An interior that is carefully layered up with different textures and finishes is immediately more inviting, more pulled together and basically more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
However, layering your interior with texture and pattern is not always easy to get right, so I’ve pinpointed some key elements you need to consider in order to perfect this interior decor trick in your own home.
These three interiors below perfectly demonstrate the power of good texture choice and layering. The faded vintage rugs add elegance, the pared back walls allow artwork and trinkets along the shelves to stand out and the use of natural wood adds warmth and richness.
Simple decor tricks to introduce and layer texture:
Here are some simple ways you can introduce and layer up different textures to create a cosy, welcoming, and let’s face it, pretty damn stylish, home:
Include natural textures – use linen, wool, leather, stone, clay, marble, brass, rattan, bamboo and rustic wood throughout furnishings, lighting and accessories for a layered and interesting feel.
Don’t forget contrast – use pops of black or dark wood across things like lighting, picture frames, curtain poles and furniture legs to add weight and depth. Black accents also modernise a room really effectively.
Remember clean lines – choose pieces of furniture with simple silhouettes and midcentury detail to provide a solid framework from which to build up texture.
Add greenery – plants completely enliven and freshen a space. Vary the look with large-leafed plants, trailing greenery and potted spider grasses and ferns.
So, how do we add texture and interest successfully in key areas of the home?
1. The Bedroom…
The use of natural wood, a simple patterned rug under the bed and muted, textured layers of bed linens creates a cosy, considered space in these two bedrooms. Painted shiplap or wood panelling behind the bed can add warmth, as do brass accents seen in the lighting. Use fine cotton or linen throws with a fringed edge and/or stripe for extra interest.
GET THE LOOK – Bedroom
2. The Living Room…
Throughout these four very different living areas, materials such as wood, jute and basketweave provide natural texture, whilst injections of black throughout lighting fixtures, furniture legs and, of course, the barn door, add modernity and subtle contrast.
I love the yellow mud cloth cushion in the second picture and how it adds interest to an otherwise monochrome scheme, as does the vintage rug in the first image. And who doesn’t love a sliding barn door?!
Pattern is used carefully in the third image to build up layers of interest in a beautiful English country home, whilst an arrangement of different cushion fabrics and textures adds a cosy feel to a plain grey corner sofa in the last picture.
GET THE LOOK – Living Room
For most of us, our dream kitchen is simply that; a dream! Often we have to work with what we have or what we’ve inherited upon moving home. That said, it can be surprising how effective making a few simple changes to your kitchen can be… and adding texture is high on the list!
A vintage rug or runner in the kitchen can inject much needed pattern, whilst adding warmth to tiled floors. Choosing crackle effect or ‘imperfect’ tiles can also add interest to a length of wall beneath kitchen units; the rustic finish of the tiles contrasts especially effectively with the smoothness of cupboard doors.
Mixing up your metals is another great way to add textural interest; the only rule is to stick to a maximum of two metal finishes to avoid an incoherent look. In the first two images below, brass drawer pulls sit happily beside brushed chrome and gold accents. The use of glass light fittings adds in another texture, whilst the wooden stools and countertops ooze warmth.
In the last two pictures, finishes such as marble, rustic reclaimed wood and leather combine beautifully to give a characterful and inviting communal space. Vintage or secondhand pieces can really warm up a space, as they soften the hard edges of a kitchen and make it feel extra cosy and characterful.
GET THE LOOK – Kitchen
I hope this has inspired you to add a little extra to your home’s interior by layering texture, pattern and colour in new ways. Take a fresh look at your home and you may find there are items that can be repurposed in new ways or furnishings and artwork that can be moved to an alternative room of your home. Remember there are no hard and fast rules; a little trial and error never harmed anyone. Have some fun with it!