Have you ever walked into a beautifully styled space but felt as though something was missing? You may not quite understand what it is, all the components are there - colour scheme, furniture, decorative items, lighting - so what is it that can feel so wrong sometimes?
Chances are that it's texture. Texture is the thing that makes every room pop and stand out. Even the sleekest, most elegant interior design will feel flat and lifeless without texture, and when you forget to incorporate it, your space will always feel as though it’s missing something. Texture takes great design and turns into something spectacular.
So how can you introduce texture into your interior design?
Texture in design
Texture is all about combining objects with different surfaces, colours, and shapes. It serves to engage the senses through the sensation of ‘touch’. But that’s not to mean that you need to have physical contact to feel the power of texture. Even the look of a rough texture can make a space feel more intimate, and smooth surfaces offer a unique sleekness. Used as an architectural element, texture can be striking. The versatile aesthetic of natural stone also allows it to be paired with different feature elements. Contemporary or traditional pots, jars and troughs make great feature pieces that accentuate the rustic elements of natural stone.
Below are some great ways to introduce texture into your home, by creating architectural elements made by natural stone. A blend of elegance, durability, and style - direct from Mother Nature - natural stone is appreciated for its timeless qualities and is a favoured material of many designers looking to give a space a certain edge. Natural stone comes in many different forms and colours and can be used in all areas of the home, making it hugely versatile.
So what are you waiting for? Check out these inspiring ideas and add a ‘wow factor’ to your own home.
1. Front facade
Adding a textural natural stone cladding to your walls can elevate the look and impact of your front facade or entryway in an instant.
2. Feature wall
It could be a continuation of your front facade or a standalone feature to highlight an specific area of your home and add a touch of warmth and texture to your overall design & feel.
If you don’t want to fill an entire wall with natural stone, a great way to incorporate through your home design is with a fireplace feature. In this way, the stone can frame and accent a beloved feature of your home without needing to cover a large surface.
4. Outdoor Kitchen
Add some texture around your outdoor kitchen or BBQ area with a natural stone feature.
5. Around your pool
Natural stone works wonderfully both as a flooring option and has a wall cladding to enhance your pool area. Just make sure the stone you select is suited and installed & sealed correctly.
6. Outdoor entertainment area
If you’re looking for hardwearing, long-lasting materials to use in general around your garden and entertaining areas, you can’t go past natural stone. Natural stone effortlessly fits into your garden’s landscape and can be used in a number of ways, from stairs to stepping stones, wall cladding and much more.
These images illustrate only a few ways that stone can add texture, warmth, life, character, and interest to a room. Take these ideas on board, develop some of your own, and see how your home’s aesthetic can be improved with natural stone today.