Using Texture In Your Home

Beth Orr Schroeder
Updated July 13, 2016
A white kitchen with wood floors
Cabinet doors, lighting fixtures, and more can add texture to your home. (Photo courtesy of Dover Home Remodelers)

Can you feel it? Use texture to add depth to newly renovated space

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It used to be that color was the go-to for adding interest or the “wow” factor to a home. But that was then—and this is now. Today’s home remodeling trends incorporate texture to add drama and depth to interiors, from contemporary to classic design styles

Textures enhance white kitchens

“We’re seeing a lot of our customers leaning toward white kitchens,” said Eileen Orr, designer at Dover Home Remodelers in North Olmsted, Ohio. “While that is the latest trend, many people still fear that an all-white kitchen design will create a sterile environment.” She adds, “If you layer different textures into that same space, you can help soften it and add dimension, without dulling the room’s lighter and brighter feel that is so desirable.” 

White kitchen with wood floors and table.
Avoid a flat-looking kitchen by adding some unique backsplash or lighting. (Photo courtesy of Dover Home Remodelers)

How to add texture to design

According to Orr, a white kitchen serves as a blank canvas for creating a unique space. The options for adding movement through texture and contrast are boundless. Her suggestions: 

  • Cabinets: Mix in an accent color on the island and use glass-front doors or open shelving

  • Backsplash: Insert colored glass tiles with texture, use varying tile sizes and patterns, or opt for sleek stainless steel panels 

  • Floors: Choose rustic wood planks, textured vinyl or natural stone 

  • Countertops: Go with poured concrete, granite, flowing natural quartz or butcher block island surface

  • Hardware: Use natural stone, painted, or polished metal pulls—or create an eclectic mix 

  • Lighting: Select rattan pendant lights, a classic chandelier, hammered copper or blown glass fixtures 

  • Textiles and accents: Add texture with window treatments, rugs and artwork—these are items that can easily be changed out seasonally, or on a whim

Add texture throughout your home

Designers at Dover completed a recent bathroom renovation project using a mix of texture to add interest to what could have been a monotone gray-and-white schemed space. “We helped the homeowner select tiles of varying size, shape and texture to add dimension to the bathroom,” Orr said. “The mix of matte and polished tile surfaces helped to break up the space and add movement without too much fuss—which is exactly the look the homeowner was looking to achieve.”

The rustic-modern transitional style is gaining popularity with a host of HGTV shows highlighting fabulous renovations featuring a look that is easy to live with in terms of repurposing existing pieces. “In great rooms we are using a lot of reclaimed wood for mantles and then we mix in tile, stone or brick to add extra texture for a beautiful focal point to the room,” Orr said.

Try using texture instead of paint color as an accent; you just might find that you can create an interesting contrast within your renovated space that will stand the test of time. 

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