Texture is not necessarily at the top of everyone’s interior design checklist, but it’s more important than you may think. While most of our focus goes to a space’s overall aesthetic, color palettes, and design style, texture in interior design is the metaphorical glue that brings all of these things together. 

A mosaic above a fireplace in a living room to demonstrate how to incorporate texture in interior design.

Why Add Texture in Interior Design

Not only is a room without texture a little boring, but it just isn’t as appealing to the eye. This is because texture adds depth, dimension, and other key elements that make a space feel complete. Being in a room without texture is kind of like looking at a picture of a room versus actually standing in it. You simply cannot compare the two. 

Adding texture in interior design is an essential finishing touch, and it’s easy to do. Using one or more of these design ideas, you can ensure that your space appeals to all the senses.

How to Add Texture in Interior Design


A textured chair in a dining area to demonstrate how to incorporate texture in interior design.

When adding texture in interior design, furniture may be the easiest place to start. Furniture is a must-have in most spaces, so it’s something you’re going to be purchasing anyway. Plus, it inherently has texture to it—a win-win!

The level of texture is really where you’ll need to start making decisions. Some upholstery, such as linen and nylon are lower profile and won’t add a whole lot of texture to your room. If you’d like your furniture to make a big impact, materials such as leather and velvet will offer far more texture to the space. 


Artwork is a fantastic way to add texture to a room’s design where it might not otherwise be. For example, wall art is an incredibly easy way to bring dimension to areas that are relatively textureless.

The options with artwork are virtually endless. Natural stone, plaster, and woven materials are some of the simplest ways to enhance your decor. 


The best thing about using furnishings to add texture to a room is that they are just as functional as they are beautiful. A chunky knit blanket will not only keep you warm, but offer an appealing contrast with a leather couch. 

It’s also an opportunity to think outside the box. Natural materials can create spectacular texture. A vase of flowers, a hanging houseplant, or a rattan basket are understated, yet sophisticated ways to bring texture from the outside in.  

Window Treatments

One of the more often forgotten interior design fixtures, window treatments shouldn’t be underestimated. Curtains and valances by their very nature tend to create a bit of visual movement within a space. 

Add in a textured fabric and you’ve amplified the design of your space in a delightfully surprising way. Whether you opt for flowing sheer drapery or a hearty twill window hanging, there are a variety of ways to elevate your windows and entire space at the same time. 


A shag rug in a living room to demonstrate how to incorporate texture in interior design.

If you’re going to use your flooring to add texture to your interior design, keep in mind that it’s a commitment. Out of all the ways you can incorporate texture into a room, flooring is the most difficult to change.

However, flooring is one of the most versatile options as well. In this case, the look of texture can be just as effective as a textured material itself.

Grainy wood flooring, carved stone tile, and tufted carpeting will not only provide the look of texture, but the feeling of it too. If the thought of committing to permanent flooring is too much to bear, an area rug is the perfect solution. Shag and faux fur varieties will add a cozy texture that can be easily swapped out when the room is in need of an refresh.


Natural stone is one of the most classic ways to bring texture into a space. Fireplaces, backsplashes, and tile floors are just a few of many methods to add showstopping character to a room.

The versatility of stone is one of its greatest assets, along with its durability. Often scratch-, stain-, and water-resistant, natural stone pieces can last a lifetime. If you’re willing to invest in a quality product for the sake of longevity, then look no further.

Finding Balance with Texture in Interior Design

Now that you know your options, you have to decide how you’re going to incorporate texture into your interior design. It’s important to keep in mind that styling a room is all about balance. Too much texture can be overwhelming, while not enough will leave your guests yawning. 

It’s wise to add texture in a variety of ways and at different levels throughout the space. If your flooring has a more subdued texture, consider opting for upholstery that will stand out. Add in some plaster wall art and a hanging house plant to complete the look. 

Alternatively, if you install a shag rug in your space, you can choose softer patterns for your furnishings. Contrast with stonework in your hearth or woven accents on your walls to strike the right balance.

No matter what you choose, the textures you choose will give your room character and put a bit of your personality on display. With some thoughtful consideration and experimentation, you can add the finishing touches to your space’s interior design.