Here at Modsy, there’s a design element we talk about ALL the time. It’s the secret ingredient that turns any room from blah to beautiful. It helps create a warm and inviting space. And it is the key to making any room look perfectly polished. What is it? Texture! Layers and layers of natural texture.
There’s something so cozy and inviting about using natural textures throughout your home. Most people know how important color is in decorating, but not everyone appreciates the need for texture. Whatever the theme or style of your design, texture adds warmth, comfort, and nuance to your room. This can be in the form of visual or tactile textures—think colors and patterns vs. materials. Without it, even rooms filled with the most beautiful furniture can fall flat.
One of our favorite ways to add texture (and a current trend darling of the design world) is through natural materials! Natural elements can infuse any room with life and add an array of interesting textures. But you might be wondering how and where to incorporate these into your space?
First of all, if you’re wondering what exactly qualifies as natural materials, this post will give you the full scoop. Then, check out these 7 places to incorporate natural textures into your home!
For a major way to add a pop of texture to a room, look for a storage piece that features natural materials. It’s a great way to make a BIG style statement, as these pieces are usually larger and pack a more prominent visual punch. Talk about a conversation starter!
A cool texture can also turn what could be just another boring storage piece into a beautiful addition to your space! We picked this credenza with a woven seagrass front. The natural texture agrees with almost any style while making a visual statement that won’t be ignored. You can also find beautiful wood (such as burl), cane, or even cork varieties.
Lighting is a small and easy way to experiment with adding different textures into your design. We love a good pendant made of woven rattan or rope, which you can also find in table lamp options as well. Ceramics or stones are another fun way to bring natural texture in through your light fixtures.
On the other hand, if you prefer to go big with natural textures in your furniture, stick to more streamlined designs for your light fixtures, like those currently popular in the industrial lighting trend.
Your main seating is also a great opportunity to layer in some natural texture. Consider a sofa, armchairs, dining chairs, benches, and even poufs or ottomans that have a natural look. For sofas, go with a natural material that won’t compromise the comfort factor. Linen and leather are great places to start! With accent seating (like chairs and benches) you can think a little more outside the box. These are great places to incorporate materials like rattan, cane, woven cord or rope, or even woven leather.
Stylist Tip: Pick different materials for your main and accent seating that will look great together. This is an easy way to bring a more layered, textured look to life in your space.
Art and Decor
Art and decor might be the easiest way to incorporate natural textures into your home. Items like wall art, mirrors, baskets, and decorative objects are all smaller and generally more affordable than a sofa or storage piece, for example. They offer a great low-risk way to experiment with different trends or decor ideas.
For the natural textures trend, consider adding art with a woven design. These woven raffia plates from All Across Africa are our current obsession. Mirrors with frames composed of rattan, driftwood, or another natural material are also great options. And, of course, the natural texture possibilities are endless with baskets and other small decorative accents.
How could we talk about natural textures without mentioning the queen of them all? Plants!
Indoor plants are the trend that has never died (and hopefully never will) for so many reasons. They boost your mental wellness, add color and beauty to a room, fill up odd nooks and corners—and we just love the way they liven up a space with oodles of natural texture. Play with different plant varieties together in one room to add contrasting textures.
Stylist Tip: If a living plant isn’t in the cards for you, consider adding a few sprigs of dried pampas grass eucalyptus to a vase for some lovely texture (and it smells amazing to boot!).
If you want to know more about the many functional benefits of natural fiber rugs, this post has you covered! From a style POV, these types of rugs are also a great way to add natural texture. Jute, sisal, and seagrass are the main varieties, but you can also find options that are blended with wool for a plusher under-foot texture.
Natural fiber rugs are also an awesome choice if you like the layered look. Larger sizes are generally less expensive than their wool counterparts. Plus, they provide a lovely versatile base that’s perfect for endless layering options.
Aside from rugs, consider adding natural textures in other textile elements in your room. This could be pillows, throw blankets, or curtains. Even a sheepskin throw is a lovely way to add a pop of natural plushness to your room. For window treatments, consider linen drapes or bamboo blinds (or both together!).