Texture is key to any successful decorating scheme. Learn to use it well and combine materials and finishes effortlessly for gorgeous room schemes
Change the mood of a room in an instant by introducing textures that add warmth, interest and sophistication. Let these five great looks inspire a new living room, dining room, bedroom or bathrooms
Create a rustic living room by combining naturally tactile ingredients
Image: Mark Scott
Your choice of materials will determine the look of your living room. This charming scheme features seagrass flooring, raw timber furniture, natural linen upholstery, woollen storage and soft furnishings in unbleached linen and heavyweight cotton.
These are all non-reflective textures that absorb light and create warmth. The stitched linen wallhanging suggests sea-smoothed and rippled shores.
Use industrial elements to add visual depth to a dining room
Image: David Cleveland
Industrial style combines wood with metal and it is the play between the two textures that creates a modern rustic look that references the past while being thoroughly modern.
Here natural flooring and wooden storage provide the warmth, while metal furniture and fittings evoke the industrial.
One absorbs the light, while the other reflects it, producing a scheme that is full of life. Wall plaster and panelling is painted white to temper the backdrop.
Brighten a country living room with layers of texture
Image: Andrew Boyd
Try a modern take on the rustic look with a mix of wooden finishes. Go beyond the pure unfinished material and introduce side tables, coffee tables and furniture in contrasting types, shades and treatments.
Ring the changes with a botanical design wallpaper and flat pastels instead of natural shades - layer them up in cushion form across sofas and armchairs.
Bring in fresh cut flowers and an industrial-style reading lamp for contrast.
Combine contrasting textures for a thoroughly modern bedroom
Image: Joanna Henderson
Make textures as interesting as colours and you will have a decorating scheme that works. This fabulous bedroom showcases rustic wooden furniture, copper lighting and luxurious bedding in silk, cotton and velvet.
Behind it all is a mottled paint-effect wallcovering whose texture hints at stone or plaster.
The shades of delicate pink, charcoal grey and warming mink single out the different textures and pull the decorating scheme together.
Design a dream hotel-style bathroom using luxe materials
Image: Andrew Boyd
Team cool marble, polished brass and hi-gloss ceramics with a rose pink backdrop for a truly luxurious bathroom.
The play between matt and highly reflective surfaces is where the sophistication lies in this decorating scheme, which has all the glamour of a 1930s powder room.
Cocktail trolley storage and gold fittings add to the feel.
From the Good Homes Magazine editors.
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