How to add depth with textures in interior design

Texture is one of those elements that can often be ignored in novice interior design projects, but when tackled successfully, it can make a room look extremely professional. It adds a sophisticated and layered depth to any design, and can really liven up a room, without having to rely on extremely bright colours.

There are a number of different ways to use textures and layer textures during an interior design project or while redecorating, from rugs and textiles to plants and art. Here are some ideas from ArtClick’s interior design specialists to get you inspired…

Add depth to a room with art

If you have a modern room, full of sleek, shiny, smooth furniture and materials, such as a polished concrete floor, gloss finished walls, metallic lampshades and leather furniture, you might want to add some complexity to its design with your choice of art. In this case, a matte finished texturized feature piece of art, such as acrylic, that contrasts with the rest of the room is a great option. There is a big difference between contrasting and clashing, and in this case, contrasting features can provide a real air of sophistication and professional intricacy to a room.


Smoothing out textures with art

Similarly, an older style room with matte or plaster-textured walls with timber furniture, a carpeted floor and textile lounge suite can be layered with chic, smooth art. This kind of room would already have a number of layered textures, between the carpets, furniture and walls, but if the colours are fairly monochrome, you can still choose a stand-out piece of art.


If, however, there are already a lot of textures and colours in a room, monochrome oil paintings or photographs can be a great option.

Meeting of the Board' by Yvonne Donoghue    'Testdrive' by Yvonne Donoghue


Pastel, pencil or charcoal drawings are also an extremely effective option in this case.


Brio High Chaparral

The key with both of these options – layering textured art in a sleek modern room and toning down the volume and textures in an already texturized room with more subtle artwork – is to think about how different materials and textures work together. For example, picture a colourful, smooth oil painting against unpolished timber or an elaborate acrylic painting against a glossy white wall – rustic against refined; antique against modern.

Creating texture through images

Another way to think about texture is actually without texture at all… This may sound crazy, but if you look at certain pieces of art, the actual picture can paint the texture for you. This can work particularly well, again in a modern, refined room that doesn’t have much textural or colourful depth, with artworks such as these…

Ballinskelligs Castleby a flanagan     A Path To Satisfy Even The Simplest Of Tastes by Martina Furlong

As with every interior design project, it is all about balance and personal taste. If you love busy-looking rooms with lots of different textures and colours, and have a creative eye, you can create an absolute masterpiece with layers, between the fit out, furniture and artwork. If, however, you like a more subtle, minimalist style, try just featuring one layer of contrasting texture with a feature piece of art and see how much of a difference it makes to the refined complexity of the room.

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