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One of the most frequent mistakes people make when planning their interior scheme is overlooking the importance of texture. It can add a powerful but subtle dimension to your space and should be considered just as carefully as your colour palette and patterns.

All surfaces have a texture, it is the way in which you use them and what texture you chose that can determine the way your space will feel. Smooth, shiny textures reflect more light so they create a cool impression, soft raised textures absorb more light which conveys a sense of warmth. The McKenzie & Willis Interior Design team have managed to achieve both feelings in this scheme. The use of carpet, the Saporini Tivoli sofas and fur throw in the living area looks warm and cosy while the polished concrete, the Bonaldo Octa glass table and Calligaris Parisiene dining chairs in the back have created a cool, light dining area with a greater sense of space created by the light reflection.

When you have chosen a monochromatic scheme it is especially important to introduce different textures. You run the risk of creating a space devoid of contrast which can make your room boring and prevent your house looking like a home. The appliquéd Mulberry Dress Circle fabric used for the cushions paired with the reindeer skin throw break up the dark natural colour scheme used.

If you are looking to add texture in hindsight consider the items you already have in place and look for a contrasting surface to create the depth and mix required.

The most important check points to consider with texture are; light reflection – will carpet that soaks up the light or a polished wooden floor that reflects the light achieve the feeling you want for your space? What are the visual and tactile natures of the textures you want to use? The scale – what look will covering your sofa in corduroy fabric versus a linen fabric create? Finally, the suitability of the texture to your space and its uses.

Texture is the key to any successful interior design. While colour, pattern and proportion are important, a room devoid of textural contrasts is simply boring. One of the great joys of working with texture is that it shouldn’t just appeal to the eyes, but also to the touch.

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