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Mix your textures for depth and definition

Texture is probably not the first thing you think of when you’re planning your décor, yet the mix of tactile textures is just as important as the visual elements in creating a comfortable and stylish home.

Different surfaces work together to give a room visual depth and definition. A room with all-smooth surfaces will seem one dimensional, and flat; there will be little warmth to the scheme like this. But if you were to add plenty of texture, by using tiles such as our Gorge (available in black, white and grey) on the walls for instance, with smooth tiles such as Cathedral on the floor, even the simplest of palettes will look stunning. Add to this the rawness of rough wood furniture such as a distressed wood table and you have a touchable, textured haven.

Gorge White Muretto Wall Tiles Cut Argento Wall Tiles

You can’t fail to notice that textured tiles always look striking in a bathroom. With the rough surface of tiles such as our Feel Muretto tile, set against the smooth lines of bathroom fittings, and set off beautifully by fluffy towels and good directional lighting, you can create a tactile sanctuary that will appeal to the senses and make you want to linger.

In the living area, a feature wall would not have the desired effect with smooth tiles. No, this area should be textured with tiles like our Cut Argento or Ocra wall tiles for the full effect of definition in a room softened with leather ottomans, deep and inviting fabric sofas and luxurious fur rugs. All of which contrast beautifully with smooth floor tiles such as our Barcelona for a sleek and stylish look.

The same can be said for the bedroom; the tactile surface of our Highlands tile (available in hazel, grey and white) behind the bed head creates a coarse canvas for the soft duvets, pillows and smooth bedroom furniture, all accentuated by soft lighting of course, to bring out the detail of the textured wall.

The effect of mixing material texture is an important yet often overlooked part of designing any scheme. But it is simple to create both a tactile and visual feast in your décor simply by taking more notice of the feel of elements such as tiles and furnishings, rather than the look. This is especially important if you’re not a fan of colour and prefer a neutral palette, where the use of a variety of textures is vital for creating a scheme that is both stylish and inviting.