Katie Thomas, Design Director of KTM Design and Regional Director of the Society of British and International Design (SBID).

Every single day I am designing bars, restaurants, clubs, offices, houses and multi-purpose spaces such as shopping centres, and the use of texture is a crucial part of every well-designed space. Using a range of textures and balance in an interior design scheme can be as impactful and character-defining as a sophisticated colour palette. Often, people aren’t sure where to begin with using texture or how to go about incorporating it, so my advice is to try not to think of textures in isolation, as this only makes it harder. It is more effective thinking of it combined with colour as part of an integrated concept for the design of a room. To begin, focus on choosing textures for the primary surfaces like wall-coverings, flooring and window-treatments.

To work with texture successfully, you must understand the effects of shadow and reflection caused by the surface material properties, including fabrics, metal, stone, wood, glass and painted plaster. As the materials you choose affect the way in which a surface catches light, lighting design must be considered at the same time as material selection. Shadows in a room can add visual interest to the space, while reflected surfaces add another dimension to the overall composition.

Texture is one of the most overlooked elements in interior design, but it is essential in providing visual and tactile interest and adding depth to a space. It enhances the other elements in your scheme and helps to better convey the mood and style of the design concept.  

For more information about how KTM Design can help you with Interior Design and Space Planning or to book your complimentary design consultation, please call Katie on 07402779973 or email katie@ktmdesign.co.uk