7 Elements of Interior Design Series: Part 6 – Understanding ‘Texture’.


In part 6 of this 7-part series exploring the seven elements of interior design, we discuss ‘Texture’. Developing a basic understanding of the 7 elements of interior design as a real estate photographer assists you in easily identifying the elements (within an interior or exterior space) in which you can work with to create a more visually striking composition.

Texture is another element that works together with light to bring a room to life and has the subtle ability to leverage depth within a room.

The two types of texture include visual and tactile texture, with the difference being that tactile can be physically felt, and visual texture is only recognized by the eye. For example, you can add a smooth leather couch to create visual texture and utilising an exposed brick feature wall would add tactile texture to the space.

This bedroom wallpaper is an example of ‘visual’ texture – texture that can be seen, but not felt.
The exposed brick wall is an example of ‘tacticle’ texture – texture that can be physically felt.

Texture should considered within the space starting from the floor, then furniture, décor, walls and up to the ceiling. If you are on a budget, this element can be introduced to a room at a low cost simply by utilising a textured floor rug, décor or artwork within the space.

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