Texture Trend Alert

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Texture is a huge interior design trend for 2022 and one of my favorite design elements. The flat finish drywall doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. It’s all about running your hands over materials that engage in a tactile way. That’s why the faux finishing market has exploded, with materials and processes that make it possible to mimic concrete, or marble. The look of Venetian plaster is far more do-able nowadays. And from a cost perspective, it’s considerably more approachable than ever before. As expected, the texture trend has spread all across home decor and furnishings too.

A warm minimal off white and muted terracotta toned bedroom with a textured accent wall and alcoves and off white ridged bedlinen from Adairs. Image: Adairs.
Via: Adairs | Victoria quilted bedlinen.

Cream textured upholstery, like cream bouclé that was huge in 2021, is going to surface everywhere; adding warmth to a home. Personally, I expect curdoroy to pick up its momentum too. All the while, rattan as other well known materials like wood, are taking the front seat again with a new, fresh take. Wall panels are popping up all around, even in the most contemporary spaces. This is the age of renaissance for ridged texture.

Texture overload. A dreamy off white contemporary sitting room with a brassy floor lamp, an off white sofa in boucle and a curvy armless chair also in creamy boucle. The Eichholtz Bond Chair. Image: Sweetpea & Willow.
Via: Sweetpea & Willow | Eichholtz Bond Chair in cream bouclé.
A serene, swoon-worthy vignette with two creamy club chairs from &Tradition next to a window. Image: Nest.co.uk.
Via: Nest.co.uk. | Designed by Space Copenhagen for the lobby of the iconic SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the &Tradition.

Scalloped curves were the first to appear a few years back. Then fluted lines and forms followed. Now, the texture trend has evolved further, where designers are looking for means to add visual interest and dimension in a sophisticated way. Hence, the ridged installations came to life, applied anywhere from commercial spaces to the most dull bedrooms to bring a leash of new life. Read more, Interior Trends 2022 and Is Plaster the New Marble?

More Texture. A packshot of the Eichholtz Maguire Swivel chair. Image: Sweetpea & Willow.
Via: Sweetpea & Willow | Eichholtz Maguire Swivel Chair.
A packshot of a teal curdoroy ottoman - Belarus. Image: Adairs.
Via: Adairs | Belarus ottoman in teal curdoroy.
The Warm Nordic Cape Lounge chair with its scalloped design surely looks comfy in a sun flooded room with green toned windows. Image: Nest.co.uk.
Via: Nest.co.uk. | Designed by Charlotte Honcke, the Warm Nordic Cape Lounge Chair – With Stitches is defined by its elegant, scalloped design.
Love this Theodore lamp with its 3D curvy shade in ivory standing on a textured console table. Image: Merci Maison.
Via: Merci Maison | Theodore table lamp in ivory sitting on ridged textured console table.
A warm toned minimal Scandi boho bedroom with beautiful small pots and ridged coral wall ridged panelling. Image: Capra designs.
Via: Capra Designs
A blue toned bar with velvety ridges and black pendant lights and barstools. Totally edgy, classy and funky at the same time. Image: Delightfull.
Via: Delightfull
An opulent living room of a house in Saint Tropez by Carlo Donati, featuring the textured Brubeck round chandelier. Image: Delightfull.
Via: Delightfull | House in Saint Tropez by Carlo Donati – the Brubeck Round Chandelier.

The most fascinating part about the texture trend though is that almost anyone can transform a space, add character and style to it, without making an over the top commitment or a disproportionate, hefty investment. Not everyone will want to put up wall panels. However, adding a ridged vase, a ridged light fixture, or purchasing some ridged glassware can contribute to that tactile desire to touch and explore things within a space. And that’s quite exciting.

A beautiful front door in iroko and ridged textured wall panelling on the corridors. Image: Urban Front.
Via: Urban Front | Quattro front door in iroko.
A man installing oak tiles on a faux concrete wall during an installation. Image: Velvet Karatzas.
During the installation of oak tiles for texture on a wall with a faux concrete finish for a client project.
An off black staircase with black ridged cladding and a jute runner. Image: Dunelm.
Via: Dunelm

Personally, I have been asked to use natural wood textures in projects, in a 3D kind of way. They create an amazing aesthetic by adding depth, and soul to the environment, establishing a richness to how a space feels. They truly help a designer connect the dots. And if done correctly, this sort of commitment to the texture trend will not make an interior look “tired” in the long-run and in need of an update anytime soon. The key is to keep it balanced.

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