Texture is a key element to interior design and can make the difference between a good design scheme and a great design scheme. Finding ways to incorporate texture into your design scheme can feel like a big task, but in fact, there are many furniture pieces and furnishings that can be incorporated to make a room look more stylish.

Textured rugs are by far one of the easiest ways to make an impact in a room while also complimenting the space with some texture. Here, we are going to talk about these rugs in detail, how to style a textured rug and why texture can make such a big impact in both small and large spaces.

The Next Big Trend: Textured Rugs 

Rugs have always been seen as a way to add additional elements to a design scheme; be it color, impact, or texture. But what we are seeing in the world of interiors is the rise of textured rugs. Tipped to be the next big trend (move over statement lamps), textured rugs are a way to unite a color scheme, disrupt an eyeline or accentuate a common theme throughout the room. Textured rugs can be used in almost any room and come in a huge range of sizes, colors, and textures to suit your design scheme.

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Loloi x Justina Blakeney Optimism Animals Rug

What is a textured rug?

A textured rug is any rug that has a tactile feel to it. From super soft high pile wool rugs to more hardwearing sisal rugs, textured rugs have a uniqueness to them that adds depth and character to both the rug and the room as a whole.

Similarly, a rug with a raised design can go by many names, but if you want to get technical, they can be known as either a flat woven rug with an embossed design or a multi-level loop pile rug. 

Texture in Interior Design

Texture is a vital element in interior design and can transform a room from flat and basic to a space that is rich in interest and engaging to the eye. Encouraging our minds to explore the sensation, textured furnishings, and furniture makes us not only experience the design with our eyes, but we also want to experience with our sense of touch.

Textile Trends: A Guide to Textured Rugs

Tigress Rug

Switching between actual texture (a hardwood floor) and implied texture (a wood effect laminate floor) can help incorporate texture into a space without the practicalities and additional cost. Texture doesn’t have to be limited to permanent features either; you can add textured furnishings, accessories, and even implied textural accents.

Does texture make a room look bigger?

While texture itself may not make your room look bigger, it will help to make your scheme look more sophisticated. A textured rug will make your room appear bigger as long as you select the right size. Try, where possible, to go for the largest rug and place it beyond its boundaries.

For example, if you are placing a rug in a lounge, then you want it to sit nicely under the sofas, if you are placing a rug under a dining table, then you want it to sit larger than the utilized space (i.e., when the dining chairs are pulled out). Making the rug “bigger” than the space it is intended to fill will help you to create the effect of a larger room.

Why Unique Rugs Compliment a Design Scheme

Unique rugs such as textured ones help to do two things. Firstly, they help to unite a design scheme or complement it. Picking out a complementary color or pattern within a unique rug that is already in situ in your design scheme can help to tie the entire room together. 

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Ayo Rug Collection

Secondly, a unique rug can make for a disruptive impact which stops people in their tracks thereby creating a focal or talking point. Unique rugs are a wonderful way to lift a design scheme and finish a room.

Styling A Textured Rug

There is one rule major rule that most people forget when it comes to textured rugs and that is the bigger the better! Rugs always look better when they fit comfortably under and around furniture, rather than precariously placed underneath.

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Loloi x Justina Blakeney Optimism Ocean Rug

Using a textured rug to zone your space is also a handy interior design trick, particularly when you are working with a dual-purpose space. This helps to define the space and its purpose. Don’t feel tied to placing a rug in a specific room either. Rugs work in hallways, living rooms, and bedrooms! 

It is important to note that some rugs have a texture that could catch on moveable furniture or get very dirty very quickly, so it’s a good idea to find the ideal textured rug for high traffic areas or under dining chairs. Textured rugs look equally good accentuating furniture as they do filling an empty space, it’s all about choosing the right texture for the function of that part of the room.

How to Choose a Textured Rug

Textured rugs not only add warmth to a home, but they can really help to add a layer of complexity when it comes to lifting a design scheme as a whole. Creating a visual draw to the eye using a unique rug can really make a big impact. Make your room stand out and check out City Homes textured rug collection or our design services.