How to add texture to your kitchen design

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Adding texture is so important to creating beautiful interiors and including this in your kitchen is no different. It may seem confusing on how to add texture to your kitchen design once you have chosen your colour scheme, but our article explains and explores different ideas and top tips for you.

What is texture?

Technically everything in the home has a ‘texture’ but when interior designers say they add texture to a room they mean those pieces with surfaces that stand out from their surroundings and have a tactile quality. Texture in this sense can come from a variety of sources from soft fabrics and textiles with movement, to harder materials like wood and stone, on any touchable surface. Examples of texture in a kitchen design would be a  brick wall, oak beams, exposed steels, leather or velvet stools, copper, glass, mirror, concrete etc, but be  careful to not overload the space with too many conflicting sensations. A balance is required to accentuate your kitchen design

Textured walls

Textured walls can help to break up the monotony of a traditionally painted room. Letting one wall stand out from the rest with a different pattern or colour can be a small step that makes a big impression on the rest of the kitchen. But you can also add texture to a wall which goes beyond just a colour choice .A textured wall is a great place to use a desired wallpaper, tile or stone, for example. This is especially effective if the colours complement the rest of the walls. A mirrored kitchen splashback is a great way to add texture to a kitchen wall and in addition, makes the space feel large and brighter, plus, it can provide an intriguing new perspective. Choose from the plain mirror, antiqued finishes or coloured versions, maybe incorporating a gorgeous bronze.

Textured worktops

Your kitchen’s overall look and style is hugely influenced by your worktops, often being the first focal point in adding texture to your kitchen design. The popularity of textured worktops is a lot to do with their rich and extraordinary depth, a quality which they then bring to your kitchen as a whole. They’re tones and textures are designed to echo the look of natural materials, with options such as wood, granite and stone proving popular in designs.

Rustic industrial designs

Industrial kitchens can make a huge statement when planned and executed properly. Exposed brick walls and pipes, wood beams, wall-mounted rails and retro-looking appliances are all staples of the industrial kitchen style, all adding texture to your kitchen design. Typically, you’ll find brick walls, rustic furniture and exposed pipes and beams in an industrial style kitchen, with appliances often dressed in stainless steel. The rough textures blend perfectly with the smooth steel surfaces to form a harmony, as shown in our showroom with our Urban Kitchen Design.


Lighting, for example, is neither physically or visually textured itself, but it’s one of the biggest contributors of texture in the home. Lighting is the most multi-layered subject of all when it comes to texture. It is a matter of mixing different styles of source, choosing the right temperature of bulb, and spreading the light sources at different levels throughout the room so you have wave upon wave of illuminated texture. The possibilities are endless, ranging from a pendant lamp above a kitchen island or extra lighting along your counter top.

Kitchen Island

A textured kitchen island can add functionality and flair and make a real statement. You can choose natural materials like granite and marble or bolder choices like slate and concrete. A contrasting kitchen island allows you to introduce new colour and texture to the room in an understated yet impactful way. Introducing bar stools on leather or soft velvet, or maybe rattan can warm up the look and add another layer of texture.

There are lots of ways in which you can layer textures and combine them with different materials, colours and patterns to create a visual and sensory delight. For more information on how to add texture to your kitchen design, please contact us here.