All the Feels: How to Use Textures to Increase the Coziness of a Room

All the Feels: How to Use Textures to Increase the Coziness of a Room

March 01, 2018


Color, lighting and furniture all play key roles in forming a beautiful room. But texture is an interior designer’s secret weapon for making any space feel cozy.

Rough or smooth, glossy or matte, soft or prickly; when you throw a bit of texture into your décor, it can really make a room pop.

Channel your inner designer and use these tips to spruce up your home with texture.


You’ve probably heard the mantra “everything in moderation.” You may not always follow this rule (we get it, chardonnay is life), but when it comes to using textures in your home, try to strike a balance. Applying little to no texture can make your space feel dull and barren. On the flipside, a room with too many textured elements can feel cluttered and unrelaxing. It might take some trial and error, but you’ll know when you find the right balance. Hint: you’ll want to cozy up and take a nap.

Our Tonal Textures Bedscape (pictured above) designed by Athena Calderone (@eyeswoon) embodies texture in moderation. With the perfect combination of urban living and refined industrial edge, this cool grey design instantly adds sophistication and elevation to your bedroom.

Draw Elements from Nature

Next time you see a scenic #nofilter shot in your feed, take note! Incorporating Mother Nature into your décor can be your design super power. She’s blessed us with a slew of beautiful decorative objects, so why not take advantage?

Consider the type of look you’re trying to achieve. Shells and sand dollars are essential for coastal-inspired décor, while manzanita branches and horns emphasize rustic elegance. Plants are a stylish and colorful way to add texture to your room, no matter what type of design you have in mind. They’re also been known to improve air quality in your home. Win-win.

Get Some Books

Books are fantastic for adding warmth and texture to any room. You may already have a wall of books on display in your space but didn’t realize their purpose in décor. Not a bookworm? Head down to a used bookstore and stock up on bargain-bin paperbacks and hardcovers.

The next step is finding the right place to store those books. An antique bookshelf is a perfect rustic accent, while a glass bookshelf lends itself well to a modern, sleek look. Depending on your décor, you can even throw it back to your college days and opt for a DIY cinder block and plywood bookshelf.

Mix Elements Together

Let your creative side shine! Mix and match textures and embrace experimentation.

Take our Cotton Waffle Weave Coverlet (pictured above) combined with the fringe detail of the Cotton and Wool Lightweight Throw for instance. These complementary tonal hues and contrasting textures work together for a comfortable modern feel.

Antique wood and textiles, especially velvet, create a winning combination. Adding a high pile rug or a rustic element such as a faux animal head to minimalist space can also be an eye-catching accent.  You can blend some of the textured elements we’ve already mentioned. The possibilities are endless.

For more ideas and inspiration, explore interior design pages on Pinterest and Instagram to check out what others have done to create a unique, cozy space with texture.