The role of texture in office interior design

Office interior design has often talked about the importance of color and space but rarely brings the significance of texture to the conversation. In reality, though often neglected or disregarded, texture plays a vital role in making interior design work for a particular space whether in the office or at home.

To give you an idea, here are a few reasons you should start considering texture as part of your interior and effective office design planning:

1. Texture creates visual depth

We have discussed in another article before how you can go around making a small office space seem big by choosing the right colors, decorative pieces, and furniture. Add texture to that list as it has the power to affect the entire look and feel of your office. It’s a common misconception that texture is only about the sense of touch but in modern office design, texture is also about how one perceives the sense of touch. Browsing through the pages of an interior design magazine won’t require you to have physical contact with the rooms featured but you still have an idea how a particular texture would feel, right?

For instance, if you a polished, modern-looking office, go for smooth textures like marble and glass but if you want a more cozy, earthy feel to your interiors, wood and other rough, natural textures are the way to go.

2. Texture keeps balance

Modern office design is all about keeping things interesting so your employees won’t feel too trapped and bored inside their respective workspaces. By including texture in the equation, you can play with contrast to balance various design aspects in the office for a more interesting visual aesthetics. You can also utilize texture to highlight key elements you want employees and/or visitors to see first the moment they step into the office. However, just like any other element in office design, the secret to using texture effectively is moderation. Our suggestion is to only play with two, or a maximum of three types of textures so the room won’t look to cluttered or busy.

3. Texture works well with color

This is especially true for those going for a monochromatic look for the office design. For instance, let’s say you want to just use the color white in the office- to not make it seem a little too much like a hospital, you can use significantly contrasting textures to give life to the single color while creating harmony to the workspace. Texture would also work well even for multi-colored offices to create greater distinction between rooms. This could come in the form of different textured walls, floorings, textiles, office furniture, and other architectural elements like crown moldings.

Texture may be the last thing you prioritize when you’re designing the office but if you really want a workspace created for optimum efficiency and productivity, then you better start including that on the list. If you need expert help on how to incorporate texture in office design, give us a call here at Solutions Office Interiors.