Texture and Pattern: A Forefront of Every Interior Designer

rendered living room with texture and pattern
A rendered room that features texture and pattern. Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Do you ever look into a room and feel something is missing? All of the components of a well-designed space is present – color scheme, furniture, decor items, functionality – however, the room just feels flat. If this scenario feels familiar, good news! You are not alone. Tokyo Grand Renovation might just have the answer you need: texture and pattern. 

When having your space designed, there are certain interior design elements that take precedent. Usually, people think about the big things on embarking a new design project like what furniture pieces to buy. Focusing on the overarching design decisions can run the risk of a room looking flat and lacking warmth.

Joan Ting, an Australian designer who partnered with Japanese master craftsmen for her furniture company, shares her thoughts regarding the strong cultural influence in an interview by Domain media: “The Japanese are well known for their dedication to their craft, and consumers are assured of the quality and the thought process that has been put into producing these Japanese pieces.

Interior designers are trained to always look at the room as a whole and one area they give as much attention to as possible is texture and pattern. Tokyo Grand Renovation believes will bring the decor of a room together and is a powerful finishing tool when redecorating.

neutral texture and pattern
When you want to shy away from bold and colorful patterns, texture is your best friend. Neutral is never boring when a variety of textures are used. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.


In interior design, texture is often defined as, “the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.” Basically, how things feel. A perfect example is squishing soft carpet between your toes, running your hand along a rough wooden tabletop, or sinking down into leather couch cushions.

Pattern relates to the repetition of a graphic motif on a material whether smooth or textured. Wallpapers are one type of smooth surface commonly decorated with a pattern, such as palm trees. Stripes, plaids, and polka dots are examples of patterns.


Aside from signature furniture pieces and luxury items surrounding the Japanese elite homes, what covers their walls from the inside out resonate the same amount of extravagance

colorful home with texture and pattern
Texture and pattern can be heavily seen in this colorful home. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

12 Tips to Help You Use Texture and Pattern in Your Home

  • Don’t underestimate the power of texture and pattern, both have an important role in drawing the elements of a room together and making it appear welcoming.  Be careful to ensure that the ‘visual weight’ of these elements is balanced.

  • Because of the strong associations that we have with materials, textures and patterns can be used to make a space appropriate for a particular purpose or for an individual.

  • Light will affect texture: direct light will enhance it, whereas diffused light will detract from it.  Every texture also reflects light differently, so use shiny reflective textures where more light is needed and darker, more absorbent textures where the light level is too high.

  • Infants and children are constantly searching for new visual stimuli to learn more about the world. Cater to this interest by including stimulating patterns and textures in the rooms where they sleep and play.
  • High-contrast, visually stimulating patterns can be disorientating, so use them subtly in your interior.

  • Choosing a pattern for an interior is the most instant way of ‘buying into’ a given style.  An initial selection of fabric or wallpaper can even provide the color, design and style basis for the whole room.


a classic home filled wth texture and pattern
The proper use of texture and pattern can be seen in this home. The flooring appears to be bigger due to the pattern. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.
  • Choose wallpapers and fabrics with a vertical design emphasis to give an impression of more height. Use horizontal textures across the short length of a room to draw the eye across and increase the length of the space.
  • Non-geometric patterned wallpaper will provide good camouflage for walls with surface irregularities.
  • Heavily patterned designs have a tendency to advance towards the observer, whereas less dense patterns will not be as powerful.
  • Use texture and pattern to create areas of interest to guide the eye to particular focal points.

Whether you choose a throw rug to warm up your bedroom room or a wooden coffee table to bring life to your living space, the importance of texture and pattern is clear. It completes the room.

Texture and pattern is the component that helps elevate your interiors to the next level. Don’t be afraid of it in your own interiors. Instead, use it to create interiors that feel fit for a magazine.

Dreaming of having a refreshed, refurbished condo unit? Give it a timeless, positive look with Japanese interior design.  

Tokyo Grand Renovation transforms residential and commercial spaces alike to have functional and splendid interiors. A Japanese luxury design and build firm in Makati, TGR reconstructs and remodels the plain and simple to a finer minimalist, wrapped in sophisticated touch.

For inquiries, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 832 16 76, or send an e-mail at  info@tgr.com.ph.

TGRはマカティの高級インテリアデザイン、リノベーション、会社です。TGRは 住宅および商業 スペースの為のデザインと建築を提供 し ております。お問い合わせは 、02832 1676 にお電話いただくか、 電子メール info@tgr.com.ph へ送信 お願いします。


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