7 ways to add texture to your kitchen renovation

kitchen with glass cabinetsThe dizzying array of paint options available on the market today is enough to make any homeowner’s head spin. It’s no easy task to pick out just the right color to give your kitchen that unique pizzazz and set it apart from the rest.

So instead of focusing all your efforts on tone and hue, turn to adding texture to create your own one-of-a-kind look. Here are seven simple ideas to do just that.

1, An old favorite from the ‘70s

The strongest way to introduce new textures to your kitchen during a renovation is on the walls. But where to begin?

A decade ago blatantly textured walls screamed outdated, and anyone who has ever lived in a house with the dreaded “popcorn” ceiling knows all about the headache such textures are for cleaning. But modern texturizing products have vastly improved the process and new technologies eliminate much of what made textured walls faux pas.

2. Like a Rock

Textured stone wall tiles introduce a peaceful and raw element to the heart of your home. Choose from smooth pebbles with irregular edges or more rough looking stones.

To keep this look from dominating the room, apply it on one feature wall only. Consider a wall away from the splatter that usually occurs in the kitchen, but close to where people gather. This effect pairs amazingly well with rustic wood cabinetry.

3. Another dimension

Wall coverings have been updated for the next generation with 3D porcelain wall tiles. The effect is captivating and almost any surface can be recreated with this technique.

From textured flowers or protruding coral to geometric shaped tiles at a variety of different angles, the possibilities are truly endless. But remember—the bolder the design you choose, the easier you should go on the rest of the room.

4. A return to ornate cabinetry

For some time now the trend has been to move away from solid wood cabinets and towards a sleeker, more modern look. But if a classic style is what you’re after, the combination of simple wood cabinets with inlays of thin, rectangular, decorative glass panels can really provide a lot of depth to your kitchen’s feel.

5. Simple, traditional, elegant

A rustic floor can transport your kitchen’s motif back in time. Unglazed Spanish tile works great if the rest of the room features a minimalistic but traditional style.

Smooth slate flooring pairs better with a modern look that features stainless steel appliances and shiny taps.

6. A pair of textured countertop options

Concrete countertops are all the rage, and part of their beauty is the added texture they bring to the room. Polished or not, concrete offers a porous feel that is difficult to emulate.

On the other hand, a wood-top bar is an oldie but goodie for adding a grainy aspect to your kitchen. A large naturally contoured slab looks particularly stunning when your kitchen offers an open plan design out to the living room.

7. Accessories, accessories and more accessories

Not every texture needs to stem from a major upgrade. Think simple. Wooden bowls, knives on a stainless steel magnet board, stones in ornate vases, wicker baskets, copper pots… the list goes on and on.

Beware of overdoing it, however. Texture adds great depth to your space, but if in doubt, err on the side of simple.

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