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5 Tips for Adding Texture to Your Kitchen

May 31, 2016 | by Carrie

Cabinets? Check!

Countertops? Check!

Appliances? Check!

Color Scheme? Check!

Texture? Texture? Hey! Did anyone think about texture?

The Importance of Texture in Kitchen Design

If you're not careful, you can wind up with a whole lot of "shiny-and-smooth" kitchen features, without any textures to balance it all. Even modern kitchen designs, which are known for their sleek and streamlined finishes, can wind up looking flat if texture isn't added to the mix.

Texture helps to add depth and interest to interior designs, and it's an especially crucial element if your design palette lends itself to the all-white or monochromatic end of things.

Here are a handful ideas for adding texture in your upcoming kitchen remodel, to make sure you keep things interesting.

1. Mix Up the Elements

We mean this literally. There are a wide range of natural and manufactured elements you can incorporate into your design, like wood, stone, metal and glass. Use a combination of these and your kitchen will gain an automatic "surface lift." Our Frosty White New England Kitchen is a texture-rich example. Look how well that brick fireplace column, beautiful natural wood window trim and flooring, and stainless steel appliances work together. Even without a whole lot of color, the space is anything but boring.

Texture-rich kitchen design

2. Use Patterns

Even if the patterns are created from similar finish tiles, they still provide the visual impression of relief, dimension and texture. For example, take a look at the backsplash in this Darlington's Gray Kitchen. In truth, the tiles are smooth and shiny, just like the countertops, cabinet finish and appliances. Even so, with the use of smaller tiles (creating more lines and depth between tiles and grout) and a multi-colored pattern, the backsplash has a textured look.

Textured backsplash

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3. Distressed or Glazed Finishes

Anytime you add a distressed or glazed finish to cabinets, you gain instant textural appeal. Distressed cabinets are a more dramatic example of this, with the varying colors and heavy brush strokes yielding almost a faux-wood appearance. However, even a very gentle glaze will add a bit of dimension, and will help any cabinet details and edges to rise up a bit from their one-dimensional faces. Take a peek into the Breckenridge Light Kitchen. A warm walnut glaze makes the panels on the expanse of white cabinetry jump out a bit. Their backsplash tile and floor tile accents provide additional layers of textural appeal.

Warm Walnut Glazed Cabinets

4. Beadboard Panels

Are you planning on installing a peninsula or island with a raised bar? Consider adding beadboard panels on the side that's visible from the adjacent living space(s). It's an attractive finish piece that ads texture on a surface that is typically flat and boring. You can see the difference it makes in our Secret Maple Harvest Kitchen. That design is another example of how texture keeps things interesting; note the backsplash tile pattern, the wrought iron bar seats and the dentil crown moulding at the top of the cabinets.

Add Beadboard Panels to Create Texture in the Kitchen

5. Details, details details

If you are planning a traditional kitchen design, your texture is all in the details. By details, we mean the corbels, legs and feet, appliques, fluting and other exciting trim pieces you can add to your furniture-style cabinetry.

Lighter-colored Kitchen Island

You can see a wide range of these detail examples in this White Walnut Island in Cordovan. There are raised details everywhere, and they make a stunning artistic impression, as does the lighter-colored island paint, which balances out the heaviness of darker cabinets and ornate woodwork.

Feel like your kitchen design may be a little too one-dimensional for comfort? Come on by the Kitchen Magic showroom to discuss your textured options.

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