Welcome to a fun and fabulous month of blog posts. We’re launching January with my very own AA design-ometer. All month we’ll be going through makeover tips to make uninspiring rooms an incredible space to hang out in! Follow all the design-ometer makeover posts here.

Morning, I would like to kick off the week by thanking my fabulous Design Class on Saturday. It was a fabulous day so thank you again.

It was bit of a crazy weekend for G and I with still so much to do before the launch, I actually got up at 3.30 on Saturday morning to work. You know how sometimes you just lay there thinking and I couldn’t stand it any longer so up I got. I did get in two of the best swims yet though at 6.30 both days, I find swimming is really helping clear my head. With very few people there (odd that no?) it was amazing! I’m about to go now so I better speed up this typing, plus the even better thing I haven’t complained about my hip since swimming so I think it is really helping!

Anyways enough about me let’s talk texture! Going back to the design-ometer, texture is essential. Texture ups the visual intrigue in a room and tantalises every single sense. It’s a visual and tactile treat and the best thing – you can never overdose on it. It’s not like colour or pattern or statement pieces, where you always have to try to rein things back and wonder whether it will go with everything that’s already in the scheme. Instead just go for it and add a ton of texture without having to worry you’ve gone too far!

In my bedroom for example I’ve got a heap of different materials intermingling, wood, wool, mud chandelier, softly woven woollen throws, velvet-wrapped bedside table, leather, sheepskins, shiny gold door handles, it’s a riot but it doesn’t feel bonkers. Instead it’s supremely calming and much more exciting than a room that’s too flat and one-dimensional.

You never want all the textures in a room to merge together into one big old nothing. Instead you want to cause friction and put as many different textures in a room as possible. It’s the opposites attract approach so you’ll want to be pitting rough against smooth and super formal glossy surfaces against warmer, nubby textures in order to make the magic happen. Sounds complicated maybe, but it’s actually really straightforward. To get you started, make sure you have at least one of the textures from each of these groups – if you remember rough vs soft vs smooth you’ll have it nailed. There are 3 points up for grabs here, but only if you pick and mix from the different groups. All soft or all smooth textures won’t cut it!

Texture guide


One from each group is just a minimum, but once you get going you can keep adding more and more texture. This is obviously just the beginning and there are endless options to choose from! Texture is completely versatile and will work whatever room or scheme you’re going for. You can get a really different vibe from the same material treated in different ways. So hammered or rusty metal is a rough texture that adds a beaten-up boho edge to a room, but polished and glossy metals are very upstate NYC glam. Oh I should also says that plants and foliage can add oodles of texture. But they’re not in any of the lists above because they don’t belong in one category. They are amazing for adding any type of texture – think of soft, feather ferns, glossy rubber leaf plants or rough branches and cactus.

Right then off for a swim. Have a lovely day, and let me know how many points you’ve been able to add to your room!