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How to create texture with rugs and drapes

Texture is an important element of interior design that is often forgotten. Your Home and Garden magazine teamed up with two homeowners to show how you can create a chic, cosy interior using layers of lovely texture


Simon and Jude Woodward have spent the past two years respectfully renovating a rundown 1885 worker’s cottage in Hobsonville. The now-gorgeous home features beautiful textures which add warmth to the space, along with plenty of unadorned timber.

Simon made the coffee table (pictured above) out of jarrah railway sleepers, protected with a high-gloss lacquer finish. The wood’s beautiful knots, nail holes and weathering echo the home’s long history. Simon and Jude love displaying collections of books and treasured items on coffee tables and furniture, so their home looks unique and tells a personal story about them.


  • Layering is key in winter, and you can layer rugs to create interest at floor level, as well as separate zones. Choose a lighter, more natural rug as the base, then add a patterned one on top.
  • Change the top rug to suit the season and any change in your home’s colour palette.
  • Furs and hides on the floor or draped over furniture add another textural element and create a luxe look.




  • Linen curtains are lightweight and create a lovely modern-casual look. Use a lighter or white shade as the base, then layer another colour on top.
  • Hang curtains as high as you can, and let them puddle slightly on the floor to create a cosy space, rather than falling short.
  • Layer curtains – the contrast of textures makes a room feel cosy and warm. Choose a heavier fabric at the back to block light, with a sheer to diffuse light during the day.


Get the look

Vintage Tatari runner (top picture), $280, from Siggada Kilims; white linen curtain, POA, and grey-blue curtain, POA, both from Freedom; Diamond Weave chair, $625, from Indie Home Collective; Petje cushion (bottom picture), $89.90, from Country Road; plant and planter from The Botanist. All other items, home owners own.

Styling by: Catherine Wilkinson and Shani Luckman. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.