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How to create texture with throws and duvets

Texture is an important element of interior design that is often forgotten. Your Home and Garden magazine teamed up with two homeowners to demonstrate how to 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.

After showing Simon some pictures of her ideal headboard on Pinterest one morning, Jude arrived home later that day to discover he’d made a beautiful bespoke version. Simon sourced the wood from a neighbour who has a pile of recycled timber in his yard. The battered, mismatched planks bring immediate warmth and texture to the space, grounding and framing the bed and exuding a cool industrial vibe.

Throws and duvets

  • Layer throws at the end of the bed. Team lighter knits with darker ones, and experiment with texture.
  • Linen bed covers create a chic, effortlessly thrown-together look, and are comfortable and breathable. Choose a plain style, then create interest with large Euro pillows, scatter cushions and throws.
  • If your room features lots of rough, matte textures, break up the heavy look by adding a shiny component such as a blown-glass pendant. Ensure there is a theme, however loose: here the light’s brass detail and dark colour tie into the industrial theme.

Ready-made chunky blanket, $559, from Plump & Co; Lawson throw, $129, from Freedom; Maze cushion (dark), $145, from Indie Home Collective; Falun cushion, $139, from Country Road; Monmouth Glass Studio Twist lamp, $650, from Tessuti. All other items, homeowner’s own.

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