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See How Textures Add Contrast and Visual Interest

Kitchen with textured/patterned wall effect

Courtesy of Keystone Kitchen & Bath

Mixing tones and textures can give warmth and visual appeal to any room.

Texture adds contrast and interest to your kitchen surfaces. Think of texture in both tactile and visual terms. The texture of some materials becomes apparent when you feel it. Others have strong patterns or designs that create visual interest. A good design will typically mix three to four textures in the kitchen.

Here's how some products and materials can add texture to the kitchen:



Laminate and solid surface

Smooth tactile texture; visual interest from decorative patterns


Smooth surface with visual interest from granules and patina


Smooth finishes with visual interest from wood grain: maple offers cleanest, less grainy look; cherry has a little more grain; and oak and pine show the most


Unglazed offers rough tactile texture, while glazed will be smooth; visual interest comes from patterns and cut


Generally smooth to the touch but visual interest from pits and discolorations

Stainless steel

Smooth feel with sleek visual interest

Vinyl and linoleum

Smooth surfaces with visual interest from decorative patterns

Architectural details

Both tactile and visual texture from materials such as pressed metal, plaster, exposed brick and concrete, and exposed beams and rafters

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