8+ Ways To Add Texture To Your Kitchen Design

[Cover image – Nordiska Kök]

Are you looking for an effortless way to elevate your kitchen’s design and ambience? Transform your kitchen into a visual and tactile delight by incorporating texture.

Often overlooked, adding texture to your kitchen design can be a great way to infuse depth, warmth, and personality.

In this post, I’ll explain why having texture in your kitchen is important as well as talk through several different ways you can incorporate it into your design.

Let’s get into it!

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Why add texture to a kitchen design?

Adding texture to your kitchen design infuses your space with depth and visual interest. It helps to break up the uniformity of smooth, glossy or flat surfaces and creates a more dynamic environment.

It’s not just about aesthetics though; it’s about feeling. Textures invite a tactile interaction, from the roughness of stone tiles to the warmth of wood grain.

There’s just something so inviting about a textured surface! 😊

Texture can also be a reflection of your personal style. It allows you to stamp your signature on a space, whether it’s through a vintage tile backsplash or a beautifully honed marble countertop.

Ultimately, texture can be a great way to make your kitchen uniquely yours!

Warm and inviting kitchen design with wooden cabinets, limestone countertops and wooden flooring. Giving a good example of texture in a kitchen.
Image – Nordiska Kök

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How To Add Texture To Your Kitchen Design

Enhancing your kitchen design is all about the details, and adding texture is a key element to create depth and interest.

From textured cabinetry details to tactile countertops, each aspect contributes to a kitchen that’s not only visually appealing but also a joy to work in.

I’m not saying you need to add all of these elements into your new kitchen. Far from it, that would be a texture overload!

And a lot of these ideas may not be very practical for a busy family kitchen, giving you more cleaning to worry about.

However, introducing a few choice elements into your design can certainly help elevate its aesthetic appeal and create a kitchen you adore to work in.

Textured Kitchen Cabinet Details

Textured cabinet details can dramatically transform the aesthetic and feel of your kitchen. Consider the elegance of reeded, fluted, or slated cabinet doors and panels.

These textures not only add visual interest but also offer an opportunity to break the monotony of flat cabinet surfaces.

They can be perfect to create some contrast between cabinets across a kitchen, such as a two-tone look by using them on a kitchen island or wall cabinets.

Adding texture into a kitchen design with Textured Kitchen Cabinet Details
Image – Blakes London
  • Reeded Cabinets: These feature narrow, raised strips, creating a linear pattern. This texture adds depth and a tactile dimension to the kitchen, making the cabinets not just visually appealing but also interesting to touch.

  • Fluted Cabinets: Similar to reeded details but often wider, fluted patterns are carved vertically into the cabinet doors. They offer a classic look that plays with light and shadow, giving a sophisticated and dynamic appearance to your kitchen.

  • Slated Cabinet Doors: Slated designs involve thin, horizontal or vertical slats. This style introduces a contemporary and somewhat minimalist texture, offering a sleek and modern appeal. It’s a great choice for those who favour a clean and organized look.

Textured walls in A Kitchen

Transforming your kitchen with textured walls is a great way to add depth and character. Utilizing finishes like limewash or plaster, you can create a tactile and visually engaging space. I particularly like Detale CPH for this type of paint finish.

Textured walls in A Kitchen with lime wash  plaster finish style paint
  • Limewash Finish: Limewash offers a subtly textured, matte look that brings a natural, earthy feel to your kitchen walls. Its unique ability to create variations in colour and texture adds an organic, bespoke charm.

  • Plaster Finish on Walls: Plaster can be applied with varying degrees of texture, from smooth and subtle to rich and rugged.

Textured Countertops

From subtle matte finishes to more pronounced textures like riverbed or volcanic, these surfaces can dramatically enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen.

While these textures can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your kitchen, it’s important to consider their practicality. Textures that are deeply pronounced can be more challenging to clean, as crumbs and spills may settle in the crevices.

It’s essential to balance the aesthetic value with ease of maintenance.

A honed (matte) stone countertop
Image – Nordiska Kök
  • Matte and Honed Finishes: These offer a smooth yet non-glossy surface, providing a contemporary look. They are ideal for those who prefer a more understated style.

  • Riverbed Texture: This involves a more pronounced and tactile texture, reminiscent of the natural erosion seen in a riverbed. It’s perfect for adding an organic and dynamic element to your kitchen.

  • Volcanic Texture: Known for its rugged and irregular surface, a volcanic texture worktop makes a bold statement. It brings an earthy and robust character to the space.

Warmth of Wood Veneer Doors

The use of wood veneer for cabinet doors allows for a showcase of beautiful wood grain details, adding depth and an organic feel to the space.

Running your hand over a wood veneer door, you can feel the texture of the grain, the smoothness or ruggedness of the cut. It’s a wonderful tactile way to bring nature into your kitchen.

A kitchen with rough-sawn Wood Veneer cabinet doors
Image – Roundhouse
  • Wood Grain Finish: One of the most captivating features of wood veneer is the unique grain pattern that each piece offers. From Oak to Walnut, wood grains can range from subtle and elegant to bold and dramatic.

  • Heavy Wooden Textures: For a more rustic and robust look, rough-sawn-cut wood veneers are an excellent choice. They display a more pronounced texture, evoking a sense of raw, natural craftsmanship. This style can particularly complement industrial or country-themed kitchens.

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Flooring Choices

The flooring in a kitchen plays a crucial role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the space.

Various materials can be used to add texture and character, each bringing its unique aesthetic and feel.

Keep in mind, that the choice of flooring should align with your kitchen’s overall style, maintenance preferences, and lifestyle needs.

Your flooring can make a big impact on your kitchen’s look and your cleaning schedule! 🧹

Natural stone flooring adding texture into a kitchen design
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  • Wooden or Engineered Wood Flooring: Wooden floors, whether solid wood or engineered, add warmth and a classic appeal to a kitchen. Engineered wood, in particular, offers the beauty of wood but with increased durability and moisture resistance, making it suitable for kitchen environments.

  • Natural Stone Tile: Stone tiles can offer a luxurious yet lived-in look. Each piece varies in pattern and colour, ensuring a unique floor. Stone is durable and long-lasting but may require regular maintenance to preserve its natural beauty.

  • Concrete Flooring: For a modern, industrial look, concrete floors are an excellent choice. They can be polished for a sleek appearance or textured for added slip resistance and visual interest.

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Mixed Material Countertops

Embracing mixed material countertops in your kitchen design is a creative way to add texture, contrast, and a modern twist.

This approach allows for the combination of contrasting materials, each bringing its unique properties and aesthetic appeal.

They can also allow for functional zoning of the kitchen workspace.

Mixing countertop materials, copper and marble
Image – deVOL
  • Stone with Wood Section: Integrating a section of warm wood with a stone countertop (like granite or quartz) creates a striking balance. The wood adds warmth and a natural touch, ideal for a breakfast bar or dining area, while the stone offers durability and a sleek look for heavy-duty cooking zones. I do this material combination a lot! 👍

  • Marble with Metal Accents: Combining the classic luxury of marble with metal accents, such as copper or stainless steel, results in a countertop that is not only visually stunning but also highly functional. The metal can be used for specific tasks, like hot pots or as an integrated sink, while the marble serves as the primary work surface.

Backsplash Textures

From classic exposed brick to the intricate designs of zellige tiles, a textured backsplash (splashback) offers a unique way to infuse personality and style into your space.

Remember, think about the long-term maintenance of your chosen material versus your lifestyle.

Looking at you, grout lines! 😂

A hand-made tiled backsplash in a kitchen
Image – Nordiska Kök
  • Exposed Brick: For a rustic, industrial, or vintage look, an exposed brick backsplash adds depth and character.

  • Zellige Tiles: On trend right now, Zellige tiles, or tiles inspired by this Moroccan style, are known for their glossy finish and slight imperfections, which give them a handcrafted appeal.

  • Fluted Tiles: Fluted tiles, with their ribbed or grooved texture, bring a modern element to the kitchen adding depth and interest to the space.

  • Subway Tiles with Beveled Edges: A twist on the classic subway tile, those with bevelled edges provide a subtle texture. The angled edges create a soft shadow play, giving a more dynamic look than flat subway tiles.

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Styling with Open Shelves

Open shelving in the kitchen is an opportunity to add texture and personality to your space.

Wooden open shelves, in particular, offer a warm, organic feel and serve as a perfect stage for decorative items that enhance your kitchen’s texture.

Love them or hate them, opening shelving is still very popular and a great option for some!

Adding texture into a kitchen design with floating wooden shelves and accessories
Image – Nordiska Kök
  • Wooden Shelves: The natural grain and colour variations in wooden shelves bring an earthy, warm element to the kitchen. The texture of the wood itself, whether smooth or with a more pronounced grain, adds depth to the kitchen’s design.

  • Decorative Items: The beauty of open shelving lies in the way you style it. Decorative items can range from textured pottery and ceramics to glass jars and woven baskets. These elements add layers of texture and can be a reflection of your style.

  • Greenery: Is it an open shelf if it does;t have a plant on it!? 😂 Adding potted herbs or small indoor plants on the shelves introduces a fresh, vibrant texture. The greenery not only enlivens the space but also brings a touch of nature indoors.

Accessorizing with Texture

Take it a step further from styling your open shelves.

Thoughtful touches like linen tea towels, textured bar stools, rugs, and distinctive kitchen hardware can transform the space into a more lived-in and inviting area.

A warm and inviting classic shaker kitchen design. Dark cabinets, marble countertops and wooden floors.
Image – deVOL
  • Textured Bar Stools: Whether woven, tufted or wood grain, barstools with a texture not only provide seating but also act as decor elements, adding to the layered texture of the space.

  • Lighting Fixtures: Choosing lighting fixtures with texture, such as hammered metal pendants, woven lampshades, or fixtures with frosted glass serve as decorative focal points, adding an extra layer of texture and style.

  • Rugs: A well-placed rug or runner can add warmth and texture, especially in a kitchen with hard flooring. Consider natural materials like jute, sisal, or textured weaves for durability and a natural, earthy look.

  • Kitchen Hardware: Choosing hardware with a patina bronze or brass finish can add a vintage or antique feel, offering a tactile and visual contrast to smoother surfaces in the kitchen. I love a good patina on cabinet handles! 😀

Final Thoughts…

There you have it! How to add texture to your kitchen design.

Incorporating texture into your kitchen design is a wonderful way to add depth and character to your room.

By thoughtfully selecting materials and accessories, you can transform your kitchen into a space that delights both the eyes and the touch.



Michael from

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.