10 Ways to Add Interest to a Room With Texture


Adding interest to a room is a fairly simple task. Color goes a long way to create interest. So does unique artwork, patterned fabrics and dramatic lighting. But what if you tend to shy away from color and anything that’s too trendy or bold? Fortunately for you, there are sneaky ways to create plenty of interest by adding textural accents throughout your room.

Organic accessories: Go natural by accessorizing with items like succulents, baskets, geodes and wooden spheres to create a tactile and organic look and feel.

Sculptural wall décor:  Metal wall art, macramé wall hangings and even antique advertising signs will work with a variety of decorating styles like modern, bohemian and country.

Pillows and throws: Add comfort and interest by layering pillows and throws. Decorative pillows come in a myriad of weaves and naps to make your spaces come alive with touchable textures. Sumptuous throws help keep us warm in the winter but also look stunning draped over a chair or across the foot of the bed.

Wood grain: What has more texture than wood grain? Consider introducing a piece of reclaimed wood furniture or a shiplap wall into your space. Wood grain tiles are an economical way to get the look of real wood flooring. Faux bois painting can transform virtually any surface into a wood-like finish.

Architectural detail: Simple crown molding is an understated textural element that will take your room to the next level. Give plain old white walls dimension and texture by adding wainscoting at waist level or higher. Beadboard on the ceiling or as the back panel of a bookcase is another way to add traditional architectural interest.

Upholstery techniques:
Texture can come from other sources than the fabric itself. Tufted upholstery creates built-in visual texture. If you’re not sure about the look, start by purchasing a small piece like a tufted ottoman. Purchase a pack of nailhead tacks and dress up an uninspired chair. Pintucked comforters, pillows and curtains transform flat weave fabric into something magnificent.

Tile or masonry: Contrasts between smooth and rough surfaces give a room personality. A wall of stacked stone, glass tile shower surround, slate floor tiles or an weather brick veneer backsplash adds interest. The slight surface and tonal variations make each one of these examples highly textural.

Wall coverings: Wallpaper is the new paint. A new generation of flocked or reflective designs and more casual styles like grasscloth or cork are loaded with texture and serve as an interesting departure from ordinary flat wallpaper.

Textiles: Use a combination of textiles to give your room a curated feel. Velvet upholstery is not only beautiful to look at but has a distinctly sensuous feel. A natural fiber rug like jute can mimic the color of a wood floor but makes it interesting and unexpected underfoot. Silk curtains add a sheen that cotton or synthetic panels just can’t match.

Animal instincts: Distressed leather adds warmth and dimension with its natural texture and uneven grain. Fluffy fur, whether mink, cowhide, cheetah or Mongolian lamb, is the stuff of dreams when it comes to adding texture and interest to boring furniture. If you’re a true animal lover, go strictly faux.
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