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How to Use Texture as an Element of Home Decor
Adding interest to a room is a fairly simple task. Color goes a long way to create interest, and so do 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 and subtle ways to create plenty of interest by adding textural accents throughout your home.
1. Use Organic Accessories
Go natural by accessorizing with items like sculptural succulents, handmade artisan ceramics, woven baskets, raw geodes, and wooden spheres to create a tactile and organic look and feel. Bringing nature into your home has popular appeal. Organic elements give a room the feeling of calm, serenity, and a warm welcome.
2. Use Sculptural Wall Decor
The beauty of sculptural wall decor is in the eye of the beholder. Incorporate personalized touches that make a design statement in your home. Metal wall art, macramé wall hangings, and even antique advertising signs can work with a variety of decorating styles such as modern, bohemian, and country.
3. Don't Forget 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.
4. Consider Wood Grain
What has more texture than wood grain? Consider introducing a piece of reclaimed wood furniture or a shiplap wall into your home.
- Salvaged lumber can be used for a fireplace mantel, flooring, and ceiling beams.
- Wood grain tiles are an economical way to get the look of real wood flooring.
- You can even fake the beauty of real wood by using a wood grain painting technique to transform virtually any surface into a warm and cozy space.
5. Focus on Architectural Details
- A 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 and picture molding at waist level or higher.
- Beadboard on the ceiling or installed on the back panel of a bookcase is another way to add depth and dramatic character.
6. Employ Various Upholstery Techniques
Texture can be added not only with fabric, but with different upholstery techniques. Tufted upholstery creates built-in visual texture. If you’re not sure about the look, start by incorporating a small piece like a tufted ottoman. Purchase a pack of nailhead tacks and dress up an uninspired chair. Making a tufted headboard will give your bedroom an elegant look and feel. Pintucked comforters, pillows, and curtains transform flat weave fabric into something magnificent.
7. Use Tile and Masonry
Contrasts between smooth and irregular surfaces give a room a distinct personality. A wall of stacked stone, a glass tile shower, slate floor tiles or weathered brick veneer creates a tactile feel. Other masonry and tile surfaces can add slight tonal variations to make them appear visually textural.
8. Use Wall Coverings
When it comes to wall coverings you might be tempted to go for regular wallpaper which is generally a safe bet. However, textural wallpaper makes everything extra special and adds richness to any room. A new generation of flocked or reflective designs and more casual styles like grasscloth and cork are loaded with character to serve as an interesting departure from ordinary flat wallpaper.
9. Combine 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 decidedly sensuous feel. A natural fiber rug like jute mimics the color of a wood floor and makes it interesting and unexpected underfoot. Silk curtains add a sheen that cotton or synthetic panels just can’t match.
10. Follow Animal Instincts
Distressed leather adds warmth and dimension with its natural texture and uneven grain. Fluffy fur, mink, cowhide, cheetah or Mongolian lamb is the stuff of dreams when it comes to adding texture and interest to boring furniture. Although if you’re a true animal lover go strictly faux.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Linda Chechar
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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on February 07, 2019:
Liz, there are lots of little, inexpensive things to add texture to a room. It makes it relatively easy. Replacing dark to light wood will cost quite a bit but it does change visual texture. Light woods are extremely trendy. I still have quite a few dark furniture pieces but they're going to have to stay around for a while.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 07, 2019:
You give such a comprehensive list of ideas, that there is something to suit a wide range of people. Only today I jave been admiring changes friends are making in their lounge, by gradually replacing dark wood furnishings with lighter wooden furniture.