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Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Spruce Up Your Home Using Textures

What makes for a well-designed space? Expertly-crafted furniture, gorgeous accessories, complementary colors, and the right lighting are a great start. But there’s another step to add dimension to the spaces in your home—texture.

If all the items in a room are the same texture, it’s flat. Different textures, like wood, velvet, different textiles, create movement. Textures create variety within a space, drawing the eye in, but also creating comfort. The key to texture within any room is balance, using it in the right amount so as not to overwhelm the viewer. Find how much texture you like within the space, whether it’s a few fluffy pillows, or a combination of different textiles, plants, and wood.

So how do you add texture to a space? We’ve got a few ideas:


You can find rugs in a variety of textures, from woven creations to cowhides, that complement the design of a room. Rugs can help draw different elements together, so pick a rug that either fits with the color scheme or aesthetic of other elements from the room or is neutral.


Textiles are the most commonly-added decorative textures for home spaces. You can use pillows, bedding, tablecloths, and throw blankets to add depth. Mix textiles with different fabrics, thicknesses, and colors to achieve a comfortable look for your home. Since these items are relatively easy to move around and replace, you’ll have plenty of room to experiment.


While many people don’t think of plants when they’re thinking about adding texture, they’re a fantastic addition to your home. Plants purify the air and can improve your mood. Place your plants in the bathroom, bedroom, and your living room to freshen the air and create a natural feel.

Baskets and Woven Accessories

Use a variety of baskets bunched-up in your living room to create a textural explosion. You can find inexpensive baskets at discount stores, flea markets, and yard sales. Add painted-on color and patterns to your baskets for an intriguing twist.

Wooden and Rough Furniture

Rustic wooden pieces, such as a dining table with a live-edge table top, provide a wonderful way to use furniture to add texture. Materials such as velvet and mismatched chairs can also help to personalize a room. Consider an antique chest or set of drawers for another unique touch.

Texture as Art

If you find the idea of adding new textures scary, putting a small amount in a frame in the form of textile samples can help you get used to the idea. You’ll still be adding texture to your space, and your friends will love your creativity.

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