Adding Texture to Your Rooms

A living room with a grey couch and yellow accents featuring texture.

Do you ever look at the rooms in your home and wonder why they seem so flat?  Have you tried certain decorating techniques and wondered why they didn’t look like the rooms in the magazines?  Consider texture, an element of design that is often overlooked when selecting furniture, textiles and accessories.  Here are a few ways to add texture to your rooms to achieve a full, more dimensional look.

A living room with blue walls and a cowhide rug that adds texture to the space.
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A living room with red couches showcasing texture.

Mix up upholstered pieces.  Don’t just use one type of fabric on all sofas and chairs.  Use a variety of fabrics, such as leather, suede, wool and cotton.  If you have an ultra-suede sofa, pair it with chairs in leather and cotton.  Use toss pillows and throws as accents.  Faux animal hide pairs well with leather and wool or cotton pillows will enhance ultra-suede.  In the winter, use faux fur or thick knobby knitted throws on the sofa, in chairs and draped over ottomans.

A black and white living room with textured couch and coffee table.
A living room with a large painting on the wall, featuring textured brushstrokes.

Wood adds character, depth and texture to a room.  Smooth, polished surfaces contrasted with rustic natural wood creates visual tension and breaks up the space, taking texture to a more interesting level.  Add pieces of wicker or rattan for added interest.

A living room with a large textured painting on the wall.
A living room with a textured tv on the wall.
A living room with textured wicker furniture and a coffee table.

Wall treatments envelop a room in texture and make the space warm and inviting.  Wood and stone are natural textures that work well in a variety of design styles.  A stone surround on the fireplace, wood beams on the ceiling, wainscoting and specialized wall treatments all factor into the texture quotient of a room.

A living room with a textured stone wall and a cozy fireplace.
A living room with white furniture and a textured fireplace.
A living room with a textured wooden wall.

Accessories are a great way to add texture to a room.  When selecting accessories, consider nature-inspired plants, wood and stone.  Carved pieces balanced against smooth glass or textured glass paired with sleek silver frames all contribute to texture in the room.

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A textured red vase sits on a white table in a living room.
A vase filled with colorful ornaments and a lamp on a table, showcasing texture.
Three wooden balls in a wooden bowl showcase texture.

Rugs add instant texture.  Faux fur, sisal and woven rugs give rooms a lift.  Area rugs can be placed over carpeting as well as on solid surface flooring for added depth.  Enhance aged hardwood or stone floors with area rugs as well.

A living room with textured bookshelves and a white couch.
A living room with textured couches, chairs and a coffee table.

Textiles add texture to a room as well.  When dressing windows, layer using shades underneath fabric panels.  To add additional texture, apply decorative trim to window panels.  Tassels, beads and flat trims add a nice finishing touch to window treatments.

A blue couch with a velvet texture in a living room.
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A pair of textured roman shades with beads.
A plaid curtain with tassels showcasing texture.

Bringing texture into a room is all about variety.  Mix the smooth with the rough to achieve a balanced and dimensional room that never falls flat.

A living room with a leather couch and a textured coffee table.


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