Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Adding Texture to Your Decor

Image: Laurie Flower

A new spring design trend that adds depth, dimension and that, for us, is particularly fitting.

If you are thinking of adding a little bit of pep to your next design project, instead of reaching for new color options, add some texture. If your home is seeming a bit one dimensional, add a little bit of texture for some eye-popping results.

Here are some of our favorite ways to add texture to your home.

1. Shag Rugs and other Fur

A rug with a longer pile, such as shag, can add a diverse texture to a room that may otherwise lack softness. Designs with straight lines and hard angles can be easily softened and diversified with a little bit of fluffy shag. Flokati rugs can even be used in other parts of your room for added texture, such as a throw for your sofa in the winter.

Surya Mila Collection Shag Rug in Ivory

Image: Homed It

2. Grains

No, not the whole kind, but the wood kind. Wood grain naturally textured exposing the beauty of nature.

Wood Grain Walls
Image: Apartment Therapy

3. Reflective Surfaces

From a high gloss shine to floor length mirrors, reflective surfaces not only make a room appear larger, they can add more depth and texture to even the dullest of spaces.

Image: Apartment Therapy

4. Wallpaper and Stenciling

Textured wallpaper such as grasscloth or silk introduces wall to wall texture. Stenciling can add the illusion of texture and depth, even when it doesn't exist.

In the image below, we love the contrast of the stenciled wall with the rough wood grain.

Image: BHG

5. Tufting

It's amazing how much depth and variation a tufted sofa, pillow, throw or comforter can add to a room. Pure fluff. Literally.

Image: Apartment Therapy

6. Layering

Rug layering adds multiple layers of textures to your floors. The floor layer, a textured base layers such as jute or sisal, and a smaller, more creative layer such as a hide rug, Three completely different textures for your floor decor.

Image: Decor Chick

7. Jute 

Speaking of jute, we just love it. It's natural textured appearance adds dimensionality to your floors. Even when it mirrors the colors of your floor, it creates a hand woven, intricate backdrop upon which to build the decor in your room.

Anji Mountain Natural Fiber Jute Collection

8. Art

Your favorite pieces of art may just be the perfect textural dimension, particularly when the art piece uses texture as its defining characteristic. A little bit of art may be all you need.

Wire Wall Art
Image: Decorismo

9. Opposing Textures and Texture Repetition

Try creating a battle of the textures (smooth and rough or fluffy and hard) for unique, eclectic, textured layer look. You might even try repeating certain textures in a variety of formats, such as pintucked comforters and tufted sofas.

Smooth vs. Coarse Combined with Textured Throw Pillows and a Flat Weave Rug
Image: BHG

10. Playfulness

Perhaps you have a few playful pieces that just can't be labeled as a particular style, but can stand on their own creating a textural nuance. Have fun with your space and inventing a variety of textures that is all you.

The Chairs Introduce a Playful Element to the Room
 Image: BHG

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