Eclectic Living Room by Amber Interiors

It’s not the fabulous furniture you’ve chosen and no, it’s not the perfect color you’ve painted your walls.

 
While important, the real secret to achieving warmth and coziness in your home is texture.
 
It’s the subtle interplay of tactile surfaces that gives a room vitality.
 
Texture is about balancing fuzzy and sleek, patterned and plain, shiny and matte, dark and light in furnishings, textiles and finishes.
 
I challenge you to sit on a sofa that has a sheepskin or faux fur throw draped over it and not run your hands through it. It begs to be touched and it’s comforting when you do it.
 
Textures are the visual “feel” of a room and without them the comfort a space should give you is missing. It’s one dimensional—even if you’re not consciously aware of it.
 
This week’s article shows 9 ways to successfully use texture in your home.
 
LAYERS
Transitional Bedroom by Lisa Burdus Interior Design

Pillows, throws, a coverlet all in different textures makes this bed oh so inviting.

 
EXPOSED WALLS
Beach Style Bathroom by Westcott Construction Ltd

A brick wall in an unexpected place like this bathroom gives depth and interest to the space.

Farmhouse Family Room by SALA Architects

In this living room, reclaimed wood boards turn a blank wall into a textured statement.

 
ADD AN EXTRA RUG
Transitional Living Room by Thomas Towne Reavey, Inc.

In this photo, a second rug has been added on top of a neutral-colored one for more color and texture.

 
Note: If there are small children or elderly in your home, consider carefully as layered rugs pose a tripping hazard. Instead, use it as a wall hanging.
 
USE TEXTURAL OBJECTS AS ART
Midcentury Living Room by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Portuguese eel traps have been hung on this fireplace wall. The dark color of the traps contrasts beautifully against the white brick.

 
Rustic Dining Room by Jute Interior Design

For smaller items like these baskets, hang them as a wall collection. They’re complemented by the hanging, textural light pendant.

 
TEXTURED WALLPAPER
Transitional Bedroom by Alexander Pollock Interiors

Always luxurious whether matte or shiny, wallpaper is an elegant way to bring texture into a room.

 
GO PLUSH WITH VELVET
Transitional Living Room by Nanette Wong

This sofa begs you to curl up on it. The dense softness will have you petting it for sure. With a large piece like this, go more hard-edged with other pieces of furniture in the room for contrast.

 
Note: Velvet might not be the best fabric choice if you have a cat. It can become irresistible for its little claws. Life style is always something to be mindful of as it determines your design choices.
 
TEXTURE FROM NATURE
Contemporary Living Room by Steele Street Studios

In this photo, fireplace logs are displayed as sculpture. You get texture plus something practical.

 
Speaking of nature, plants and indoor trees add texture, color, and are health-giving as well.
 
ADD SHEEPSKIN OR FAUX FUR
Scandinavian Dining Room by Callwey

Looking at this dining room, imagine the plain wood chairs without the sheepskin. The room would have a hard look without their comfort and pillow-soft texture inviting you to take a seat and stay awhile.

 
ADD TEXTURE IN YOUR BACKSPLASH
Midcentury Kitchen by Studio Schicketanz
In a kitchen with its many smooth surfaces, the backsplash can be the perfect way to add a three-dimensional and textured surface. Also think of a basket filled with fruit and plants as additional ways to add texture in a kitchen space.
 
There you have it. Just a few ways to add comfort, warmth and richness to all of your rooms. You’ll love your home even more.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ

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