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Color and pattern definitely make a statement. Texture may not be as obvious, but the impact can be just as dramatic. Make conscious choices about how and where you add texture and your decor will thank you.
Texture adds dimension to a room. It appeals to our senses -- both visual and tactile -- which makes the room interesting. You can add texture on the floor with a rug, on the walls with a paint finish or a piece of art, in the room with a carved wooden table or a stone fireplace, and anywhere you use fabrics.
Texture for Country Style
Create inviting interiors with layered rugs, chenille, ticking fabrics, weathered woods, and dimensional artwork.
Texture for Modern Style
Make an impact with shag rugs, smooth leather, sparse fabrics, light woods, glossy surfaces, and shiny metals.
In addition to establishing style, you can use texture to create ambience. Choose soft, fine fabrics and embellished furniture for a feminine mood; use rustic metals and rich woods for a masculine feel. Silky pillows and velvet slipcovers make a space more formal, while denim slipcovers and corduroy pillows add an everyday comfy vibe.
Every room needs a focal point from which to build its design. The item becomes a focal point because of its size, color, or unique design or shape. Texture also can make a piece noteworthy, such as this eye-catching lattice table.
While color and pattern produce dramatic effects just by stepping into a room, texture demands a closer look. Combine a mix of textures in a concentrated area -- such as fabric trims on sofa pillows or a blend of glass, ceramic, and linen on the dining table -- to invite people to come closer, touch and feel, and instantly gather together.
Texture makes a big impact when you let opposites attract. Pit smooth against rough, sleek against nubby, and coarse against fine.
Texture doesn't have to be felt to be sensed. Painted patterns, such as this ornate stenciling, give the visual effect of texture even though it is created with flat paint.
Bold, saturated colors make such a strong statement that they are best partnered with sleek, smooth textures that don't compete for attention.
Texture can have a strong influence. Use it to achieve the look you want despite the surroundings. Exposed brick walls, concrete ceilings, and visible plumbing drive a modern, industrial look in this loft. The strategic use of selected textures, such as warm woods and woven textiles, guide the home to a more soothing, classic feel.
Have fun with texture. Energize a boring room by adding texture that draws attention. These unique metal chairs and interesting table transform a pleasant, everyday space into a conversation starter.