Make an Impact with Texture
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.
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The Benefits of Texture
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.
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Texture for Traditional Style
Dress up decor with hand-tufted rugs, woven wools, smooth silks, fabric trims, gilded frames, cut crystal, and polished wood.
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Texture for Country Style
Create inviting interiors with layered rugs, chenille, ticking fabrics, weathered woods, and dimensional artwork.
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Texture for Modern Style
Make an impact with shag rugs, smooth leather, sparse fabrics, light woods, glossy surfaces, and shiny metals.
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Texture for Romantic Style
Charm rooms with hand-hooked rugs, embroidered fabrics, vintage lace, painted furniture and wicker, and flirty ruffles and trims.
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Set the Mood
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.
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Create a Focal Point
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.
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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.
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Let Opposites Attract
Texture makes a big impact when you let opposites attract. Pit smooth against rough, sleek against nubby, and coarse against fine.
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Harmonize a Room
Another approach is to blend textures of similar character to establish a soothing, peaceful scheme. In this living room, naturals, such as the woven shades, linen wallpaper and fabrics, and wicker accents, work together in harmony.
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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.
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Repeat textures to balance a room. Pair a piece of wicker furniture with wicker baskets on a bookshelf across the room. Balance a leather sectional with stacks of leather-bound books. Here, the velvet chair enjoys the company of velvet curtains and a cut-velvet patterned rug.
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Bold, saturated colors make such a strong statement that they are best partnered with sleek, smooth textures that don't compete for attention.
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Transform a Space
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.
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Add Architectural Elements
Molding is a timeless way to add subtle yet interesting texture to walls. In this restful bedroom, linear pieces of molding add texture that complements and soothes.
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Play It Up
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.