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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.
Use texture to achieve Country Style: Create inviting interiors with layered rugs, chenille, ticking fabrics, weathered woods, and dimensional artwork.
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 woven 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. The sleek, stained finish of this stately bed is more interesting thanks to its woven insets, while the metal stacking tables make a bold statement against the linen chairs. A metal-and-glass mirror nestled between the soft drapes reflects the textural contrasts around the 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.
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.
Change the look of neutral furniture by surrounding them with textures. These slipcovered chairs, wooden coffee table, and ornate armchair feel casual and rustic against the stone wall and sisal rug. The same pieces set against glossy walls and a smooth wood floor would feel more formal.
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.
Bold, saturated colors make such a strong statement that they are best partnered with sleek, smooth textures that don't compete for attention. Try acrylic tables, ceramic lamps, and a dense rug with a hot- pink-and-chocolate-brown scheme.
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.
Too much texture can clutter a space and dilute the effect, so be careful not to overdo. A neutral color scheme in this dining room keeps the textural elements -- the rug, wall molding, weathered table, and upholstery nailheads -- in check.
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.