How To Decorate with Textures

Does your space need a little something, but you can’t put your finger on exactly what that “something” is? Take a look around. Does the combination of the flooring, walls and furniture seem a bit flat, stark, too monochromatic, or full of the same materials? Designers know a simple secret that turns any home from blah to brilliant, and it doesn’t require a lot of money or skill: Psst! Decorate with textures.

Using texture in a room creates interest and makes the space more inviting in general. Even though you may love an all-white living room, for example, you can add a couple of fur pillows, fabric wall hangings, or a capiz decorative bowl to add style and dimension that may have been previously missing. We’ve got a few suggestions for quick ways to update your surroundings with textured pieces.

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Get this Look: Ashford Bar (arriving late August) | White And Gold Woven Wall HangingFull Moon Fringe Wall Hanging |Large Gray Planter With Brass Stand | Brushed Gold Metal Contemporary Pillar Candleholder | Natural Stacked Wood Tealight Candleholder | Small Brass Planters

Fun with Fur

A luxe, fun way to texturize a sleek seating area is to drape it in fur. Choose a fluffy Mongolian fur blanket or oversized pillow to add softness. Or layer faux fur throw pillows in complementary hues but contrasting textures on a sofa and see how they work together.

Get this Look: Honey Rattan Daybed | Ivory And Peach Triangle Shag Throw Pillow | Ivory Moroccan Throw Pillow | White Mongolian Sheepskin Area Rug | Ivory Mongolian Faux Fur Bean Bag Chair | Wood Bead Plant Hanger | Round White Capiz Accent Table | Black Brass Beaded Macrame Plant Hanger | Natural Macrame Tiered Hanging Tealight Candleholder | Ivory Macrame Tiered Hanging Tealight Candleholder

Macrame & Fabrics

The art of macrame was popularized in the ’60s and ’70s and is back in a big way. Try hanging a piece of macrame art on the wall in your entry way, above a sleek, midcentury sideboard or to hold a potted plant. If ’70s decor isn’t your thing, find pillows or a throw in a woven pattern that you love, and try sprucing up your plain chairs and sofas!

Get this Look: Malawi Wicker Chair | Oatmeal And Ivory Embroidered Garden Throw Pillow | Blush And White Fringe Woven Wall Hanging | Large Natural Seagrass Haven Basket With White Macrame

Style from the Sea: Capiz

We’re loving the elegant iridescence of capiz shells used in decor and furniture. This trend has returned from the ’60s and is updated for the present in lighting, art and furniture. If your room is looking a bit matte and dull, all it takes is some shimmery strands of capiz to add light and shine.

Get this Look: Round White Capiz Coffee Table | Capiz Shell Framed Wall Art

Multi-Use Metals

To balance out a space that contains a lot of woods and fabrics, adding a few metal pieces is a great way to go. Choose warm brass planters or candleholders on a wooden table, or add silver figurines or galvanized metal mirrors and wall art to brighten up a white room.

Get this Look: Brushed Gold Metal Contemporary Pillar Candleholder | Taylor Glass Decanter

Warm It Up with Wood

Wood is a great way to jazz up a room with a tile or carpeted floor. A beaded wooden lamp or a carved piece of art can add a boho touch, while a sleek mahogany cabinet makes an already textured space seem richer.

Get this Look: Natural Teak Wood Bowls | Whitewash Wood Draped Bead 4 Light Chandelier

Earthy Rattan

Sturdy, natural rattan furniture has made a major comeback recently. A material that fares just as well indoors as outdoors, rattan pieces are a great way to decorate with textures and practically beg to be accessorized with a plush blanket or woven pillows—and a furry cat or dog always helps!

Get this Look: Natural Rattan Willis Wingback Chair | Large Natural Seagrass Haven Basket With White Macrame | White Mongolian Sheepskin Area Rug | Natural Rattan Table Lamp Shade | Jade Green Ombre Glass Table Lamp Base | Driftwood Cristela Desk | Marble And Gold Metal Maxwell Pencil Cup

Decorate with Textures: Your Turn

What about you? What kind of furniture, decor pieces and tchtotchkes have you used in your home to create texture while still maintaining your personal style? Let us know!

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