As I look around at my own recent renovation, I realize that I still need to add a few finishing touches to really complete the spaces.  In trying to determine just what’s missing, it occured to me that I need to add more texture!  Textural objects are a great way to add visual interest – think of a smooth leather sofa with woven grass shades behind it or a shiny metal table lamp next to a wool-covered chair.  Mixing textures really helps bring a space to life! 

To that end, I wanted to explore some of the ways you can add textural interest in your life – to your home, at your office, heck even in your car!

 1)  Walls are a great place to add visual interest with texture:

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          Here is a client’s law office where I designed a textured wood wall behind the reception station...

image_dune_bluewindow  Modular Arts-Dune Panels

                       Modular Arts makes textured panels that can be painted to match any décor…

Carnegie-Cue Fabric

                           Fabric wallpapers like the ones from Carnegie are beautiful and inviting…

2)  Selecting textured Furniture is another way to create a focal point in your space:

Arteriors-Elle Cabinet  Cyan-Dragon Stool

Arteriors Home’s alligator-clad cabinet is sleek    This textural “Dragon Stool” from Cyan Design has fabulous      and stylish…                                                                   pattern & movement…

Cyan-Fireplace Screen

                A great fireplace screen from Cyan Design beckons with a simple pattern…

Ikea-Gregor Chair    Pottery Barn-Woven Tuffet

Ikea’s Gregor Desk Chair can add textural interest      A woven seagrass tuffet from Pottery Barn offers an inviting  to your office for a reasonable price…                            side table or extra seating…

3)  Light Fixtures are used to highlight texture -- so if the light fixture itself is textured?   All the better!

Arteriors-Castillo Lamp    Rejuvenation-wildwood-lights

The Castillo Lamp from Arteriors Home is beautiful          The Wildwood wall sconce from Rejuvenation                  and sculptural…                                                                     has a beautiful textured canopy and swirling leaf shade…

4)  A great way to highlight the view is to “frame” it using textured Window Coverings:

Houzz-Destinctive Window Designs-Woven Shades     Pier1-Natural Weave Drapery

 

These woven wood shades provide texture that           These Natural Weave drapery panels from Pier 1 are          can be adjusted as they are raised or lowered…               great for adding texture and pattern…

5)  Bedding is the easiest way to add textural elements to a room.  They’re relatively inexpensive and can be changed out as often as the mood suits…

Pottery Barn-Corinne Pillows    Pottery Barn-Pick Stitch Quilts

          Pottery Barn’s embroidered Corinne pillows & Pick-Stitched quilt are wonderfully touchable…

Kohls-Bedding

               Bedding can serve dual purposes – this pinched-pleat duvet from Kohl’s is beautiful and textural…

6)  And, as promised, I had to include one for the “car lovers” out there…

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These snake and alligator skin seat covers from Season 4 of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” definitely catch the eye.  For added textural detail, be sure to include steel-tread plated flooring & a studded gear shift knob, too!