Using Texture to Add Personality to a Room

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When decorating a space, I find that I tend to gravitate towards the same basic colour schematics: neutrals.  One might think that is the basis for a fairly boring room; I agree, it has the potential to be downright dull!  But, there is more to designing a room than merely picking colours that are visually cohesive. 

When designing a space you need to consider TEXTURES! Texture (whether it be visual or tactile) can truly make a room beautiful and unique. So how can you bring in visual texture? The possibilities are truly limitless, but here are a few of my favourites to get you started (and  click here to shop even more of my picks).
You can use wooden planks to add texture to wall or ceiling. (image: Maison de Pax)
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You can use wooden planks to add texture to wall or ceiling. (image: Maison de Pax)

Wall Finishes

I like to start with very basics of the room when decorating.  The walls themselves are often overlooked when debating decorating potential.  Don’t underestimate them! They are quite literally blank canvases, consider adorning them with wainscoting, board and batten, planks and wallpaper. There is so many more options available than the traditional interior paint! 
Consider layering window treatments to achieve a layered visual texture. (Image: Remodelaholic)
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Consider layering window treatments to achieve a layered visual texture. (Image: Remodelaholic)

Window Treatments

When determining a window treatment there are many style options to consider. Once you  have determined the best  style of curtain, you  can choose a material for said curtains. 

If you are looking for a soft texture perhaps  linen or sheer panels 
 would be advisable.  

If you are trying to achieve a heavier more drastic statement,  look into a bamboo,  matchstick, or a bold print drape. Or how about combining and layering textures! 
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Storage Solutions

Storage solutions  are hands-down my favourite way to bring in visual texture.  I am all about function being equal to form!  I love organisation, but that does not mean I am limited to plastic bins.  There are so many different options for  storage  that are gorgeous and can bring in  great  visual  texture. Try using  wood crate, trunks, metal bins or woven baskets.  Any option will  create a different overall look.   So when picking out storage consider the bigger picture and how the material will  look with the rest of the room.
Rugs can help create visual texture in a room
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Rugs can help create visual texture in a room

Rugs

Rugs  are an excellent way to bring warmth and diversity to a room, and they come in countless shapes and sizes to accommodate any room!  There are of course the more traditional wool, and carpet fibre varieties, and  then there are more ornate styles as well, such as 
   bamboo,   sisal,   leather jute and  hemp, just to name a few!  
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Cushions

Cushions are another great way to bring in different materials, shapes and colours, all of which can stimulate visual interest and texture.   For example: if you have a solid leather couch, perhaps try using a  soft cotton blend that gives a pop of colour.  Or, if you have a seating area with a bold pattern try using a solid complimenting colour that has visible fibres, and/or woven patterns!  The general idea is to create a nice contrast, which again creates visual texture.    Here are a few ideas to get  you started. 
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Wall Decor

Traditionally  wall art might described as a piece of art on a wrapped canvas,  or perhaps a hanging family  portrait.  Try and think outside of the box!   Mirrors are often my “go-to” when I am stumped.  They are relatively cheap, and with frame options it is easy to find a suitable style for any space! They also have the added bonus that they create the illusion of space.  But, if mirrors aren’t your thing, consider metal artwork or decorative ledges.
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Accessories

 It is often the small details that can make a room feel complete and cosy. Consider using glass vases, unique frames, books, plants, and throws!  If you have not incorporated a lot of colours or patterns in the room, then accessories is a great way to add them!   Go ahead and try those bolder options that you love but are a little wary of committing to.  Often it is those pops of colour or bolder patterns that give the room dimension!

So, if you are puzzling over what your space is missing, take a look around. Maybe you need some variation in textures to give your space some personality! Go ahead and try it, you will be glad you did. 
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