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How to Add Texture to a Room

Looking to spruce up your home design? Consider texture, which gives a space visual interest. Instead of slipping from one wall to the next, over the smooth, barely-there furniture and matching floor, texture invites the eyes to stop and reflect.

There are many ways to add texture to a room, and it can be easy. Here are four suggestions to get you started.

Textured window treatments: Foliage-patterned drapery hangs on either side of three windows, which are also covered by cellular (honeycomb) shades). In the foreground, a grand piano commands attention next to a pea-green velvet couch and ottoman topped with bright red square pillows.

Layer Window Treatments

Well, we wouldn't be a window treatment company if we didn't cover this, would we?

You can layer drapery with any of the other window treatments. Woven wood, pleated, and honeycomb shades all have a more organic texture characterized by harder lines. The same goes for blinds, which come in metal, wood, and composite wood options.

Left: Light illuminates a textured stone wall. A single, small white lamp is mounted diagonally above a painting. A brick arch entry is to the right and two teal-colored pieces of furniture sit against the wall. Right: A velvet emerald couch is the star of the room, with a wood coffee table and ruby red ottoman sitting near by. Leafy, large green plants complete the background.
Left: Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels / Right: Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels

Texture Your Walls

Wall paper is an easy way to add some texture. Vinyl and grasscloth appear to be the more popular materials, but that doesn't mean you lack options. Vinyl comes in all sorts of textured patterns, from rough-hewn wood to intricate tiling and poplin. Grasscloths lends at once the earthiness its name suggests, as well as visual depth.

Mix Materials

Get creative with the furniture and furnishings. If, for example, a desk or a console has a smooth finish, consider topping it with more organic forms. This can include (dried) plants, rattan, clay, other woven materials and pieces, anything with raises and ridges that add a little unevenness.

Throw pom-pom pillows on a couch, use linen sheets, hang some 3D artwork on the walls, try a rough-hewn wood finish. Type in "textured home decor" into Etsy and boundless options will meet you.

Left: Minimalist, white-walled room featuring a fluffy rug on the hardwood floors and a wood ladder propped up against the wall. A cozy white and grey striped blanket hangs on the top rung.
Left: Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels / Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

Layer Rugs

Yes, yes, you can put not one, but TWO (maybe three?) rugs on top of each other. No one said you can only have one rug.

Throw down a rougher rug (jute or bamboo) followed by one with a smoother finish (silk if you feel fancy; try woven leather or sheepskin if you're feeling realllllllllly fancy).

There you have it! Some of our tips to add some texture to your home/room/space and spice up your home interior design. Do you have a favorite decorating hack? Tell us in the comments below!

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