Decorating a room with texture is like using really really good vanilla in a cupcake. Texture is one of those things you don’t know you’re missing, until you see it somewhere else. You might use a cheap vanilla, and end up with cupcakes that are okay; the same way you might add a bunch of the same color and fabric pillows to your room. They may be comfy enough, but it’s not quite right. As soon as you swap out your basic vanilla to some amazingly delicious vanilla and vanilla beans, your cupcakes are on a new level. As soon as you mix a different fabric, add an area rug or a knit throw in the mix with those generic pillows… you’re onto something, cupcake!
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My favorite ways to decorate with texture are to use area rugs, baskets, layered window treatments, pillows and throws, wood and natural elements, and greenery.
Area Rug (Amazon) | Hyacinth Baskets (Amazon) | Grateful Thankful & Blessed handmade wood sign (Handmade on Amazon) | Eucalyptus bunches (Amazon) | Woven Throw (World Market) | Textured Pillow (Target) | Cotton Wreath (Wayfair) | Bamboo Window Shade (Amazon)
Area rugs are a total obsession of mine. I discuss this openly in the one about my chindi runner. I have rugs everywhere. If I can be candid, there are no signs of slowing down. I’m hunting down a big area rug for the living room, and totally love the one in the collage.
I also am a hoarder of baskets. These are awesome for all the things. I use a big hyacinth basket to hide all my TV boxes, as well as to hold the toys in our Ikea Kallax 16-cubby bookshelf thing. Not to mention, they catch all the random stuff that gets cluttered everywhere else. The texture they bring is beautiful, and the functionality is awesome!
Picks for the Rug & Basket Obsessed:
I have always loved the look of bamboo roll up shades, and want them in all our windows. They add just the right amount of privacy, while still letting the light shine through, and they’re tailored while still looking casual. When you layer them with some textured curtains, your windows get so much cozier. I have a pair of bamboo roll up shades in the living room which you can see in this post, as well as a set of drop cloth curtains (which, are ridiculously easy to make, just ask Lisa about her drop cloth curtains, and their oatmeal color and linen-type is just beautiful in any room. Not to mention, you can use them in a ton of projects. Sarah covered a chair and a sofa, and I stuff my kids’ animals in them).
Pillows and Throws
Adding cozy pillows and throw blankets to a room, is a sure fire and insanely inexpensive way to add instant texture. When you need seasonal change, swap them for other pillows or pillow covers. My favorite way to store blankets is on our blanket ladder we made with pallets, which is a nice way to add texture vertically, rather than laying them along the back of the chair, sofa, or the floor (where ours usually end up when the kids get to them).
Picks for Windows, Pillows, Throws:
NATURAL AND WOOD ELEMENTS
Adding natural elements like our pallet blanket ladder, rustic style wood shelves, hand painted rustic signs, or architectural salvage pieces, warm up the room and give it instant personality and character. The wood grain alone adds a glorious amount of texture, and will balance out a lighter-color room.
Every single room needs some type of greenery in it. I’m still working on adding greenery to all my rooms, but there are a lot of wreaths around here, and lots of rosemary and sage bushes in galvanized buckets floating around. Adding greenery in wreaths, bouquets, sprays, and bunches is a fresh way to get that layer of texture with leaves, and the dimension a room needs.
My picks for Natural Elements & Gorgeous Greens:
How do you decorate with texture? I need to know what your favorite things to layer in your room to get it elevated to “My Room Belongs On HGTV!” status? Let me know on FB, IG, Twitter, or in the comments below!