4 Ways To Add Dimension to Your Room with Texture

Midcentury Living Room
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Designing a room is like a balancing act.  Line, shape, form, space, color, value, texture: all of these elements work together to create a cohesive design.  It’s easy to consider the shape and color of the various pieces you include in a room, but when you throw some texture into the mix you really make the room sing.  Here are four ways to bring in some texture and add depth to a space.


Midcentury in Del Mar
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Midcentury houses abound with naturally beautiful brick fireplaces, stone walls, and wood paneling.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with these textural elements, then draw attention to them with graphic wall art or even bright glass or pottery against your brick fireplace.  But what if your home lacks these textural details?  Never fear!  You can add some texture with wallpaper.  Choose one wall to attract attention, but not overwhelm the space.  Most wallpaper manufacturers have vivid, textural midcentury inspired patterns that will be the perfect accent.


Berkeley Hills House
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Hardwood and tile provide their own natural texture and make open spaces feel even larger.  To define different areas of your space for relaxing or dining, look to soft, textural area rugs.  Classic midcentury rugs range from white shag to colorful geometric shapes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style.



Mid-century Long Beach
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Textures are easy to mix with furniture.  Look to leather, wood, glass, plastic, fiberglass and upholstery to enhance your space with different textures.  For example, combine an upholstered couch with a leather and wood lounge chair with a molded fiberglass Eames rocker and a wood and glass coffee table.  



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Pillows and throw blankets add the finishing touches to a well rounded room.  That’s especially true when you have a furniture set that has matching textures.  Bright, textural pillows and soft, shaggy throws bring a variety of textures to your space.  Plus, they’re easy and inexpensive to change out if your style changes.

Nicole Hodsdon
Nicole Hodsdon