Scared of Going Bold With Color? Try Adding Lots of Texture Instead

If color and pattern are too much of a commitment for you, take a look at this eclectic living room that's punctuated by texture.

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Subtle Ways to Integrate Color

Comfortable, casual and lived-in, this '60s-era ranch home is packed with architectural interest and the creature comforts of a well-traveled family. In order to keep the space open and airy, it was decorated with a collected look and a strong emphasis on texture.

Global Patterns

Just a small touch of pattern in an otherwise understated room can instantly add character. This Indian pillow has a handmade look thanks to the silver metallic hand silhouette and beaded detail.

Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling

Ceilings offer an opportunity to play with texture in many ways, like this tongue-and-groove wood plank system which is installed similar to hardwood floors. This is also a great idea for boxy living rooms lacking in character.

Sculptural Elements

In an understated space, it's important to consider the sculptural qualities of objects. To keep the room feeling well curated and packed with depth, each item has a distinctly different shape. These faux horns add an organic touch while the plant and ceramic pot adds life with a handmade touch.

Colorful Drapery

Add softness and a touch of muted color to your living room with drapery panels. To keep the window dressing from feeling flat, choose linen-blend drapery panels with nubby texture. For a designer look, these ready-made drapery panels were installed three panels deep between each window of the living room.

Textured Art

If you have a collection of treasured pieces and vintage furniture, showcase the pieces' texture against bright, white walls. Since the original mid-century modern ceilings are meant to be the room's focal point, the white walls help enhance this feature rather than detract from it.

Carved Wood

Bring a bohemian vibe to your space with hand-carved occasional tables. Five carved tables were arranged in the center of the room for a mismatched look that offers ample seating for guests, as well as extra serving space.

Woven Jute

Consider how underfoot surfaces contribute to a room's decorative qualities. If you have a busy family and a living room known for high traffic, try a woven jute rug to introduce rich, organic texture with durable, forgiving properties.

Antiques With Character

What truly makes a home unique is personality brought to each room with interesting objects. This vintage icebox was retrofitted as concealed storage and is displayed along a striped wall in the living room to add style in a practical manner.

Rich Wood Doors

Doors offer another chance to play up architecture and add rich texture and tone. After several decades with a lackluster fiberglass door, the entry was updated with a glass-paned door with an organic walnut look.

Western Entry

Make a bold entryway statement with a warm and welcoming vignette comprised of a mix of classic wooden pieces and unique objects. The carved walnut console table paired with a peacock mirror and a collection of hats add instant personality with a nice mix of coarse, sleek, rich and rustic texture.

Vintage-Inspired Features

Indicative of '70s style, the peacock mirror is reminiscent of Palm Springs style. Characterized by its maximalist ornamentation, the mirror helps reflect light throughout the room with vintage charm.

Turned Wood

Turned-wood furniture is popular with Spanish-style interiors. Characterized by serpentine-style twists around its legs, this turned-wood chair adds a touch of antiquity to the room and offers an extra spot to store essentials such as books and handbags.

Mixed Finishes

One of the quickest ways to add depth and complexity to any room is by styling tabletops with a range of different finishes. The entry console is styled with rustic picture frames, gold-leaf sculptures and organic coral.

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