When it comes to fabrics, I’m a solid colors girl.

I try patterns, but for the most part I like solids better.  I think it’s because I prefer soothing to busy, and a lot of the patterns out there “chatter” at me.  Color is no problem – most of my wardrobe is jewel-toned solids with a few stripes and prints and textures scattered in, and it works really well for me.  In the home, I lean toward the same kind of look.  I currently have graphic jewel-toned pillows on the couch and honestly, I don’t like them very much.  But it took some trial and error to find out that graphic patterns were one design trend I don’t feel at home with.

In fact, the more I’ve observed and experienced spaces, the more I’m convinced that it’s the excellent use of texture that makes a home feel comfortable.  I believe this can apply to any color scheme and most styles.  With time I’ve slowly formed a vision for a more layered feel for our home, where color and neutrals collaborate with texture to make a space that feels warm and inviting, yet light.  I want do do this by layering seagrass rugs and patina’ed (is that a word?) wood furniture, slick bookshelves and ferny plants, burlap lampshades and glossy lamps, linen pillows and leather sofas.

Before you can make a look work for you, you have to figure out the details of HOW it works.  Here are some of my favorite rooms that create interest through use of texture.

See how this bedroom has a textured spread, a velveteen bedskirt and canopy, thick ridged mouldings and paneled doors, unfinished wood floors, and distressed paint on the side table.

This kitchen has equal amounts of sleek cabinets and rustic wood table, with matte iron fixtures and shiny stainless appliances.  The floor is subtly textured and all the glass windows are sleek but broken up into smaller (textured) grids.

This living room has plaster walls, seagrass carpet, nubbly white sofa and smooth leather chairs, lots of exposed wood, an awesomely blue-green velvet ottoman, raw edge cloth lighting shade on the ceiling with metal, and a textured throw.

This living room is more all-brown that I would do but I still love it.  It has iron and glass in the coffee table,  shiny pillows, velvet sofa, lots of exposed wood beams, what looks like textured walls, subtly patterned rugs, coarsely woven curtains, a porcelain lamp, and a reflective black piano.  I really want to go there for afternoons of reading and tea.

So this is my goal: to create a home that feels welcoming, interesting, and homey by virtue of layers of texture, rather than relying on one-dimensional color or pattern to generate interest.

How have you successfully incorporated texture into your living space?  Do you like the layers of interest that several types of texture brings, or is a more streamlined look your style?  What have been some of your winning moments with texture?