Glossy woods, well-pointed brick and woven upholstery add soft, natural texture and comfort to this room in Texas. Photo by Jim Brown.

When you’re decorating a space, don’t just think about the shape or color of the pieces you include—you should also think about texture. Whether the room contains bright colors or sticks to a neutral palette, various textures will help add depth and dimension to the room. Here are a 3 places where you can add that extra textural touch.

 

Walls

If your home has walls with natural texture, such as brick or wood slats, then you’re already a step ahead. Draw attention to the feature with contrasting wall art, such as a bright canvas against neutral wood slats or white pottery pieces that pop against brick. If you don’t have natural wall texture, you can always add some with a vivid midcentury wallpaper. But don’t overdo it—just use paper on a single wall, which will attract the eye but not overwhelm it.

 

Rugs

The floor is a great place to add texture, especially if you have tile or hardwood. Look for classic midcentury area rugs with geometric shapes, space-inspired bubbles and starburst pops. For a solid rug, you can add texture with shag, which will draw the eye . If the room has a wide, open floor plan, use a rug to designate separate areas within the space—the seating area versus the dining area, for example—which will help break up the monotony of the flooring.

 

Furniture

When it comes to furniture, get creative with different textures. Mix a leather couch with a wood rocking chair, or add a classic plastic Eames chair to a seating area with an upholstered sofa or easy chairs. Even within a single piece of furniture, you can mix textures to have the same effect. Find upholstered chairs with wood arms, or add a mix of shaggy and fabric pillows to your leather couch. If you have a furniture set that matches in texture, make sure the other elements of the room bring in that variety.