t is for texture

I write a lot about how natural materials add a lot of warmth, but texture is a component that can also completely transform your entire space.  The beautiful images I posted the other day are a great example of this.  Handscraped hardwood floors, planked walls, nubby linen and natural or woven area rugs all add interest, texture and warmth to each of those spaces without adding color.  Without these elements, neutral rooms would just look…bland.  It’s easy and relatively inexpensive to add texture through natural materials and accessories.  I thought I’d use my living room to show you how!

Bamboo Roman blinds are my favorite, go-to option for windows and they are super budget-friendly.  We installed them throughout our entire house and while they do a great job of blocking the strong southern sun, they also provide contrast against my white trim and curtain panels and warm up the gray/blue paint on my walls:

Woven baskets are another staple in my home.  I always find a great selection at Home Goods, TJMaxx and Target and use them to corral magazines, dog toys and even hold my plants:

Throw rugs instantly define a space and one of my all-time favorites is seagrass.  It’s not exactly the softest underfoot, but it’s one of the toughest, most durable options out there.  You can always layer decorative throw rugs on top and then change them out with the season:

My floors are dark and all the trim and built-ins are stark white; the seagrass definitely adds warmth and a bit of color:

Accessories are another great way to add texture in small doses.  The rope detailing on this Japanese fishing buoy lamp is subtle, yet adds another layer of interest to the glass base:


Woven demijohn bottles and crusty old glass bottles create yet another layer of interest when paired together:

Seagrass tops on my barstools add some color and warmth to the white bases, as well as my beadboard island:

Coral, seashells and sea fans are options, as well – their nubby texture is perfect for adding a little bit of depth:

What are your favorite ways to warm up your space? 

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  1. Kate on October 6, 2012 at 2:45 am

    You know I love this! Seagrass and natural fiber rugs are always a go to for me. I also think mixing metals in a space can add to the layered, textured look. The elements you've added to your home and featured here are so sophisticated!

  2. Kelly Stivers on October 6, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Thank you, Kate! You are always so gracious with your comments! I love the look of mixed metals, too – adds to the "pieced together over time" look!

  3. lnda@Lime in the coconut on October 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Your space is beautiful and calm…love the textures injected through….I always think of art as texture…especially fadded worn vintage oils!

  4. sherry hart on October 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I think we were separated at birth…love you natural style 🙂

  5. Kelly Stivers on October 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Thanks, Sherry! That means a lot, coming from you!

  6. Anne {Almost Home} on March 27, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Hi, Kelly–I just found your blog and have been enjoying looking around 🙂 I really love your chairs (and sofa?)…the ones with the english roll-arm style. I would love to know who makes them. I'm considering ordering something similar through Best Slipcover Company. I love this style, and my heart always goes aflutter at the sight of a good tight english roll arm 🙂 haha!

  7. Kelly Stivers on March 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Anne and welcome! Thanks for your sweet comment….I love my chairs, too, they are so comfy! They are actually from Robin Bruce, Rowe furniture's line. I ordered them from High Point Furniture and saved a TON!

  8. Arianne on January 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Love your bamboo shades! Any info on color or where you got them? Thanks!

  9. Kelly Stivers on January 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you, Arianne! They are from Home Depot! The direct link is above in the post to "my living room".

  10. Jaime on December 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Please let me know where you found your drapes, or did you have them made? Is so what type of fabric, love them??

  11. Kelly Stivers on December 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hi, Jaime! My curtains are actually from IKEA! They are the Merete Grommet Panels in bleached! Mine are actually 108 inch panels, which they don't make anymore, but they have the 98 inch option still. Hope this helps!

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