The Secret for Decorating Like a Pro

Do you have a space in your home that just feels like something is missing? When we think of decorating a room, our mind often jumps to things like: wall decor, furniture, lamps and it stops beyond the basics. Although there’s nothing wrong with the basics, there’s one element that can totally transform a room- any guesses?

If you guessed TEXTURE, you’re right! When I first heard of decorating with texture, I was so confused. What in the world does that even mean? In this post- I’m going to offer simple tips on how to incorporate texture into your decor like a pro.

1. PLANTS

The easiest way to add texture to a room is by bringing the outdoors in. What do you see outside? Greenery, or if you live in AZ like me, dirt and cacti 😉 There’s no wrong answer. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate plants into decor:

  • Wreaths

Tip: Go to Trader Joes during the Christmas season, and get a boxwood wreath for $10. Don’t throw it away after it dries up- you can still use it, and is waayyy cheaper than buying a faux wreath. I still use my dried up boxwood wreath from 3 years ago! (see photo below)

  • Faux/ Real Indoor plants-  You can’t go wrong with a fiddle fig tree, succulents, olive tree branches, cotton stems, side table greenery. I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog post, but TJ Maxx is my favorite place to find affordable greenery.

Tip: Go to the clearance section at your local Walmart/ grocery store and find fresh greenery at a discounted price. 

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2. WICKER

There are many way to incorporate wicker:

  • Baskets to hold blankets or a tree (like pictured below),
  • Chargers for wall art
  • Serving trays
  • Storage bins
  • Light fixtures

Tip: Go to a thrift store to find wicker chargers for inexpensive wall art. Mix the chargers with embroidery hoops, and add greenery for an extra touch of texture (Pictured below)

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1C3A87593. GLASS

Glass is a simple way to add texture into a room. For example, use:

  • Empty jars
  • Vases
  • Seltzer bottles
  • Old window panes
  • Cake stands
  • Apothecary jars

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4. DIFFERENT FABRICS

Think outside of the box, and combine different materials that coordinate with each other. I love doing this with throw pillows, blankets and rugs. Layering materials is key when incorporating texture into your decor. Layering rugs is a great way to do that. Here are examples of what fabrics to look for:

  • Leather
  • Chunky knits
  • Canvas
  • Faux fur
  • Wool

(Tip: To add more texture to a space-  use rugs as wall decor- see photo below)

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5. WOOD

This is probably the most common way of decorating with texture. This one also goes back to the idea of bringing outside in. On a side note, there’s so much inspiration you can get from the natural beauty of outdoors. After all- we have a God who is the master of creativity and He created it all! Every detail from the color schemes to different textures is worth soaking in. Ways to add wood pieces to your decor:

  • Furniture
  • Accessories (for shelving decor, centerpieces)
  • Old shutters
  • Lamps
  • Candle sticks
  • Trays/ wooden crates
  • Wall art
  • Frames

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6. PATTERNS

Don’t be afraid to throw patterns into the mix. It doesn’t have to be in an obnoxious way- you can add subtle patterns with things like:

  • Curtains
  • Blankets/ Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Wall Hangings

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7. METALS

Last but not least, use metals while decorating. Adding in touches of copper, gold and galvanized pieces seem to bring a timeless flare. I personally love the combo of metal and glass.

  • Light Fixtures
  • Accessories for shelving, centerpieces, side tables etc.
  • Furniture
  • Wall art

We recently stayed at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale, AZ and they nailed adding texture into every corner of the hotel. In the photo below you’ll see every kind of texture we talked about: Greenery, patterns, metal/ gold accents, layered rugs (that jute rug!!), wicker, wood, different fabrics. What a beautiful seating area!

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I hope this was helpful, and gave you some pointers on how I see the pros tangibly adding texture to homes. Feel to leave comments/ questions below!

Xoxo,

Maren

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