Adding texture to your neutral color scheme

If you love to decorate with neutrals then you are already aware of the importance of texture to add dimension and interest to a quiet interior color scheme.
In the above photo you can see how the richly carved coffee table, colorful artwork and display of live greenery adds texture and interest to an all beige color scheme.
There are many ways you can add texture to your neutral decor:
One of the more interesting ways to add texture, color and pattern to your home is through the use of fiber or textile art.  I have a client who is incredibly talented in this arena as you can see from the photos below.  Her pieces are crafted from natural and found items that include pine needles, tree limbs and other naturally shed items.  You can spot her work every year at the Del Mar Fair where she consistently earns blue ribbons, in galleries, and on her website.  If you are interested in seeing other types of fiber art or even take classes, visit the website of Misty Washington’s gourd and basket guild.
third place at fair

made with Canary Island pine needles and Irish wax linen all wrapped around a found tree branch

patti baskets from her website

These unique pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a bookshelf and would be right at home in any mountain or seaside retreat.


The fabrics you select can make all the difference in a neutral interior.  Consider tactile choices like chenille, velvet, suede and leather to create that “come and sit awhile” feel in your home.


Fringe on a pillow, embossed picture frames, nailhead trim on an ottoman, contrast welting on a sofa or a beautiful lampshade will add interest and texture to your interior spaces.

Add some life

The addition of greenery and natural elements will always warm up a space.  A vase of fresh, seasonal flowers on a table or a floor vase filled with twigs add instant “life” to a room.

Make it your own

Neutral interiors can easily become boring and bland.  So make it your own through the display of family photos in richly textured frames, your choice of artwork on the walls, a collection of travel or art books on a table or an arrangement of family heirlooms or treasures from your past will add your own unique touch to the space.

With these tips you can sit back and enjoy the restful and serene feel of your neutral interiors.

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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