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How To: Balance Fabric Textures
January 22, 2020 — No Comments

3 Design Tips To Add A Textured Rug To Your Living Room


  • Subtle texture is what you get from rugs that create texture using carving, like this imprinted modern rug. That means it is a cut or loop pile rug and designs are essentially carved into the rug creating texture.
  • Physical texture is the best way to describe this next category, braided rugs. These can be classic braided rugs, eco-friendly rugs , or (our personal favorite) a felted wool rug with a raised braid or twist. All of these are technically braided and all of these create texture and depth from their braids.
  • Soft texture can be found with a fluffy shag rug. A shaggy pile creates a soft texture that can be great when paired with a rougher or more physical fabric. It can also continue a theme of delicate softness, like in a baby nursery.


Mixing Fabrics Like An Interior Designer

Now that you understand the different types, it is probably a good idea to give some tips on how to actually implement different textures and fabrics in your home without overwhelming the space.

It is actually pretty simple to mix textures and fabrics. The easiest way to do it is to keep balance in mind, meaning that you don’t want to just throw a variety of colors and textures together in a room. Think about balancing out a mostly soft and fluffy room with one or two rougher textured pieces. Or, if you just want to add some depth, keep the color palette similar throughout the space and you will love the outcome.


Here are three tips for mixing texture without making the fabrics compete:



  1. Color: An easy way to add any kind of intimidating decor item is to keep the color scheme cohesive. If, for instance, everything in the room is earth tones, it makes it a lot easier to add in say a chunky rug. It’s much more difficult to go bold with your color AND texture all at once, especially if it’s the main point of contrast in the room. Although it can be done well, it can often easily become overwhelming. We suggest starting with one new element that you want to try before adding in more at once.
  2. Theme: Sticking with a theme is another easy way to mix and match patterns and textures. Creating an overall theme that is earthy textures or super soft and luxurious makes it so you can add a variety of textures that are all branches of the same family tree. This keeps the room from getting overwhelmed and makes it much easier to decorate.
  3. Balance: Our last tip, which is great for design in general, is balance. If you are ever worried about incorporating a new design trend in your home, focus on balancing it out. If you’re nervous about adding a chunky rough jute rug to your home, make sure it is surrounded by other soft textures or vice versa. It is such a simple idea, but it makes a huge difference when decorating a space.

Find Your Perfect Rug 

If you need more help finding an area rug for your living room, check out my other post on rug patterns.


As always, comment below or contact us if you need help!


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The Authors: Kate Roth