What takes a room design from "nice" to fabulous? While it can be so many things, the often forgotten hero is TEXTURE!
The first time I remember discovering the importance of texture was when a friend of my mother's was creating an all white bedroom. She did everything right, beautiful bedding, a mix of modern and antique furniture, attractive art, and varied whites. The end result was... boring. However, when she went back and added a sisal rug, hand woven baskets, and distressed some of the painted furniture, Voila, Fabulous!
Take the room above: The ship lap wall adds texture, as does the rough wood coffee table top, and shaggy throw pillows. Balance the texture with slick surfaces such as the mid-century console, various chrome legs, and slick glass lamp to create a warm, inviting, and interesting room.
Not feeling adventurous enough for a ship lap wall? How about a wood palette as a visually interesting pot rack? Loads of texture there. We installed this one with long screws into the stud wall to insure it could stand up to lots of heavy pots and pans.