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Creating Texture with Textiles and Real Wood Paneling

If you’re a busy homeowner (and these days, who isn’t?) you’re probably looking for an interior design style that is simple, functional, and still beautiful. 

It can be a difficult trifecta to accomplish.  But one way to pull it off is to focus on texture. Texture immediately adds character, warmth, and both visual and tactile interest to any space – and it does so in a way that can be easy to create and maintain. 

Here at Tacwood, one of our favorite ways to create texture in a room is to pair our barn wood wall panels with interesting textiles. This can be a unique and stylish alternative to placing lots of artwork on a large wall.

Why Incorporate Real Wood Surfacing on Your Walls

Wood panels immediately add texture and interest to your wall surface. The natural grain of the real wood and the rippled texture unique to each board create visual interest and a warm, relaxed feel. 

At Tacwood, we have boards available in different stains and colors, each of which can create a different mood or esthetic. For example, our Chestnut Timber boards are perfect to create a rustic, artisanal feel. If you want a breezy, coastal, shiplap look, try our white Arctic Fjord boards. Our dark Sable Dusk boards can create a true statement piece and will often be paired with our lighter gray Wild Lynx or Silver Fox boards to create modern geometric designs.

One way to create a sophisticated sense of visual interest is to place the boards in an unusual pattern.  This could be as simple as a diagonal installation across the span of a long wall. Or try a herringbone pattern with interlocking V-shapes.

Our peel-and-stick real wood boards make installation simple and hassle-free.  All you need is a tape measure, a pencil, a utility knife, and maybe a screwdriver and small hand saw to create your own DIY walls that have that expensive designer look.

How to Choose Complementary Textiles

Once your wood panel walls are in place, you can accentuate the texture by incorporating textiles into your overall design.

To create a cohesive, visually intriguing textile scheme, start by playing with patterns, but keeping the colors similar. Often homeowners will start with a particular fabric item they love, such as a pillow or tapestry, and use it as a starting point to develop the rest of the room design. 

When choosing a fabric, make sure to pick one that is suitable for the room you are designing and the overall style you wish to create.  For example, silk is luxurious and often a popular choice for an upscale bedroom. Muslin or cotton have a more rustic, airy feel that fit a coastal cottage gathering room.

If your room is very large or very small, you can use textile patterns to help balance out the proportions.  A large-scale pattern with help makes a large space seem more intimate, while a finely detailed pattern can have an enlarging effect on a small space.

By bringing together and contrasting the texture of your wood boards and the texture of your fabrics, you can create a design style that is simple but still feels layered and rich.

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