Use texture to add contrast.
Too much of a good thing is just…boring. By incorporating contrasting textures into your design, you call attention to subtle differences in shape and color, instantly adding interest.
Textural contrast can be easily achieved with a large piece of statement furniture that compliments the rest of your décor. For instance, a big velvet chaise juxtaposed with natural fibers (think jute rugs and ottomans), or even a Lucite coffee table creates a stunning scene. Your fireplace surround is another great place to add texture. Quartzite has become popular for this use, as it not only has a gorgeous, natural texture, but reflects light beautifully, creating a dramatic sparkling effect.
Florida Design Works supplied materials for this design on the right that incorporates a variety of contrasting and visually striking textures. The sandy texture of the stone accent wall beautifully complements the matte glass shower doors and glossy white tub. The open shelf stacked with towels and the soft bath mat are the finishing elements that make the room feel soft and inviting, even as the rough texture of the stone dominates the space.