When we opened our shop this summer, we knew that we wanted to carry vintage textiles to help balance out our wooden wall art and furniture pieces. We've been stocking up on all kinds of antique rugs and even making our own mudcloth pillows to add some texture to your home (and our own), and we've been learning a few lessons in styling them along the way. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate textiles and layer on the different textures.
- Add a statement rug. One of the easiest (and most impactful) ways to start adding texture to a room is by adding a statement rug. We're big fans of bold red Persian rugs — which actually appear neutral because of the way they match just about anything — but multicolored vintage rugs are great if you want to create a more eclectic, boho look.
- Mix pillows. We love mudcloth pillows because they're an easy way to add a pattern to your couch (and to dress up an otherwise drab or dated sofa). Instead of just adding one type of pillow, though, try mixing and matching different shapes, sizes and textures. Add a Mongolian wool pillow in a neutral shade, or even skip the colorful rug and add some colorful Turkish rug pillows instead. Mix and match them all for a layered look.
- Have fun with the window treatments. Sheer, white curtains are great if you want to maximize natural light in a room, but you could also add vintage lace or crochet curtains to achieve the same effect with a bit more visual interest. For rooms where you might want to add a little more privacy — such as the bedroom or a home office — we love velvet curtains in shades of deep green, navy or black.
- Table runners and cloth napkins are back. You may think that cloth table linens are outdated, but shops like Block Shop Textiles will have you thinking again. We love these types of hand-printed napkins, tablecloths and runners paired with ceramics and gold flatware.