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Texture is a key and often ignored element in home decor. From tactile materials to elements such as fabric, wood and metal, texture can greatly enhance nearly any space. Looking for ways to add interest to a space in need of a pick me up? Here are a variety of ways to add texture to your home.

1. Area rugs top the list. From flat weaves to thickly knotted rugs and those with raised elements, adding an area rug to a space will instantly help a room feel warm and cozy while also incorporating texture.

2. Faux fur. Faux fur is still popular and a way to add both texture and a cozy element to your home.

3. Wood. From furniture to decorative elements such as trays, side tables and accents, wood is a wonderful way to add texture.

4. Metal. From brass to chrome and other finishes, metal is a way to add both a sleek, smooth texture to a room as well as color and a glam element.

5. Materials and fabrics. Whether it is the upholstery on a sofa, chair or toss pillow, fabric is a great way to add texture and tactile elements to a room. Try materials such as leather, wool, velvet or even certain cottons.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .

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