Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or add subtle interest to a quiet design, incorporating texture can be a powerful enhancement to your home designs. Often more subdued than color, texture can add interest  color can’t—such as uninterrupted stretches of natural materials. And because texture involves touch as well as sight, it allows homeowners to interact directly with their home’s design (think pebbled shower floor that massages the bather’s feet). 

For creative inspiration we’ve collected a group of projects that thoughtfully incorporate texture into everything from bold exterior facades to sanctuary-like master baths, and in design styles ranging from rustic New England retreats to contemporary California pads. Dive into the slideshow to get a feel for how texture can punch up your plans.

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder.