Can't live without your favorite pair of jeans? Incorporate the feeling of worn-in denim into your spaces. There are no rules about what texture makes sense and where it belongs. This denim rug would feel soft under bare feet, and it adds a surprisingly plush look to hardwood floors.
While a worn leather chair looks fantastic in a study, seeing a set of bright blue leather place mats at the breakfast table is surprising -- and surprisingly sturdy (given their canvas backing and coating of protective spray). Look for other ways to take conventional fabrics and use them in new ways.
Paint is the quickest and easiest way to change the look of a room. With the right tools, the transformative qualities are limitless -- even giving the illusion of fabric-covered walls. The sharp bristles of a horsehair flogger, drawn through a tinted glaze, creates the illusion of fine linen.
A wall covered in chalkboard paint not only gives off a retro schoolhouse feeling but also serves a vital purpose as family planning calendar and memo pad for a busy household. Six weeks' worth of squares in a variety of shades can accommodate several schedules.