Truth be known, I am a huge fan of color. It is a great tool to add interest and direct attention. However there is another great tool used to help convey a message that is sometimes overlooked, that tool is texture.
Texture gives visual interest and can help to convey feeling into a design. The textures above are detail shots I have taken of a variety of different subjects both natural, and man-made. I have taken out the color of these objects to reinforce the texture. Notice how some textures look soft, while other are rough, some seem to have a flow, others are static,
they all offer a distinct feeling.
I hope this inspires you to notice the unique textures around you, and helps to add a little variety to your day.