If you haven't used the "Levels" adjustment in Photoshop, (sliders in the Lightroom  Basic panel), or other editing software, you're doing yourself a disservice. It's an extremely powerful tool that can greatly alter the colors, depth, and contrast in an image with little effort and in record time!

Here's a quick example. 

Original image with a texture applied. It looks a little drab to me after applying the texture. Or, it could just be "dreamy" however you want to look at it. My first tool that I go to in order to fix this is the levels adjustment. While I typically do this adjustment in Photoshop, the same effect can be achieved in Lightroom with the blacks, whites, and exposure sliders. Below the photo is the original histogram for the air plant image with the texture applied. Pretty "middle of the road" if you will. You can create a levels adjustment layer by going to the top of Photoshop's menu and clicking on Layer...New Adjustment Layer...Levels. Or you can simple tap the half black- half white, round icon on the bottom of the Layers panel and select "Levels".  

In this next image I dragged the black slider to the right and the white slider to the left. This increases contrast. Below this photo is the corresponding histogram in the levels adjustment box.

In this next photo, I dragged the mid tone slider to the left and it brightened it globally.

With this next image, I slid the mid tone toward the right and it greatly darkened the entire image. The histogram for this one is shown below as well. 

As you can see, I've created 4 vastly different looking images with ONE tool in Photoshop (a few sliders in Lightroom). 

It's extremely powerful, and often the one step that you need to take to improve the contrast, color, and depth of an image to your liking. Small, simple changes such as these can greatly change the overall mood of an image. I encourage you to experiment and see what blows your skirt up...figuratively speaking of course!

This is what I was finally happy with.  Have fun playing!

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