How to Layer

Ever heard of layering in Interior Design?

You have probably heard of layering when it comes to clothing, but what about in your home? Although it may not be referenced often, it is at the core of what it means to design a space. Layering is simply taking the base of a room, and adding the pieces of interest, comfort, function, and beauty that tie it all together. It is a little easier said than done, so we will break it down for you!

  • Walls and flooring. These two serve as the platform, or base, for your layers. They are the most surface area to be covered, so they will define the atmosphere of your room in many ways. There are many options for the textures, colors, and patterns here provided by wallpaper, tile, hardwood, carpet, and paint color options.
  • Lighting. This is the second layer of your space. We’ve said it before, but lighting can make or break a room! You want to make sure you have adequate lighting, without the tone becoming too harsh or bright that it is distracting. Light fixtures can be simple and functional, or they can be a statement piece for your room. Especially if you need lamps or floor lighting, this can be another opportunity to promote your style as you build your layers!
  • Furniture. Once the base of your room is built, furniture is the next big layer! This is where your room really begins to take shape as larger pieces fill it. You’ll want to choose pieces that complement the existing layers in your space. 
  • Soft furnishings. This layer is one of our favorites! This is where the accent rugs, decorative pillows, window drapery, and throw blankets come into the picture! This layer is exploding with interest: colors, textures, and patterns that tie your existing layers together.
  • Accessories. The final layer: the finishing touches. This is where the room becomes even more unique to you. This layer is for the plants, family heirlooms, wall art, book ends, and favorite candles that make a space feel like yours.

Design is such a fascinating blend of personal expression and thoughtful precision. A well-designed room takes planning and intention but will not look forced or overly calculated in the end. Layering definitely helps achieve this balance, so don’t be afraid to play around with your room until you love it and feel that it flows. As always, we would love to help you out. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

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