Layering is not just for cakes or the newest outfit in your wardrobe.
Layering is a beautiful decorating strategy.
We think of layering when we decide what to wear – putting on a shirt over a camisole, then adding a scarf and necklace. Layering for your home is similar; it adds richness and depth, and keeps your home warm in feeling and mood. There are so many surfaces you can layer in your home.
To your walls with wainscoting, stenciling, wall coverings and crown moldings
To your floors with rugs and carpets over hard wood, tile and stone flooring
To your window coverings by pairing soft window treatments with blinds and shades
To your bed with layers of sheets, blankets, duvets, comforters, throws, pillows and more
To your furniture with slip covers, embellished pillows and cuddly throws
To your lighting by combining functional task lighting with interesting lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, spotlights and even candles
To your dining table with tablecloths, runners, place mats, chargers and dishware
Layers can be achieved with color, by using multiple shades within the same color family or by using complementary colors, such as deep red accents in a sage green décor. Think of color layering during the holidays too, with accents in gold, silver, red and green, or blue and silver.
You can also layer with patterns, using several patterns in a decorating scheme or using the same pattern in slightly different colors or a different scale. Just be careful with too many patterns, so you don’t create chaos! Consider layering with textures too, combining soft rich fabrics with crisp, clean linen and even tweedy, rough wools.
Think multidimensional about your rooms this summer, and add a little layering for depth and engagement.
© 2016 Hunter Douglas