Home is where the heart is. While many of us may adore walking in to a pristine hotel room with sparse decoration, un-emotive design and an absence of clutter – realistically, very few of us would like to live there.
No matter how minimalist and sparse your aesthetic is (and arguably, it is more important if you do enjoy a fairly Spartan interior) layering is an essential piece of anyone’s interior design toolkit. Layering can bring a grey sofa to life. Rejuvenate an uninspired floor. Transform your bed from a snooze-pit to a design piece. It’s how we add depth and personality to a room.
So whether you’re taking baby steps with some decorative pillows, or going full whack with a sofa/rug combo – here’s our top advice for layering in your interiors.
Colours and Patterns
Working with a colour scheme should be a natural part of every designer’s day – whether they’re a working professional or a house-proud amateur! Layering provides a great opportunity to change the look and feel of your room whenever it takes your fancy.
Take the room below, see how a simple change of layered accessories can refresh an interior and bring it up-to-date?
When mixing patterns, the key is to think keep scale and direction in mind – this can help pair even the most diverse patterns together. Think of patterns in terms of small, medium and large. Unless you’re a seasoned design expert it’s best to stick to one of each size. If you mix two small patterns your room will end up looking cluttered. Too many big patterns and the eye doesn’t know what to focus on.
By making sure the patterns don’t all follow in the same direction, you’re helping the designs to work together instead of throwing their differences into contrast.
Ever heard someone call an outfit a bit ‘matchy-matchy’? They were probably scrunching their face up and shrugging their shoulders at the time. Well, let’s apply that to your interiors as well. If you go out of your way to pair everything perfectly your room will at best look ‘matchy-matchy’ and at worst, dull, lifeless and clunky.
Make sure that you vary the shapes of the objects in your room. By keeping rounded sides balanced with squared and the odd geometric pattern here and there you’re keeping the design lively.
Get the Right Feel
Pairing textures is an often ignored but highly essential way of keeping your room from looking flat! It hardly needs explained – but variety is key. If you choose to overlay a wooden floor with a luxury, hand-knotted rug, balance it out with a faux fur cushion in an accenting colour.
Remember, mirrors create layers too. Smooth, sleek ones that can make rooms seem bigger and brighter instantly. So don’t forget about the walls!
Three’s the Magic Number
One layer isn’t always enough, particularly if you’ve got an eyesore like a wall-to-wall carpet that you’re looking to hide. But don’t feel afraid to work those design muscles and make bold pattern or colour pairings. The great thing about layering is that it can be a stylish way to transform a room without having to do a full renovation.
So, how can we treble up those layers? Well, the tips above are a great place to start. If you have a large statement piece (like an Eklectic rug, for example) you could select one colour that links and one colour that contrasts.
With straight patterns, a varied colour scheme and different textures – this room will feel lively and stylish in no time.
Whether you start small by experimenting with cushions and throws, or go big and use an eklectic, hand knotted rug to tie your room together – it’s worth trying layering out. It’s the perfect way to take your room from looking good to looking great, in no time.