27 August 2022

Finding your decorating style, and applying it to the rooms in your home can be a daunting task. One way to make the whole process much easier is to think of it as “layering”. Layering a room really comes down to using different patterns, shapes, textures and colors to add depth, balance and create contrast. From window treatments to lighting, it’s how you bring in the depth and personality of the space. By the time you are finished, you will have a room that perfectly reflects your personal style, and is decorated with things you love.

RUGS

Think about layering from the ground up. Start with your area rug, which can be used over carpet, as well as on hard surfaces. They can also be layered over each other to add extra interest to the mix. Area rugs come in all price points, so choosing rugs that are budget-friendly isn’t hard to do. The color and pattern will make a difference as it grounds the space and all the elements of the design.

WINDOW TREATMENTS

Next, let’s talk about window treatments. I believe they add softness and texture, and can really frame out the space. It’s like a nice accessory you can layer into the room for a finished look. Again, it’s yet another way to bring in different colors and textures to the space.

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

FURNITURE

Now that you have your background just like you want it, go ahead and add your big furniture pieces. Placement is important, start with the larger pieces and place smaller scale items that creates a conversational space based on the size and shape of the room. 

 

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Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

LIGHTING

it’s very important to light a room evenly. Try to keep it as balanced as possible. Place lighting on both sides of the room, or even better, add lighting in all four corners. Achieving the layered lighting look can be done in two layers: your first layer as your ceiling lighting and the second as task lighting (i.e. table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, or picture lights).

ACCESSORIES

Accessories are the perfect layer to play with color, and be brave! They are affordable, and so easy to switch out when you want a different look. Here is where you can throw in different styles too. Don’t be afraid to mix a modern accessory with your cottage decor. Mixing things up is a great way to experiment with different styles. It also lets you actually see those styles in your home which is helpful when you are undecided.

Finding your decorating style, and applying it to the rooms in your home can be a daunting task. One way to make the whole process much easier is to think of it as “layering”. Layering a room really comes down to using different patterns, shapes, textures and colors to add depth, balance and create contrast. From window treatments to lighting, it’s how you bring in the depth and personality of the space. By the time you are finished, you will have a room that perfectly reflects your personal style, and is decorated with things you love.

 

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