Layering clothing items to build an outfit is an idea that has been around for decades. Complementary pieces build a look and, as the accessories are changeable, the ensemble can be reworked in dozens of different ways.

The rules are the same in home design as they are in fashion. Start with some well made pieces that reflect your overall design, then play with the shape, texture and finish of accessories, assorted fabrics, lighting and color to craft a one of a kind look.

When layering in home d├ęcor, consider the following:

  • Color: Monochromatic tones in different saturations and hues or boldly contrasting tones both provide visual interest.
  • Texture: Nothing generates subtle differences in a room more than mixing it up with a variety of tactile elements. Consider wood grain, shag rugs, sleek metallic objects or nubby corduroy.
  • Shape: Depending on the end result desired, ponder the idea of only using angled shapes or mixing a variety of curved edges and straight lines.
  • Lighting: Layers of light bring the room to life. Task lighting, accent lighting, and ambient lighting all have a place in the design.

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