The article, which starts out with layering in fashion - a fall trend that you're probably seeing everywhere, and finishes up with how to implement that same layering idea in the home:
The layering look in home decor
Layering isn't just a fashion technique. It's also effective in the home. "Layering is when you use a collection of coordinating fabrics or materials to create an overall gathered and layered look," said Artie Vanderpool, decorator and blogger, whose home in Niagara Falls was featured in The Buffalo News in 2009.
It is a great -- and often inexpensive -- way to bring in color, texture and pattern, he added.
A few suggestions:
- Put a rug on a rug. Layer a Turkish rug over a woven, natural-fiber carpet. Or, if you have a beautiful rug that is too small for the room, layer it over a larger, possibly less-inexpensive, one. Layering rugs "is like decorating a fifth wall," Vanderpool said.
- Pile up pillows. Build a collection by bringing in different fabrics. Play with color, textures, shapes and sizes. Combine stripes with solids and even toss in an animal print. Switch pillows with the season -- velvet in winter, linen in summer. If a pillow gets in the way when someone sits down, "just move it," Vanderpool said.
- Add lighting choices. Create a mix of ambient, task and accent lighting.
- Partner artworks (a good trick on mantels): "I die for small oil paintings layered over mirrors. I love that. It's a great way to pull in smaller pieces that would otherwise be dwarfed on a wall," he said. If you have an 8-by-10 painting, lean it against a large wall mirror or hang it from a chain.
- Layer your tabletop. Use chargers under dinner plates even for casual dinner settings. Combine colors and patterns with dinnerware. Take a white dinner plate and top it with a Blue Willow or floral-patterned salad plate. Sometimes, on top of that, I'll go one step further and layer a different patterned fruit bowl on top of the patterned salad plate. You can coordinate those colors with your napkins, candles or flowers," he said. Of course table linens can be layered. Place table runners or place mats over tablecloths. Said Vanderpool: "Nothing looks more glamorous and ethereal than a full-length tablecloth. It's like a ball gown in your dining room."
The picture above is also a good example of the layering of art, which I also mentioned in the article. Mirrors on top of mirrors is a great look, too and often times will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Smaller, more ornate mirrors are often less expensive, and once piled onto a larger less expensive mirror, it steals the show and gives you the freedom of decorating a large space on a small-piece budget.
I could go on all day long, but I won't. It's pretty obvious that I prefer a layered and collected look over one that's sparse or minimalist. My friend Allison always says: "Never save your party pants!" which can mean a variety of things - but has always stuck with me as don't save it for a rainy day. You never know if that "party" will come, so wear the pants anyway! So come on friends - bring out your very favorite things, and pile it on!!