How to Create Layers for Life in your Home
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
While each home is unique, there are several common elements used by designers to craft the core of the story such as color, texture, and pattern. Combining these things in various ways allows the client’s story of home to be told exactly the way that represents them best. Another element that is popular and fun to use is layers. Utilizing layers in your interior design is how you add depth to the room, it is where you mix and match items into a blended design that creates a stunning final area for you and your family to enjoy. It is selecting contrasting colors to have visual interest so that the room makes its own statement to everyone entering. It is using a myriad of items such as wallpaper, artwork, accent pieces, and rugs to bring charm and character to each section of your home. There are multiple ways to incorporate layers throughout your home, let’s talk about them.
Layers in the kitchen
The kitchen, first and foremost, is one of the main functional areas in the home and while it does not have as many layering options as most such as pillows and additional furniture, there are still ample ways to make layers happen. Some great ways to create layers in the kitchen are with the backsplash, hardware, and even the kitchen sink. Backsplash now comes in so much more than the traditional white subway tile. There are patterns, colors, and various materials that can instantly transform the space between counter and cabinets into a work of art as well as a delightful layer. Though seen as an essential component to a kitchen, the sink is another way to bring a layer into the design especially using unique materials like copper. Copper sinks bring a nice splash of color but also texture since they are not always smooth. Opting to have a few glass cabinet doors in your kitchen design in lieu of traditional ones is a beautiful and elegant way to have layers in your kitchen plus they look amazing especially when paired with some LED lighting strips. As a bonus, the glass can be clear, frosted, or textured. Don’t forget about hardware as another source of layering since it is often already part of the design budget. Be sure to browse various collections and finishes to find one that is both functional but adds visual interest as well. Your designer will be able to assist you in finding elements that will work well together to create a layered look that is perfect for the heart of the home.
Layers in living spaces
Living rooms, family areas, and even a finished basement are all examples of living spaces within the home. These are the places we gather together and connect or just relax after a busy day so the overall atmosphere matters which is where layering can help. Rugs, accent pillows, varying furniture pieces, and texture are just some of the ways designers create a warm and inviting space for homeowners. Combining these different elements in a balanced way instantly breathes life into an ordinary space. Rugs can help create a simple boundary for your area, specifically if you have an open floor plan. Bold color choices or even whimsical patterns draw the eye and are a fashionable layer to the room. Be sure to measure the area before shopping for a rug so that you know what will fit. Too big and it makes the room small. Too small and it will get lost. Including unique furniture pieces into your design not only layers it but also ushers in a touch of your personality. Antique stores are a great place to find furniture with character, charm, and charisma. They can elevate your space and tell your story in an engaging way. Window treatments are sometimes a forgotten aspect of layering but they have the power to transform an ordinary wall into a work of art. Graber blinds is a wonderful company that provides a wide variety of options that match any style or need. Living spaces are an important part of your home as they often bring us together and layering is just one way to accomplish this goal.
Layers in the bedroom
The bedroom is our personal retreat, an intimate room in the home where we can be alone and more than any area it should reflect you and the things you love. Similar to your living space, there are multiple ways to add layers to your bedroom including art, window treatments, rugs, accent pieces, and even a touch of greenery. The central focus of any bedroom is, of course, the bed which has great potential for layering itself. The headboard can be a great place to start and designers are thinking outside the traditional box by using one that is separate from the bed, upholstering them, or even replacing it entirely with something different. Adding some extra pillows to your bedding is a nice bonus too. Area rugs can also be used even if you have carpeted floors since it will immediately create a layer. Window treatments always frame the window nicely but they also add depth to your walls which is another layering dimension. Including a sideboard in your design is not only a nice layering choice but it is a functional one where you can store clothes as well as other accessories. This is your area and meant to be personalized to your liking and lifestyle needs.
Layers in the bathroom
Another functional area of the home that is used on a daily basis, layering your bathroom makes it a space you can enjoy while getting ready for the day. Color is an important element and can be seen through your shower tile choice or by opting for a bold vanity color choice. You can also go for a softer, calmer vibe by staying with nature inspired shades such as blue and natural wood stains. Lighting is an important element in this area of the home and can create a sense of layering when using several fixtures such as wall sconces by the mirror, maximizing natural light, and having a main light such as a pendant. Choosing to add a vessel sink can also add a dimensional layer and it comes in a variety of colors, styles and materials. Shiplap or wallpaper works beautifully in layering and as a bonus it adds a little luxury to the bathroom too. Places such as Houzz and Pinterest will have even more ideas on layering your bathroom to give it the perfect look for you.
Layers for life
Layering brings so much to the home as it creates depth and visual interest along with a sense of luxury too. There are many elements involved in telling your story just the right way which is why designers take the time to get to know each of their clients. This is also the reason behind our showroom. We wanted to have a place where you could come and experience the possibilities that await you and your new space. From furniture to lighting and everything in between, when you visit you will experience all of your five senses.
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