Designing a room is not just about filling a space with objects or perfecting the furniture arrangement. The overall look must be dynamic, rich, interesting. To create a balanced, well-designed room, all the design elements must work together while also standing out individually.
What is Layering?
Taking your interiors to the next level requires careful layering. This is a design principle that makes a room feels unique, rich, and textured. In fashion design, the addition of accessories – wearing a stunning piece of jewelry, a scarf, or a pair of sunnies – completes an outfit, taking the look from utilitarian to unique in a snap.
In interior design, adding several key pieces in a space helps pull together all the design elements together for a cohesive look. Each of these design elements adds impact to a space on their own or as a collective. Layering adds depth and character to the overall design of a room, making a plain design look extraordinary.
Design Elements to Layer in a Room
How do you create a perfectly layered design in a room? Every component of the room should be taken into consideration because each of these components makes up a separate layer:
- Wall covering/color
- Pieces of furniture
- Wall decors
- Decorative items
To create a balanced design, you have to add a layer of these components one at a time. If the layer is too thin, the room could look bland, sterile. If there are too many layers, on the other hand, the space could look confused and cramped.
How to Create a Perfectly Layered Room Design
To make each layer pop, you have to add plenty of contrast to the room design. By adding contrast, you are enhancing each layer more clearly while also making the final design look dynamic and interesting. There are so many ways to add contrast in interior design. You can play with different colors, mix and match a variety of patterns, pair different materials or finishes, and/or experiment with different textures. Grouping small and big decors together could also work to make a room design stand out.
If you’d like to play with different colors, you have to use a color wheel to check the opposing shades on the wheel. To mix and match different patterns, simply pair an eye-catching pattern with solid colors, see what design complements the shades that you like. As for experimenting with textures or finishes, try pairing soft or smooth pieces with hard or rough ones or natural and metal materials.
It is one thing to build the layers of a room gradually and another to find the perfect component that would complement the rest of the interiors. To make the design look deliberate and purposeful, you have to add common elements that would tie the layers of the room together. Without these common elements, the design would look confused or senseless.
Playing with colors or textures, for example, help create a cohesive look. Building the design of the room based on the materials could also add harmony to a space. Using similar color could also unify the design of the space.
Adjusting your furniture arrangement could also enhance the richness of the interior design. To create a perfectly layered design, try moving the pieces of furniture closer together. Leave enough space to make the entire arrangement intimate without disrupting the flow of the room.
You can also try moving one piece of furniture in front of another to create a layer, building the layers gradually until you have perfected your cozy, rich space.
Add Obscure Details
There is certainly beauty in obscurity especially when you are building different layers in interior design. Adding unexpected, indistinct details give the space a bit of mystery. It’s like inviting your guests to explore your living space and finding interesting yet not-too-obvious details about it.
Tucking framed artworks or stacks of books in unexpected places, plunking a plant or two in a bare spot without exposing these decors in their entirety, these small details enhance the visual interest of your living space.