Published : 2 December 2015
If you want to be totally on-trend in 2016, it's time to start 'layering' your home! Just as you would with clothes, layering your decor is a way to give it depth and texture - as well as allowing you to add trendy items to a classic foundation.
An added bonus to layering is that you can constantly change your decor according to seasons without having to spend a fortune each time.
Before you start layering you need to decide on the basics of the room. Which room is it - ie bedroom, dining room, lounge - and how will you be using it? You also need to decide on the theme or colour scheme at this stage.
Colours and textures to shape your room
The first layer is comprises painting and flooring. The colours and textures you choose here will form the basis for the rest of the project. It's personal choice, of course, but most people start with a fairly neutral first layer, so that they can add other colours and textures as they go.
The next layer consists of your window coverings, choice of lighting and basic, functional furniture. These should be chosen to complement the room’s function - for example, a home office will have very different demands to a bedroom.
Next come the fabrics, art and accessories - and this is the fun part! You've laid your foundations, largely following traditional decorating rules, and now it's time to play.
Go wild with colours and art
This last layer consists of what sits on top of your furniture: cushions, throws, art, sculptures, books and so on. This is the layer where you can go wild with your colours in you wish, and introduce interesting textures to enhance the overall decor.
If your focus piece is among this layer, then give it a place that’s easy to spot when you enter the room. You wouldn’t want your favourite piece of art to be overwhelmed by too much furniture.
Choosing your artwork is obviously a personal journey but there are some tips that may help you. The good thing about art is that it's always 'in'. And you don't have to spend a fortune.
Try and think outside the square a bit and make your artwork unique to you. And no, that doesn't mean you have to take up art classes!
One idea is to search for emerging artists whose work you enjoy. Not only do you end up with a painting or sculpture that you love, but it could even be a wise investment.
Another is to frame items you already have - interesting or colourful pages from old books or even calendars; pretty fabric, even old LPs.
Or grab your camera and experiment with black-and-white or sepia family shots or close-ups of flowers, bark, water, or stone, adding more texture to your layers.
And remember, this doesn't cost a fortune, so if you grow tired of your layers, you can simply do it all again!