Step 1: Create your space.
Photo credit: Huffington PostWhat do we mean? Well, mastering layering lies in creating a story with different pieces. This means that although that furniture store living room combo is great and cohesive, it really just standardizes your space. Everyone may have your couch but how you put it in your space and how you decorate it is unique. Adding different textures is key. Fabric couch can pair nicely with a leather chair. Don't want to combine materials? Combine color. Take a dark gray couch and throw in a mustard yellow chair or a beautiful patterned one. Adding these touches brings dimension into the room.
Step 2: Go BOLDPhoto credit: Huffington Post We mentioned adding a mustard (or bold colored) chair in the previous step but if you already have a matching living room set, all is not lost. Let's add flair by using a bold print rug. This is where you go out of your comfort zone and push boundaries. Play with color, patterns or florals in this space. This is also a great way to establish a space. With many homes having "shared spaces" a bold rug can help you pull a space together.
Step 3: Bring in PersonalityPhoto credit: Huffington Post< This is one of the key components to layering because it makes the space yours. It's nice to have an Instagram worthy home but if it isn't all about you, then whats the point. Bring in family heirlooms, art and plant life. Plants are a great way to add height in an empty corner, bring in a touch of green on a bookshelf or to add life on a dreary coffee table. Pro tip: Not good with plants? Succulents are huge right now and really hard to kill. Most require low sunlight and water once a month. Not into plants? Add a vase and keep it stocked with fresh flowers.
Step 4: Bring in the Texture
Photo credit Brit & CoSo adding texture is an important part of layering. The easiest way of doing this? throw pillows and blankets. Add thick knits and faux fur pillows to a sofa and watch the space transform. You can take it a step further by adding woven accents to your space. Woven table trays, vases or pots are some easy go-to's.