Layering is the secret to styling an amazing space. The elements you choose to add to a space are what inject interest and depth. Layers are the details that define your style. Your surroundings play a large part in establishing your mood and you can easily create the vibe you want your for your home with a few simple layers. I promise you, there are very few decorating dilemmas that cannot be solved with some paint, well placed curtains, a rug or two, scatter cushions or a strategically placed art arrangement!
There is no better interior design style than Bohemian to use as an example for layering. Who can resist a space layered with carefree comfort? Relaxing, slouchy and generally colourful, done well, Boho is the perfect lesson in layering. It is the interior equivalent to tousled hair; seemingly effortless, a beautiful mess, untroubled and artful.
Boho was born of making do with what you have and regardless of whether or not you love the look it can be used to inspire layering your own way. The key elements to learn from include:
Layered rugs. Don’t be afraid to overlap multiple mats strewn casually across the floor. Its when we try to follow the rug rules laid down by the wealthy designers that we throw up our hands in frustration and decide its all too hard. Mix it up and throw down some floor pillows or bean bags for lounging about. Perfectly upholstered furniture is expensive. Having comfy cushions that can be scattered about creates a fun, casual vibe.
Pattern is a powerful way to add style to a space and Boho uses it in bucket loads. If it frightens you, introduce it in smaller quantities. I promise you will fall in love with the effect. A room void of pattern is bland. Texture is always a must and not difficult to achieve when you have layers of soft furnishings. Wicker furniture is often used by the free spirited and artistic not only for its texture but because it is less expensive than solid timber or similar. Recycled timber adds a rawness like nothing else can, think old doors as coffee table tops or crates and pallets. Or bring new life to a tired piece with a coat of paint. Rough and ready is fine. All that is left to do is bring in the outdoors in multitudes with house plants and stack up the books. No Boho space is complete without loads of books. They have the power to completely change the feel of a room all on their own…….
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Boho style is all about layering but the secret to an amazing room lies in the story of the person that created the space. So if casual and fun is your thing then using these basic ideas should help you recognise what might be missing from yours. Want more help creating your special space then contact me!