Use Layers to Create a Perfect Room

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Meet my guest blogger, Karl Kennedy, author of  He's sharing some great tips on how to add layers in your room to make it feel cozy, layered, and give it natural flow.

Do you want your living room to have a natural interior design flow? Check out these layering techniques.

Why do some living rooms look perfectly put together while others lack the interior design sugar and spice of it all? Some homeowners have a knack for getting items to flow naturally. Some do not.

Fortunately, we can help you be successful with your interior design just by using one simple concept: Layering. Layering is simply arranging and rearranging items in a room to make it look better. It’s done in fashion all the time. The only difference is that you’re changing your living room’s blank canvas as opposed to your wardrobe’s blank canvas. Layering will get you to turn the room you spend the most time in into something spectacular, using different colors, patterns, materials, textures, and different sized items.

The trick is to not go with what all the design trends are doing on the daily. Instead, allow the layers to become personal to you, unique to you, and different to others.

We’ll give you some suggestions, and don’t worry, you won’t have to use them all. Just choose the ones that feel right for your living room.

Comfy Additions

One of our favorite things about layering is the comfort some items can add to the room. Think pillows, throws, blankets, and cushions/pillows. Spread the pillows out over the couch, fold up some blankets and place them in a wicker basket near the television, and possibly fold some throws to go on a nearby open shelf.

All of these items support comfort. The pillows and cushions are a solid resting spot for your head and neck after a long days’ work and the throws and blankets are great for cuddling up on the couch, getting warm, and getting into a zen state of mind.


Layering with lighting is easy as can be, all you have to do is mix ambient lighting with task lighting. Make sure the balance fits the space, though.

Think general lights that brighten the room. Then, add lamps in surrounding areas, either standing or table toppers. The balance should flow evenly throughout the room. For instance, add lamps to the dark spaces and corners but have a central light in the middle of the room, hanging or planted on the ceiling.

Miscellaneous Accessories

The miscellaneous accessories are where you can add practical personality throughout the room. Purchase things that work with your dynamic but fit into the spaces they’re allotted.

For example, spread out some cute and colorful baskets in the room. Fill them with items that you and your guests will use, like magazines, the daily paper, and little board or card games. You can purchase a ceramic tray online or at one of your favorite local shops to hold the remotes for the television, DVD player, projector, and any other electronics you have. Install some shelving units to add a statement that can house books, small plants, candles, or photographs.

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Rugs add texture and they’re comfortable for your feet. Not to mention, the layer provides additional warmth and separation from the floor beneath.

Sisal rugs will give the living room more of a natural look and Persian rugs will give the room a more colorful appearance - so pick your preference. Remember, you can go even further and layer your rugs, too.

Small Furniture

Once the staples of your living room are set into place, add some small furniture throughout the room. Make sure the pieces are overall functional.

Think coffee tables, live edge side tables, ottomans, small benches, and stump stools. Anything that can carry the weight of snacks, drinks, and daily necessities.

Karl has some great ideas, so I hope this helps you if you're adding some layers to a room.  

Happy to help!


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