Layering Your Interiors

A common misconception in decorating is that everything in the room has to match. It is easy to think that the best way to create a cohesive space is for everything to be the same but in reality, all this does is create a flat and uninspiring space. Instead, layering should be utilized to create a visually interesting and captivating design. Some of the most stunning interiors don’t match at all, rather they layer pattern and colour. Here are some great ways to layer your space and create a room that you will love to spend time in.


Layering does not have to mean bold or cluttered. It all comes down to the colours and textures you choose. It can be as bold or as soft as you desire however, you want to choose colours that blend and are a similar strength. Again, this doesn’t mean match it just means they should have a similar tone and visual impact. If you want a vibrant space all the colours chosen should be an equal vibrancy and vice versa with soft colouring.

Every element in a design is a new layer added to an overall concept. You should choose a base element that you want to build upon and figure out which layer you want to be the focus of the room, whether it’s the floor, walls, furniture, or accessories. You can add depth through pattern, colour or texture in other elements.

Art is another way to layer your space. You can achieve both a modern collected look or a more eclectic design depending on how much you layer different colours and frames within your artwork. Rugs are also a great layering tool. They should pull colours from surrounding elements but add some much-needed warmth and texture. Wallpaper is one of our favourite design elements that can add layering in a very dramatic way. It allows us to personalize a space with colours, patterns, metallics and beading.

Window coverings and drapery help to further add layers and can be either sheer and soft, adding an airy quality, or heavier like a velvet, to add an elegant opulence to a room, or bolder with colour and pattern, to further layer on the other elements of the room. Lighting is its own layer adding significantly to the other textures in the room and the overall warmth. Accessories and styling are the final layer that can help to pull everything together using all the colours in the design making a room feel complete.

With interior design, it’s important you create a unique look that reflects your personal taste and design preferences. If you need help incorporating any of these layering ideas into your home interiors, our design team is always available!



Charlene Threatful , Calgary Interior Designer

Charlene is an award-winning Calgary Interior Designer and owner of Lush Interiors. For over 20 years she has collaborated with clients to create their ideal living spaces. Charlene and her interior design team create spaces that blend classic elements with a modern sensibility, always incorporating her client’s unique personalities and esthetic. Join Charlene on this design journey as she explores the latest trends, uncovers timeless design principles, and discover innovative ideas to elevate your home or workspace.