Today we are introducing part 2 of the art of layering, one of the core principles I have implemented in my styling formula over the last 20 years.

This week looks at layering texture, soft furnishings, lighting, and décor.

We also encourage you to explore the 'art of layering part 1' which covers the fundamentals of layering and why it is essential to creating harmony and cohesion in your designs.  

STYLING TIP #1: Layering Texture

Textured items make a home feel more approachable, and I like to make sure I have a mixture of old and new in each room.

Tactile texture refers to the actual feel of the surface texture, such as soft, smooth, rough, sharp, plush, ridged, hard, or studded. 

Visual texture refers to the aesthetic of a material, which may appear different than the actual feel. Visual texture can be shaped by light, colour, or pattern. 

Examples include this table lamp which features the organic, woven-look of rattan, but is made from concrete.  The same applies to the aged stone style lamp base crafted from resin. 

Or a faux finish grass cloth or linen-look wallpaper, where the small, repeated patterns gives a textured, raised appearance. 

Photo Source: Kara Childress

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STYLING TIP #2: The Impact of Light on Texture

The relationship between texture and light plays an important role in evoking a lived-in warmth.  

  • Smooth & shiny textures reflect more light, offering a contemporary, refined & glamorous feel.
  • Tactile & raised textures absorb more light, which is why natural materials convey an inviting feel.
  • Balance: Find creative ways to mix and pair unlikely, yet complimentary textures, such as studded leather armchair, with a faux fur or chunky wool throw, flax linen cushions, rattan drum stool & a metallic floor lamp. 

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

STYLING TIP #3: Soft Furnishings

Next, layering soft furnishing assist in both physical and psychological feelings of cosiness & comfort so it is important to look for opportunities to layer additional cushions and throws within your home. 

For example, throw pillows, blankets and decorative cushions will elevate your sofa, bed, occasional chairs, or window seat, by introducing pops of colour and pattern. 

  • Natural Materials: We use linen, bouclé, or leather in larger pieces such as sofas and armchairs. Neutral colours are the perfect canvas to layer bolder accent colours & patterns in cushions & throws. 
  • Switch cushions: Cushions can be switched, added, layered, or moved between rooms, and are a sustainable and effective way to update the look and feel of your space at a more affordable price. 
  • Harmony: When mixing prints in your cushions, choose a combination of small, medium, and large-scale designs, as well as some solids for depth and dimension.
  • Patterns include florals, stripes, plaid, geometric, abstract, damask, and botanical. 
Designers Guild Kiyosumi Celadon Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Kiyosumi Celadon Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Kiyosumi Celadon Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Ralph Lauren Eliza Floral Vintage Blue Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Ralph Lauren Eliza Floral Vintage Blue Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Ralph Lauren Eliza Floral Vintage Blue Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Montana Pillow Cover | Gold  | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Montana Pillow Cover | Gold  | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Montana Pillow Cover | Gold  | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Auburn Cushion Cover Stripe | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Auburn Cushion Cover Stripe | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Auburn Cushion Cover Stripe | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
Auburn Cushion Cover Stripe | 63x63cm | Libeco Linen
SHOP CUSHIONS

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

STYLING TIP #4: Bedding

Layering your bedding is essential if you wish to create a cosy, inviting and luxurious bedroom. 

Our Bed Layering Formula

In a neutral bedroom, visual interest can be added with delicate embroidery, pin-tucked detailing, and quilted designs of floral or geometric patterns.

Alternatively, make a bolder statement with rich cotton velvets, heavier embroidery, and intricate motif designs. 

  • The Base: A mattress topper, standard pillows and pillow protectors, and a fitted and bottom sheet.
  • The Top Layers: A beautiful textural bedspread, and a plush comforter folded at the end of the bed.
  • The Extras: We also love to add a soft throw blanket, euro pillows & accent pillows to complete the look. 
Nash Coverlet Stripe - Suzie Anderson Home
Nash Coverlet Stripe - Suzie Anderson Home
Nash Coverlet Stripe - Suzie Anderson Home
Nash Coverlet Stripe - Suzie Anderson Home
Nash Coverlet Stripe - Suzie Anderson Home
Ingersoll Stripe Pillow Sham- 50x75cm - Suzie Anderson Home
Ingersoll Stripe Pillow Sham- 50x75cm - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Propriano Coverlet Multi Stripe | Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Salem Stripe Pillow Sham | 50 x 75cm | Belgian Linen
Salem Stripe Pillow Sham | 50 x 75cm | Belgian Linen
Salem Stripe Pillow Sham | 50 x 75cm | Belgian Linen
Salem Stripe Pillow Sham | 50 x 75cm | Belgian Linen
Salem Stripe Pillow Sham | 50 x 75cm | Belgian Linen
SHOP BEDDING

Photo Source: Adelaide Bragg

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Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

STYLING TIP #5: Lighting

Lighting is a dynamic tool and should be approached in a layered manner. There are 4 main lighting styles that include task lighting, accent lighting, ambient lighting, and mood lighting. 

Layering these different light sources ensures all the architectural and design features of the room are highlighted, from ceiling to floor. 

Photo Source: Sarah Bartholomew

TASK LIGHTING

Task Lighting brightens areas of the home where routine tasks are performed, such as reading and writing, and include lower-level table and floor lamps and articulated wall lights.

SHOP TASK LIGHTING
Crawford Ceramic Lamp Base w Finial Piped Shade
Crawford Ceramic Lamp Base w Finial Piped Shade
Crawford Ceramic Lamp Base w Finial Piped Shade
Kelly Temple Lamp Base
Kelly Temple Lamp Base
Coastal Urn Lamp Base
Coastal Urn Lamp Base
Soho Square Lampbase | Dark bronze finish | Tall
Soho Square Lampbase | Dark bronze finish | Tall
SHOP LIGHTING

ACCENT LIGHTING

Accent lights include wall sconces, picture lights, LED strip lights, or track lighting. These are designed to emphasise objects or architectural features by focusing light directly on them. They can also frame entryways and fire mantels. 

SHOP ACCENT LIGHTING

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AMBIENT LIGHTING

Ambient lighting is fundamental to a properly lit room and provides the overall illumination through lighting fixtures such as pendants, chandeliers, recessed lights on a dimmer, and any ceiling-mounted or recessed fixtures that cast light downwards. 

SHOP AMBIENT LIGHTING

MOOD LIGHTING

Mood lighting includes candlelight, salt lamps, lanterns, or decorative lights that function both as sculptural objects and provide soft illumination. 

SHOP DINNER CANDLES

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Dinner Candle | Cap Ferrat | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Cap Ferrat | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Aqua | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Aqua | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Carribean Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Carribean Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Menthol Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Menthol Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
SHOP DINNER CANDLES

STYLING TIP #6: Decor

When it comes to styling your accessories, layering does not equal clutter. Instead, layering decor involves including objects of different scale, height, shape, texture, and finishes. 

Effective layering results in a curated and visually pleasing design, where nothing jumps out or competes and items work together in harmony.

  • The Theory of Feng Shui: Feng Shui suggests odd numbers are seen to expand and create more energy. 
  • The rule of 3: Items arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and interesting, encouraging our eyes to move back and forth between items. 
  • Interesting Vignettes: Grouping items of 3, 5, 7 or 9 encourages more artful compositions, including a mix of short, medium, and tall items, or cylindrical, straight, and irregular designs. 
  • Visual Balance: The aim is to create movement through the layers of height, shape, size, texture, colour, scale, and pattern. 
  • Decorative Trays: We love to use decorative trays made from rattan, pewter or wood to group and display items in a curated way. 
Designers Guild Manipur Jade2 Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Manipur Jade2 Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Manipur Jade2 Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Manipur Jade2 Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Designers Guild Manipur Jade2 Cushion with feather insert | 55x55cm
Trudon Abd El Kader Room Spray | 375ml - Suzie Anderson Home
Trudon Abd El Kader Room Spray | 375ml - Suzie Anderson Home
Trudon Abd El Kader Room Spray | 375ml - Suzie Anderson Home
Floral Elegance XI | Brown Bamboo Frame
Floral Elegance XI | Brown Bamboo Frame
Andos adjustable desk lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos adjustable desk lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos adjustable desk lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos adjustable desk lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos adjustable desk lamp | excludes shade | Bronze

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Use an eye-catching lighting fixture to elevate the room & make it the focal point.
Lighting changes how we see a space and how we feel when we are in that space.

There are 4 main lighting styles; Accent Lighting, Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting and Mood Lighting. Use accent lights such as wall sconces to frame an artwork, mirror or mantelpiece. Ambient lighting is fundamental to a properly lit room and provides the overall illumination through lighting fixtures such as Ceiling Pendants and Chandeliers. 

Task Lighting brightens areas where routine tasks are performed and makes a nice addition to the ambient lighting throughout your home. Task lighting includes adjustable floor or table lamps. Lastly, Mood Lighting is where you can get creative with pretty candleholders, hurricane lamps or decorative lights that function both as decorative objects and provide soft illumination.