6 Compelling Reasons to Double Down on Decor

6 Compelling Reasons to Double Down on Decor

Dabney Frake
Sep 7, 2015
(Image credit: Vogue Australia)

We've talked about the power of three before, but sometimes two is just the ticket. Here are some really great reasons why doubling up on your decor is a good thing.

Dimension: Above, Carlos Mota covered a fairly flat wall mirror over a fireplace with a more ornate round mirror that pops out from the wall and draws attention to itself.

Symmetry: Decor that is perfectly reflects itself is a powerful tool that creates a sense of security, order, and peace.

Flexibility: Two coffee tables or ottomans allow you to configure the room as needed (as seen in this room designed by Peter Dunham). Pushed together, they act as one, but when guests are around, furniture separates divide and conquer as extra seating or tables for snacks, even on opposite ends of the room.

Warmth: Multiple textiles in one space are extremely practical. It’s handy to have a throw blanket in the middle of winter when you’re a little chilly, or use multiple window treatments to keep out the drafts. Layered fabrics also give the room a warm, relaxed vibe.

Contrast: Layering two rugs allows direct contrast between two like objects in proximity to each other. Sometimes it’s opposing texture that's in play, as with the neutral jute and red traditional carpet from John's Victorian Cottage. It also is a great spot to play with pattern.

(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

Impact: Above, architect Shamir Shah hung a framed pair of photographs in his New York living room. The set makes more of a statement, and covers more real estate, than one piece of artwork is able to do.

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