Our Best Decorating Ideas: How To Layer for Added Comfort & Style

updated Mar 11, 2020
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As the days and nights get chillier, it’s time to talk about layers. Taken literally, this means those extra blankets and throws you pile on to stay warm. But it also means all the decorative elements you add to a room to create interest, texture, and depth. Whether layers increase your physical comfort, please the eye, or hide parts of a room that make you cringe, there are tons of reasons to go multi-dimensional. Here are some of our best posts that tackle the topic, from layering throws, rugs, and other decor, to dealing with patterns, color, and fabrics.

(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

General How-Tos
If you are new to the idea of layering, here’s a primer for getting started:

(Image credit: Irene & Evan’s Welcoming Whimsy)
As Design Solutions

Sometimes you hate the bland carpet or tiles in your rental, or a drop ceiling in the bedroom. Adding layers can magically trick the eye into not seeing them at all:
(Image credit: Alex & Alina’s Lovingly Layered Home)
Artwork & Decor

These are finishing touches on a room, and the final step to a complete, intentional room:
  • Mirror, Mirror On The…Mirror: The Art of Layering Mirrors
  • 3 Things To Keep A Room From Feeling Flat
  • Layered Gallery Wall
  • 10 Unconventional Ways to Hang Art
Rugs To layer or not to layer, this is an age-old question when it comes to rugs. Decide whether you like the look with these posts:
(Image credit: Caroline & Sebastian’s Bohemian Fairytale)
Pattern How to mix up your florals, stripes, ikats and other prints like a professional:


Fabric and other materials involve color, pattern and texture:
(Image credit: Adam’s Comfort & Warmth)
Color & Texture How to make a room come alive, using your sense of feel and sight:

What are your favorite ideas for layering comfort when the weather starts to get chillier?

*Re-edited from a post originally published on 10.10.2013 -NT