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Just like adding a textured scarf, a statement necklace or a tailored jacket as the finishing touch to an outfit, the practice of layering a room in interior design adheres to much the same principles as it does in fashion.

Jeremy Willoughby of furniture and interiors retailer Corso de’ Fiori doesn’t claim to be an expert at telling people how they should style their home, however, he has some great ideas about curating your space to be beautiful, interesting and timeless.

“Often people who want to design home décor and styling themselves forget about layering, or are not sure exactly what it entails,” he explains. “To my mind, layering is basically adding depth to a room. It all comes down to the person’s opinion and style, so there are no hard and fast rules but, in a nutshell, layering is taking each of the individual elements in a space and putting them together to create a cohesive whole.”

Just like adding a textured scarf, a statement necklace or a tailored jacket as the finishing touch to an outfit, the practice of layering a room in interior design adheres to much the same principles as it does in fashion.

Jeremy Willoughby of furniture and interiors retailer Corso de’ Fiori doesn’t claim to be an expert at telling people how they should style their home, however, he has some great ideas about curating your space to be beautiful, interesting and timeless.

“Often people who want to design home décor and styling themselves forget about layering, or are not sure exactly what it entails,” he explains. “To my mind, layering is basically adding depth to a room. It all comes down to the person’s opinion and style, so there are no hard and fast rules but, in a nutshell, layering is taking each of the individual elements in a space and putting them together to create a cohesive whole.”

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With the overall interior style that you want to achieve as the unifying element, the act of layering can apply to any room in the house, from the living room to the bathroom. Although you don’t need to work in any specific order, it can often be easiest to work from the ground up. Elements – such as wall coverings, flooring, furniture, textiles, wall hangings, décor items and lighting – should all be considered as separate layers, then the room can be built by adding each layer one at a time.

“To create a contemporary look, a key design idea to consider is contrast,” suggests Jeremy. Introducing a contrasting interior element creates visual depth and makes a confident aesthetic statement, lifting more neutral interior spaces out of the ordinary.

With the overall interior style that you want to achieve as the unifying element, the act of layering can apply to any room in the house, from the living room to the bathroom. Although you don’t need to work in any specific order, it can often be easiest to work from the ground up. Elements – such as wall coverings, flooring, furniture, textiles, wall hangings, décor items and lighting – should all be considered as separate layers, then the room can be built by adding each layer one at a time.

“To create a contemporary look, a key design idea to consider is contrast,” suggests Jeremy. Introducing a contrasting interior element creates visual depth and makes a confident aesthetic statement, lifting more neutral interior spaces out of the ordinary.

From a subtle splash of greenery and a quirky painting in the bathroom, to a bold Turkish rug in the living room, or an oversized sculpture or painting on a sideboard; contrast, textures, patterns, materials and size all come into play in order to make a room visually interesting.

“To create a contemporary look, a key design idea to consider is contrast,” suggests Jeremy. Introducing a contrasting interior element creates visual depth and makes a confident aesthetic statement, lifting more neutral interior spaces out of the ordinary. From a subtle splash of greenery and a quirky painting in the bathroom, to a bold Turkish rug in the living room, or an oversized sculpture or painting on a sideboard; contrast, textures, patterns, materials and size all come into play in order to make a room visually interesting.

From a subtle splash of greenery and a quirky painting in the bathroom, to a bold Turkish rug in the living room, or an oversized sculpture or painting on a sideboard; contrast, textures, patterns, materials and size all come into play in order to make a room visually interesting.

“To create a contemporary look, a key design idea to consider is contrast,” suggests Jeremy. Introducing a contrasting interior element creates visual depth and makes a confident aesthetic statement, lifting more neutral interior spaces out of the ordinary. From a subtle splash of greenery and a quirky painting in the bathroom, to a bold Turkish rug in the living room, or an oversized sculpture or painting on a sideboard; contrast, textures, patterns, materials and size all come into play in order to make a room visually interesting.

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Design flexibility is another key idea when layering smaller interior objects – perfect for those who like to refresh their interior look. Cushions are an easy way to layer a room, as they can be changed out regularly and, when layered on a neutral-toned or dark sofa, can make a room really pop. Sensory layering with softly-textured throws, and scented candles or diffusers, is another quick way to personalise the space.

When looking at styling an entire house, Jeremy believes that if you have a smaller home then there does need to be an element of tying rooms together – with a larger space you can mix it up a bit more. “It’s all about creating interest and being bold,” he says. “In interior design today, almost anything goes.”

Global trends continue to show the demand for mixed materials such as marble, iron and wood. Other interior directions that Corso de’ Fiori has noticed in the past year include: earthy tones, multi-functional furniture and a move away from impersonal factory-produced items in favour of handcrafted furniture, plates, pottery and trays with an artisan aesthetic. Aged brass and silver foil accent pieces have also become a hugely popular way to inject a little understated glam into living spaces.

Interior layering is best served when it reflects and enhances the lifestyle and aesthetic of the homeowner. With entertaining a key lifestyle feature for many of Corso’s customers, Jeremy says, “One of our most-loved smaller interior objects is a very cool marble tray with a gold handle that wraps all the way around it. It looks perfect on a buffet with a bottle of Hendricks and two highball glasses – that’s layering!”

If you are interested in creating a beautifully curated space, visit Corso de’ Fiori on ArchiPro for inspiration and advice.

Design flexibility is another key idea when layering smaller interior objects – perfect for those who like to refresh their interior look. Cushions are an easy way to layer a room, as they can be changed out regularly and, when layered on a neutral-toned or dark sofa, can make a room really pop. Sensory layering with softly-textured throws, and scented candles or diffusers, is another quick way to personalise the space.

When looking at styling an entire house, Jeremy believes that if you have a smaller home then there does need to be an element of tying rooms together – with a larger space you can mix it up a bit more. “It’s all about creating interest and being bold,” he says. “In interior design today, almost anything goes.”

Global trends continue to show the demand for mixed materials such as marble, iron and wood. Other interior directions that Corso de’ Fiori has noticed in the past year include: earthy tones, multi-functional furniture and a move away from impersonal factory-produced items in favour of handcrafted furniture, plates, pottery and trays with an artisan aesthetic. Aged brass and silver foil accent pieces have also become a hugely popular way to inject a little understated glam into living spaces.

Interior layering is best served when it reflects and enhances the lifestyle and aesthetic of the homeowner. With entertaining a key lifestyle feature for many of Corso’s customers, Jeremy says, “One of our most-loved smaller interior objects is a very cool marble tray with a gold handle that wraps all the way around it. It looks perfect on a buffet with a bottle of Hendricks and two highball glasses – that’s layering!”

If you are interested in creating a beautifully curated space, visit Corso de’ Fiori on ArchiPro for inspiration and advice.

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