Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 14 - Layering

We are all familiar with the smart fashion tip of layering. Dressing in layers allows for comfort no matter how the temperature varies throughout our day. A great solution when Mother Nature hasn't decided whether it is still Summer or Early Fall so she throws both into a day for good measure.

I've been rethinking the concept of layering from a design standpoint. Especially in the dining room. Layering can take the stuffiness out of the dining room and give it a relaxed "come in and sit down with friends" look. So rethink buying matching dining chairs and tables. Instead how about mixing it up - layering a traditional table with a variety of complementary chairs or a tulip table with traditional wood frame chairs or a few chairs with a bench or settee.

Layering can be the same chair upholstered in multiple fabric patterns that together create a look that works. Like this seating area in the Tyler Florence Kitchen.

Image Sources: House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Decor Pad, Country Living

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