In my previous blog, “From Blah to Beautiful in a Few Easy Steps,” I mentioned the importance of layering a space and softening the hard surfaces in a home. The last thing you want is for your home to look like it was bought off of a showroom floor, and layering prevents this by creating a sophisticated, collected look.
Windows are everywhere in our homes, and for good reason — they let in natural light! When windows need to be softened, curtains are a beautiful and easy fix.
Take a peek at this design from one of my favorites, Susan Ferrier:
She actually uses the curtain as a “wall” and wow! These panels soften the room’s hard corners while providing depth, dimension, and character. Notice the layered cowhide on top of the rug as well.
I will always sing the praises of banquettes and built-ins, as I cannot help it. I just love them! The high back on this custom seating I designed for a client’s foyer is an eye catcher and sets the tone for the rest of the home.
Notice how this banquette softens the stairwell and hardwood floor? They also receive bonus points for their practicality by allowing for more people to sit around a table.
Here’s a nice example of layering with custom seating AND drapes. Accessorizing with pillows is also a must!
Mixing the old with the new is a great way to create a room that looks like it has evolved over time, even if it was installed in one day. In this TV segment from Daytime Alabama, I provide ways to mix the two.
Look what the talented Vincente Wolf created in this room. He pulled up uber-modern chairs to a table made to look old, and it’s amazing!
To sum up, here is a picture of where old and new, soft and hard, come into interior design harmony bliss: