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Decorating Layer by Layer

Feb 25, 2013

by House of Earnest handmade and vintage goods

Building a room from the ground up isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. Layer by layer, you can easily create a space full of character and personality with vintage and handmade pieces. Here are a few methods to create a dynamic, appealing space.

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Rug fom OldNewHouse; Club Chair from OrmstonSaintUKWhale Art from ARMINHO; Vintage Baskets from OrmstonSaintUK; Quad Floor Lamp by FurnishedModern; Chest of Drawers from SalvageChicStudio]

Start with the floor and work your way up, choosing something textural, dimensional, colorful or pattern-driven. Beginning with a statement pattern means that furniture can be simpler. Accessories with a pop of color help draw it all together.

[Clockwise from top left: Modern Console from Industry Home; Sheep Rug from MILABERT; Vintage Glass Pendant from BootsNGus; Lucite Tray by Tilly Maison; Bubble Vases by TokyoCraftStudios; Abstract Painting by ElenasArtStudio]

For a room filled with luxury, mix textures and metallic finishes in a similar palette with one big attention grabber like an amazing piece of art, dramatic gilded drapes, or a show-stopping furniture piece.

[Clockwise from top left: Jute Rug by Momentummats; Queen Walnut Bed by HedgeHouse; Mid-Century Poster by VisualPhilosophy; Twig Hooks by StudioLiscious; Embroidered Pillow by TARZANPILLOW; Gooseneck Lamp from aniandrose]

Natural rooms can be hard to get right because everything starts to blend together. Bold, simple graphics can keep the overall feeling subdued while adding in plenty of variation.

[Clockwise from top left: Kilim Rug from pillowstore; Arc Lamp from CoMod; Wood Dresser by CurtisFurniture; Watercolor Painting by YaoChengDesign; Brass Tray from OlsenVintageMarket; Cast Iron Jacks from UrbanTradingPost]

Whatever your style, building a cohesive spot that you adore is best taken one layer at a time. I promise, you’ll love the custom style that results.

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