It seems intuitive and after I point it out you’ll say “I knew that.” But somehow, if I point it out, maybe it will become a more conscious element in everyone’s design process. Whether you’re designing print ads, websites, logos, rooms, book covers or putting outfits together, nothing does more for a design than layering. But let’s not confuse layers with clutter. Layering doesn’t always mean adding more, but adding interest through varying elements such as color, texture, depth, and of course, stuff.
The most expensive furniture in a room without layers looks unfinished. Every element in this design adds to the overall look: wall colors, lighting, pillows, wall art, rug, furniture, and all the rest.
Art without colors, depth and textures looks boring.
Even food looks better when it’s tastefully arranged. A little cluster of hazelnuts stuck in a clump of glossy sugar next to a tiny ramekin of powdered dark chocolate on a faded pastel plate…all with a pretty description on top.
Layering is also evident in this print of my favorite show, Dexter.
Let’s not forget the tablescapes…