The Art of Layering Texture

How Layering Creates Magazine-Worthy Interiors

Design is and should be a tangible experience.

One of the key differences between good design and great design can be summed up in one simple concept:


Using different finishes to create interest or make a statement is a design rule I often use. As well as the concept of layering. The combination of hard and soft finishes, creates a successful layered design. Hard surfaces like wood, tile, stone mixed with soft goods fabric, window treatments, textured wallpaper, and floor coverings combine to create a visually beautiful, and tactile experience in any space. One that is full of depth and meaning, if done correctly. Hard finishes include flooring, walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and countertops. These are the more permanent components of a space. With each piece, each layer, we are developing a story.
The stories are varied and depend on our client, but here are few common tales:
  • The delicate dance of masculinity and femininity: 
  • A mix of something old with something new: An heirloom wooden bench transformed to a window seat and topped with custom cushions.
  • Custom cabinetry with some clear or etched glass panels
  • Varying countertops: Granite, concrete, marble, or some other material
bathroom hard finishes
Tile Batthroom

Beautiful Natural Stone

Below are stone flooring options similar to what I used in the bathroom above.  Click on the image for more info and pricing

Freestanding Tubs are available in a variety of price points.  Click on the images below for more info.

Rancho Santa Fe Remodel Design Boards Jill Shevlin Design

Soft Goods Fabrics from the Online Fabric Store

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Soft goods are the non-permanent aspects of a space, such as window treatments, furniture, rugs and runners, carpeting, and some decor. 
A common layering tactic for soft goods includes adding throw pillows to a sofa.
Each throw pillow will typically have its own unique pattern and texture, while also containing some common thread that unites it with the other elements in the space. This prevents a layered soft good from becoming "hodgepodge" and keeps it within the realm of "well-designed."
Other soft good layering techniques include using woven blinds with linen drapery panels or adding a (faux or real) hide rug on top of a jute rug.
Bringing these elements together is just a part of the overall design process and something to keep in mind when making any selections.

For More

Read this BLOG POST on the 4 crucial things you need to know before you start a home renovation.

Or take a look at this BLOG POST with some before and after photos of projects I have done.

HERE is a full post on a complete home renovation.

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