Layering isn't just what you do when it's cold outside. Layering is a great way to turn a room into the space you've dreamed about. Here is an example of a client's room when she first called me in.
The goal at this time was to select new paint colors for the whole house, one of the rooms being this dining room. We picked a soothing but warm shade of green to show off the wood floors and furniture.
Once that was complete she was ready to update the chair seats. After narrowing down the choices we found a beautiful faux silk striped fabric that felt sophisticated but not too stuffy.
A few months later a rug was the item of choice. Again, we went for something that wasn't too formal but it coordinated with the fabric and paint in the room and provided a soft barrier between the hardwood floors and the table & chairs.
What we did was take a layered approach to decorating the space. Taking it step by step allows you to replenish your wallet along the way and live with the small changes as opposed to making drastic ones. This method doesn't work for everyone, but it does for many. (Note: Normally, I would suggest decorating a room around a rug because the paint colors are endless, but the rug options are not. In this case, the sequence of events couldn't have been any other way and the end result looks as though we did everything at the same time.) The key to layering is not to get impatient and impulsively buy something that isn't the right fit. The goal is for the space to look well thought-out and to appear seamless.