One of the easiest yet unheralded tips for successful styling is the concept of layering. In contrast to clothes, it’s not about adding items on top of another (and stripping as the day gets warmer) but of adding and creating what we term vignette volume.
Like one of our art-collector friends says: “One is a find; two is a pair; three is a collection.” In interior design, unless you have one spectacular piece (the “find”) that deserves a prized position all alone, you want to use odd numbers of three or five items for maximum visual impact.
For decor layering we take three shapes: a vertical, a horizontal, and one we call a “bridge” which unites the two. We call this the “holy trinity”, but triad may be less controversial… For five items, we call it a “cinco”. Here are five (cinco!) basic layering concepts: