Thursday, 25 October 2012

How to Layer Frames & Objects

There is a new trend in home d├ęcor: Layering. One would think that it’s an easy style to pull off... simply take a bunch of artwork and place it haphazardly on your mantle or bookshelf. Please, no! Be smart about layering your art. Here’s how: 
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Step one: Pick images and objects that you feel would create an interesting grouping. They should be different sizes, but share a similar colour palette.

Step two: When visiting your local framer, keep things simple. If the frames are too ornate or too thick, it will be hard to layer evenly. Use glass and not exposed canvas, as an object could easily poke into an artwork and create a long lasting indentation.
Step three: The more you overlap, the higher the chances of losing the images you were hoping to show off. Notice how, in the following examples, there are no more than three consecutive levels.

Step four: Be careful! Sturdy the larger frames to your wall (by adding hooks and nails) or inserting a thin ledge or groove to your shelf. You want to be sure to prevent them from toppling over!



  1. These tips are so idea. I'm obsessed with this look but I'm hopeless at doing it... Will definitely give your ideas a shot!
    xo Josie

  2. Oohh, thanks for the tips because I love this layered look, but really need help pulling it off!

    xo Jenny

  3. this is exactly what I need to know right now! last thing to do to my house x

  4. Emily, this tips are so amazingly helpful. I am creative in putting my clothes togehter but when it come to home decor I am such a looser :-D. I will follow your instructions and see what happens. Thank you so much :-)

    Have a great friday dear :-)


  5. Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I haven't experimented with home decor layering yet, but I feel very inspired by your post :)

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls