Instagram Daily: The Art of Layering

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If you want to feel like an experienced designer without ever being hired to outfit someone else's home, then stick to this rule: layer. When done right, using layers — like different textures, colors, and finishes — makes any room appear to have a professional touch. Take this post by actual interior designer Natalie Myers. At first glance, this dining room has a smart, minimal aesthetic. But upon closer look, chic touches like the geometric light fixture and fur-topped chairs give the space a little something extra. After all, a wooden table and matching artwork, stunning as they may be, can only take your style game so far. Go the extra mile with this lighting fixture.

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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