How to Layer Your Home Like a Designer – Kathy Fielder (FGI Dallas)

The art of layering your home so it looks truly designer can be a challenge and a tad tricky at times. With so many different elements in a room, it can sometimes be difficult to choose where to put your focus. However, with a few tips and tricks from KF, you can be layering like a designer in no time!

Today, our EIC, Kathy Fielder, is focusing on layering 4 essential parts to a living room – art, pillows, rugs, and windows. Seems easy enough, right? Give your home some depth and texture with the right kind of layering to create your perfectly refined and livable space.


This living room has maximum depth and dimension and is inspiring! A perfectly crafted living space takes layering, texture, and color and meshes them together creating harmony. The woven area rug grounds the space, while the cowhide adds dimension to it and creates instant texture. Knowing how to group together pillows on your sofa is a key to creating a unique and personal space.  They add another layer and are a great feature gainst the dark upholstery.

Art can be one of the most intimidating features of a room to conquer, but it’s a definite must. No matter your budget, there is art out there that is right for you.

Design tip – A gallery wall looks well-curated and usually has such a personal feel that it is a showstopper.  Choose a variety of photos that appeal to you in different sizes and frames.  Layer by putting the smaller ones in front of the larger pieces. Make sure to space out enough so it isn’t so cluttered and chaotic looking. Use black and white photos for a more subtle gallery look that is still sophisticated.

Mirrors are another great wall feature and look beautiful when layered with other pieces of art, creating instant texture and dimension, while also expanding and lightening a space.  Conquer your gallery wall fear, and take your living room to the next level of modern chic!


Layering pillows seems simple, right? However, there is an art to grouping together colors, textures, and dimension. Normally in a bedroom, smaller pillows go stacked in front while larger pillows sit in the back. Think small to large, front to back.  Take textured accent pillows to complement your euro pillows. Different sizes and shapes will add depth and height to your bed.

Stacked and layered pillows on your sofa personalizes it and is fun! Added bonus, decorative pillows are easy to change seasonally and will transform your room in an instant.

Choose pillows you like, but remember they should be comfy too! Aesthetics aside, a pillows’ purpose is comfort! You want your sofa to be livable and inviting, so layering different pillows and textures is always a good idea.

This room is full of layers, patterns, and textures! The key is to take your time finding those pieces you love and making sure they complement each other nicely. Layering rugs can be difficult, so it’s important to take the time to find the right pieces that work with your style and scheme.

Window treatments are one element to a room you may never think about layering; however, layering curtains can elevate your room and make it look more sophisticated and put together. A sheer paired with a gorgeous panel over it give extra depth and fullness, while also being quite functional.

Not into so much fabric and like something more simple? Fabric shades are timeless, classic, and completely functional like these from Pottery Barn.

And, don’t forget…. outdoor spaces need the same texture and design inspo as indoors.  Window treatments outside on your deck can completely transform your space into something amazing and inviting.

Author: Kathy Fielder (FGI Dallas – Executive Member)

Kathy Fielder’s passion for beautiful design, quality and style is evident throughout her illustrious career as a designer, manufacturer, lifestyle expert, blogger, TV Host, and mother of two. Since starting her first design firm in 1998, Kathy’s talents and creative abilities have earned her countless awards as she has gone on to create many successful brands in high demand from retailers like Neiman Marcus, Horchow, One Kings Lane and Rue La La. Expanding her reach in 2016, Kathy launched KF Design | Life | Style – encompassing a wide variety of home, fashion and lifestyle products all made in Dallas, TX USA. Kathy’s Design + Style blog shares her latest lifestyle tips and inspirations. She can currently be seen as the Host of “The Fielder Report” on Designing Texas with Jocelyn White, which airs every month on WFAA Channel 8. An avid horse lover, Kathy also recently Chaired the 2017 Equest “Field of Dreams” Gala, benefitting disabled people and Veterans using Equine Therapy. Visit for the latest news, subscribe to her blog, and shop Kathy’s Boutique. Her retail store and studio, ibC Design Studio, is located in the Lower Greenville Avenue district of Dallas.

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