Part of the rustic design aesthetic is the use of layers. When planning your rustic bedroom retreat, make sure to use layers for optimal impact. Layers create warmth, depth, and dimension. Let’s take a closer look at the many different ways you can use layers in your bedroom retreat.
Start with the big spaces
There are two significant areas in any bedroom-the bed and the floor. These two areas are prime places for layering.
Your floor is truly a blank canvas. Using rugs is an excellent way to keep your toes warm and add some color to your bedroom. Take things up a notch by layering several rugs.
When putting down a rug, keep a few pointers in mind. The rug does not have to be wall-to-wall. Place the carpet under the bed and furniture with enough left to form a beautiful perimeter around the room. This is your base rug. Now select another rug that is in a complementary color, but is maybe a different texture. Place this rug on top of the base.
How you place the rug is also important. The second rug does not need to perfectly match up with the base. You can put it on an angle, in a specific spot such as the foot of the bed, or maybe the side of the bed.
You can follow the same steps with additional rugs. The key is to use a variety of fabrics and textures. Perhaps start with a jute or natural fiber rug as your base, the next rug can be a rug in a subtle plaid, follow that with a super fluffy rug in a solid color, and the last rug can be a small braided rug.
You have now created depth and warmth on your floor.
Your bed is another area where layers are perfect. A soft and cozy bed is the ideal end to a long day, and layers help you achieve that goal.
Start with a bed skirt. This helps to ground your bed and establish a clear space for it. Now you can put your sheets on and add a blanket. Again, try to use different textures, although, with a bed, it is helpful to stick to the same color family.
Feel free to use different blankets of different weights and lengths. Casually drape the blankets on the bed with the longer layers on the bottom. Work your way up to the shortest blanket. Then add as many pillows as you want across the head of the bed.
This gives your bed the illusion of height while adding warmth and depth. If your rugs have colors in them, it might be a good idea to stick to creams or neutral colors for your bed. A cream palette will also make it easier to use many different textures cohesively.
Other Layering Possibilities
Your bedroom has several opportunities for layering. And with rustic design style, this creates the perfect design aesthetic.
- Windows are another area that can benefit from layering. Think outside of just a curtain or blinds. Add blinds to the inside window frame. Then on the immediate outside area, hang a roman style shade in a toile or plaid. Next, you can add a double curtain rod and hang sheer curtains that fall gracefully to the floor.
- If you have an en-suite, you can use layering there as well. Towels can be hung in layers from towels bars. Coordinating colors and different sizes add depth to the bathroom. It is also very possible to layer floor mats.
- You can use a reclaimed barn wood ladder and layer quilts on the rungs. This allows you to showcase special quilts, and it also adds visual interest to your bedroom wall.
Why is layering an integral part of rustic design?
Rustic design is centered around the concept of using reclaimed, repurposed, or recycled materials. Today, you can choose to use repurposed items or purchase them new. However, you can layer your materials to achieve the same vintage look.
A bed piled high with various mix and match blankets and quilts are the essence of rustic bedroom design. The same is true for rugs.
A cozy rustic bedroom can be the perfect end to every day. Make sure to add plenty of layers and textures, and you will be enjoying your retreat in no time.