I am often asked what makes the rooms I create so warm and inviting. The biggest key is in the layers. I believe in keeping it simple and keeping it real.
Layering works. Next time you enter a warm and welcoming room, you can bet it has been well-layered. It is full of dimension and interest. Your curiosity is peaked because you can't fully see everything it has to offer. Colors, textures, patterns are playing off of each other. It can be like the old trusted friend who is quietly waiting for you and says, "come, sit, and tell me all about it".
Incorporate millwork. Whether it's on the ceiling, walls, doors or furnishings, it's always an attention getter and builds architectural interest. Scale is important when using millwork. Don't skimp here. Three or four inch crown is better left for small furnishings. Venture out and try a 2 or 3-piece combination for the crown and/or chair rail. It will be money well-spent and adds value to your home.
And the final touch - accessories. When incorporating your cherished treasures, start from the tallest in the back down to the smallest out front. If something has girth but not height, stack it on top of something to create the height you need. Consider whether you want it symmetrical (formal) or asymmetrical (informal). Not everything should be in plain site. Tuck, hide, and build. Give someone a reason to want to look and appreciate. Let there be a rhyme and reason for placing these objects together. Collections are always better placed as a whole rather than scattered all around. They lose their effectiveness.
Take your time and try placing things several ways. Sometimes it helps to walk away and try again the next day. When it's right, you'll know it.