Monday, December 6, 2010

Design Tips: Area Rugs get artsy

You just moved into a new home. Acres and acres of beautiful wood floors and wide open spaces. Or maybe you have small rooms with a beige or white carpet. Or maybe you just want a warm, fresh look.

Either way, one of the easiest ways to make your furniture look great and create an instant lived-in feel is to add area rugs.

Area rugs are colorful, bold statements that accent neutral furniture, or they can be clean, simple backdrops for livelier fabric choices. Oriental style rugs go with the most modern pieces or traditional, as well as anything in between. Solid colors, ultra-bold patterns or subtle, fuzzy, florals, geometrics, stripes, and random patterns you can’t even name, the range you have to choose from is astounding.

Rugs provide texture to an otherwise clean and sleek room, adding richness and interest to a monochrome color scheme.

Flotaki rugs are shaggy styles with really big yarn, even as big as your pinkie finger. Woven styles can be like an ultra-plush carpet or a flat weave, like a kilim.

To create a room that looks like it has been assembled through the years rather than instantly redone, I choose the rugs tie into the overall color scheme but I don’t get too concerned about the colors matching exactly.

Like works of art, I move my small area rugs around from room to room for a fresh look. I have several strangely sized rugs that fit in my hall, entry and two of the bedrooms at the foot of the bed. This is also a good way to alternate wear patterns and sunlight to prolong the life of the rugs.

I choose large rugs to fit the room, even going custom, to finish the furniture arrangement and to delineate different groupings in large open spaces. For an intimate, inclusive seating arrangement in a large room, I use a larger rug, with all or at least two legs of every piece of the furniture on the rug.

For a smaller room with just one furniture grouping, I use a smaller rug to allow more of the flooring to show.

Sometimes I mix up the rules for the fun of it, or because the rug is so beautiful. A gorgeous small rug also makes a wonderful wall hanging or even a table cloth. A rug in unexpected places, like a bathroom or walk-in closet is a fun delight, too.

And no matter how large or small the rug is, I always use a rug pad over hard surfaces like wood or stone to keep the rug from moving or slipping underfoot.

Have some fun, pick something you can afford and that you like, and your area rug will be a worthwhile addition to any room.

Until next time!

-Elaine Bothe

Resources and photo credits:

DWR Patterned Round “Rangoli Rug”

Room photos courtesy of Room & Board.

To find out how handmade rugs are created, rug care and an amazing collection of information, check out “Rug Education” courtesy of Madison Millinger Rugs.

Interesting article “On The Floor: Rugs that Go For The Bold” of Emma Gardner’s “Spray” rug courtesy of The Washington Post.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 12:01 AM 


Blogger Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

I love round rugs but always struggle to work around it,

December 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Hans said...

Thank you for a very informative and interesting post. Moving your smaller area rugs around from room to room to create a fresh look is a very smart idea that rug owners need to consider. Area rugs do not need to match the exact colors of walls or furniture and can be used as a compliment to the overall color scheme of a room, as you are suggesting. Area rugs make a big difference in any space and should be considered as an investment due to the fact that they last for a very long time. When decorating a room, it is usually wise to pick the area rug before any other piece of furniture. It would also be a good idea for owners of these works of art to learn the basics for their care and maintenance as to prolong the lifespan of their investment.

February 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

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