Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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 can be colorful, bold statements that acce

nt 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 can 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 usually get too concerned about the colors matching exactly.

Like works of art, I like to 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 light, 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 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 photos courtesy of:

DWR Patterned Round “Rangoli Rug”

Fieldcrest Luxury Tapestry Rug (the orange floral)

Interesting article “On The Floor: Rugs that Go For The Bold” of Emma Gardner’s “Spray” rug courtesy of The Washington Post. Photo by Tom McCavera. (the blue floral rug)

Room photos courtesy of Room & Board.

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