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16 Ways to Coordinate Designer Rugs in Open Plan Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 12, 2017 1:21:00 AM

It is easy to worry about breaking some unwritten rules when choosing designer rugs for open plan spaces and adjoining rooms. Readers have asked us if the rugs should be coordinated, or if they should be different. Should they choose rugs that have similar colors or contrasting colors? Can they mix contemporary rugs with traditional rugs in a great room? The 18 rooms in today's post will show you that the many exciting ways interior designers have devised for visually linking rooms and open spaces through rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. After seeing these 18 examples, you will feel freer to try your own ideas putting aside the fear of breaking some unknown design rules.

 

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For the saloon of his Colorado ranch Ralph Lauren layered multiple antique Navajo rugs at angles to create a rugged atmosphere. The red geometric rugs are linked both by their colors and their style. Layering rugs at angles has became a signature style for Ralph Lauren.

 

Questions readers ask:

1. How to use multiple rugs in a room

2. How to mix and match designer rugs
3. Should designer rugs coordinate?
4. Can designer rugs in adjoining rooms be of different patterns?
4. Is it OK to use matching area rugs?
5. Can I use the same area rug twice?
6. Is it OK to use matching area rugs?
7. When decorating a great room with dining and living spaces, do the rugs need to match?
8. Should you use the same rug in the dining and living room?
9. How to pick area rug for a dining room to go with the rug in open living area
10. How to find a match for your oriental rug
11. Is it OK to have mismatched area rugs in a room?
12. Should three rugs in an open concept space have the same design?
13. Can you have the same color rugs throughout the house?
14. How to layer a rug on a carpet in a living room
15. How to coordinate rugs between rooms
16. What style carpet runners work best when oriental rugs in adjoining rooms can be seen?



1. How to use multiple rugs in a room

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 The two rugs in this open plan living room work because they are of a similar style- both are Oushak rugs, even though their colors are different. The larger sitting area by the window is defined by a dark brown Oushak rug and the smaller sitting area near the fireplace has a pale green Oushak rug with red and golds. The walls have been painted different but complementary colors which helps tie the two different colored rugs into a harmonious composition.  


2. How to mix and match designer rugs

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A great way to mix and match rugs, furniture, architecture and art is to create an imaginative link between the styles of the objects and at the same time old and new, rough and smooth, sleek and rustic as in this contemporary living room in a Hamptons house by Francis D’Haene of D'Apostrophe Designs. Two red and pink vintage Moroccan rugs are juxtaposed with white cubist sofas, white walls, a minimalist fireplace and a South African sculpture . The message here is that cubist art is inspired by African sculpture and art. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

3. Should designer rugs coordinate?  

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There are many different ways of  coordinating designer rugs. A very chic way is to pair rugs that have similar colors but are in contrasting styles. The two rugs in the sitting areas of this open plan room in a mid-century Los Angeles house by Windsor Smith have similar colors but very different styles- one is an intricate oriental rug and the other an open pattern contemporary rug and this contrast creates a memorable and unique look. The dining area's bare wood floors add another layer of contrast. Image courtesy Veranda. 

 

4. Can designer rugs in adjoining rooms be of different patterns?

 

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 Juxtaposing rugs of different patterns in adjoining rooms can create a very chic look as illustrated in these adjacent living room and library in a Fifth Avenue, New York apartment by AD 100 Designer Thomas O'Brien. The pale blue-green contemporary geometric rug in the living room creates a stylistic contrast with the intricate dark blue-green oriental rug in the library. The two rugs are linked by their blue-green coloration and at the same time they create a lively contrast. The polished dark wood floor showing between the two rugs adds adds another contrast. Image courtesy Veranda.

 

5. Can I use the same area rug twice?

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You can use the same rug twice and create a serene and stylish atmosphere. Make sure to add contrast with color, texture and materials as illustrated in this open plan room in the Washington Design Center by AD100 Designer Thomas Pheasant. Pheasant used the same Marbella Oriental Rug to define two meeting areas. He added contrast by using dark wood tones, white stone table tops and cream leather upholstery. Pheasant then created linkages by using with metallic gold wallcovering on alternate walls so they resonate with the gold border of the rugs. Image courtesy Thomas Pheasant Interior Design.

 

6. Is it OK to use matching area rugs?

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It is OK to use matching oriental rugs in an open plan great room as illustrated by this double height space in a home in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood by AD 100 designer Thomas Britt. Britt heightened interest by using the colors taken from the rugs in different parts of the the two functional areas of the room. The living area uses red in the upholstery and drapery trim and the dining area uses red in the recessed wall shelves. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

7. When decorating a great room with dining and living spaces, do the rugs need to match?

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The rugs in the living and dining areas of a great room do not  have to match, but you can use the same rugs in both spaces and create a uniquely stylish as illustrated in this garden facing great room by Potomac, Maryland designer Justine Sancho used two identical Mid Summer Night Oriental Rugs for both the living and dining area. Sancho added energy and movement by picking up the yellows and golds in the rug in the upholstery in the living area and carrying the reds from the rug to the dining chairs. Image courtesy Justine Sancho.

 

8. Should you use the same rug in the dining and living room? 

 

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You dont have to use the same rug in the living room and dining room, but you should try to create a visual link between the two rooms through a design element or theme that is carried from the living room to the dining room  as illustrated in a Palm Beach house by AD100 Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux. Molyneux linked the two rooms by using colorful overscale floral motifs in different parts of the two rooms. In the living room the floral motif appears in the drapery and sofa fabrics and in the dining room (see below) the floral motif is used more extensively creating a joyful atmosphere. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

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In the family dining room Molyneux carries the colorful floral motif to a crescendo by using it exuberantly in the oversized needlepoint rug, arched drapes and walls. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

9. How to pick area rug for a dining room to go with the rug in open living area
 

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Choose rugs in a similar color palette to create a serene and elegant atmosphere as AD100 designer David Easton did in this great room in an Aspen, Colorado home. The rugs in the two sitting areas and the dining area and the dining area have the same pale color palette as do the upholstery and dining chairs. Make sure you add energy by introducing contrast as Easton did with dark weathered wood floors and dark wood furniture. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.  

 

10.  How to find a match for your oriental rug

 

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There are many ways to find a match for your oriental rug. If the oriental rug has a large scale pattern such as the rug in the main sitting area of this living room, then find an oriental rug in a similar color palette but with a small scale pattern as in the fireside sitting area of this living room in a Minnesota home designed by Jeanne Blenkushin. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

11. Is it OK to have mismatched area rugs in a room?

 

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It is not only OK but stylish to use two mismatched area rugs in a room as illustrated in this great room of a Richmond, Virginia home by AD100 Designer Bunny Williams. The sitting area's cream and beige oriental rug has a field pattern of large open scrolls while the red and gold oriental rug in in the background has an intricate pattern. While these two rugs do not match, Williams linked them by carrying the red from the rug to the red pillows and red table lamp in the sitting area. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

12. Should three rugs in an open concept space have the same design? 

 

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The three rugs in an open concept space do not have to have the same design, nor do they have to match as illustrated in this chic open plan living and dining space. Two dissimilar rugs define two sitting areas and a third dissimilar rug anchors the dining area in this open plan room in a Malibu, California home by Este Stanley Interiors. The rugs are placed at angles in aligned with the walls of this angled room. A beige contemporary rug anchors the taupe sofa on the left and a long green and gold oriental rug pulls together two green chaise longues in the sitting area on the right. An oriental rug placed parallel to the angled garden facing windows anchors the dining area. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

13. Can you have the same color rugs throughout the house?

 

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You can use the same color rug in the dining and living area such as the two cream rugs in this open plan room. Remember to create interest by adding contrast as in this room where polished dark wood floors contrast with cream rugs and cream ceiling and apricot drapes, walls and upholstery add color while apple green accents create pop.

 

14. How to layer a rug on a carpet in a living room 

 

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Layer an oriental rug on a flatweave rug as this will keep the rug from moving. Avoid using a pile carpet as an underlay as it will not keep the top rug securely in place. In this living room in a Tudor Revival home in Washington, D.C. by AD100 designer Darryl Carter, a beige, gold and coral Oushak rug is layered on top of a larger flatweave carpet that has a similar but lighter color palette. The dark wood floor and dark wood furniture add contrast. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

15. How to coordinate rugs between rooms

 

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A great way to coordinate rugs between rooms is to choose rug that have similar colors but contrasting patterns as in this home on Long Island Sound in Connecticut by AD100 designer Mariette Himes Gomez. The cream, gray and red Bessarabian rug at the entrance of the great room introduces enlivening pattern and colors that contrast with with the two similar cream rugs in the dining and living areas. Dark wood furniture and dark bands in the pale wood floor add further contrast. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

16. What style carpet runners work best when oriental rugs in adjoining rooms can be seen? 

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You can create a stylish look by pairing carpet runners of a different style with oriental rugs that can be seen in adjoining rooms as in this chic stair landing where a tonal beige stair runner with a leaf pattern provides a soothing contrast to the high contrast black and white marble floor and two jewel toned traditional oriental rugs in colors that do not coordinate. These three mismatched rugs create a sophisticated look that feels "collected, not decorated". Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

 

Tags: Darryl Carter, Thomas Britt, Ralph Lauren, Juan Pablo Molyneux, Windsor Smith, Bunny Williams, David Easton, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O'Brien, Justine Sancho, Thomas Pheasant, Jeanne Blenkushin, Este Stanley Interiors, Francis D’Haene, D'Apostrophe Design

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