When choosing a rug to go with mid-century modern furniture, the predictable thing to do would be to select a mid-century modern rug such as the two rugs shown below. Asmara Design Consultant Alexis McDermott chose the Istana decorative rug because it brings the excitement of the unexpected and creates a richer mix.
Asmara Design Consultant Alexis McDermott has taken a modern, updated and relaxed approach to tradition in this living room scheme with brown, taupe, green and purple accents pulled together by an Istana decorative rug.
The plush undulating stripes of the sea blue contemporary wool rug give this living room a warm and comfortable feel. Try this thought experiment- imagine how this room would feel if the rug was removed. Image courtesy Brad Ford.
I have never seen an interior designer who can play with color and shapes so elegantly, simply and with such powerful impact as Amanda Nisbet. The cream, red, brown and tan oval swirls in the contemporary wool rug impart a dancing energy to this living room. Image courtesy Amanda Nisbet.
The gray contemporary wool and silk rug is a surprise in this otherwise tradtional room. By selecting a contemporay rug Melanie Elston energized this room with a clean and fresh feel.
Rooms that are too contemporary feel cold and rooms that only have traditional furnishings tend towards the stuffy. Interior designers who have mastered the art of mixing different styles, textures, colors and materials are the most sought after today. Their work looks fresh and timeless. Today we feature one such designer- Melanie Elston, recognized by both Traditional Home Magazine and House Beautiful Magazine as one of the young interior designers to watch in 2011.
In an interview with Traditional Home, Melanie Elston explained, “I really love to design an eclectic interior, using unexpected pieces. I like to work in vintage houses, but to bring in modern pieces of furniture and accessories as well as antiques.”
Melanie Elston demonstrates her ability to blend traditional and contemporary styles in this living room. The furniture, moldings and fireplace are all traditional, but they are antchored by a contemporary wool and silk rug.The contemporary wool and silk rug gives this traditional room a clean and fresh look.
Notice how Melanie has balanced the the cool gray colors of the contemporary rug with the warm dark brown tones of the wood floor and the fireplace mantle. The seating area is defined by the contemporary rug and it is surrrounded by the warmth of the dark wood floor. The walls are again a cool gray and the white cieling creates pleasing relief.
In this hallway Melanie Elston placed a gray-blue wool contemporay rug runner on a dark brown wood floor. In the room to the right she juxtaposed a traditional wallpaper in a vibrant blue damask pattern.
The energy of Melanie Elston's mix of contemporary and traditional elements is powerful.
Melanie Elston worked with Oprah Winfrey's Nate Berkus before starting her own firm
“When a friend or family member enters my client’s house and says ‘this is so you!’ I know I’ve done my job well,” says Elston. “Home should be a comfortable reflection of our best self. My goal and greatest joy is to understand what makes each client unique and to translate that essence into a beautiful space.”
"I also love bringing spaces to life with textiles-great mixtures of textures, colors, and patterns. My personal favorite is neutral backgrounds with punches of color".
Melanie told Traditional Home Magazine that her favoirite design period was 1940's French and Italian. The magazine then followed with this question "Given carte blanche, would you design an entire interior in '40s vintage pieces?
Melanie holding true to her genius for mixing replied:
"I would never do a whole room in it. But I would use a '40s table and other '40s pieces as accents".
Mosaic a contemporary wool rug in 1940's French style with silk highlights and hand spun wool in many shades of gray-blue.
Carrier and Company unified this sleek and stylish living room with a pastel striped Oriental rug for the 2011 Elle Decor Concept House. Image courtesy Carrier & Co.
Jessie Carrier and Mara Miller are among three of Elle Decor’s top designers to watch in 2011. The striped oriental rug has blue, greenish yellow, copper, brass and dark brown stripes to pull together all the colors in the room. Image courtesy Carrier & Co.
The vibrant colors in this Provence living room are in the sofa and the abstract painting and these are balanced by the cream walls and the muted gold, beige and persimmon in the oriental rug. Read Bunny's quotes below for insights into her decorating approach. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.
A room like this allows you to wade slowly into deep serenity while enjoying a wonderful day with friends, or just spend a few quiet hours relaxing.
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