Best Rugs- Oushak Carpet-7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther, 1 .
Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founded Whim Designs and Studio Pink, two fabulous interior design studios San Juan Capistrano, CA. Focused on teaching others about creating timeless and beautiful interiors, Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home. To learn more plase visit: http://whimhome.com/
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1. Start with the best rugs such as a subtly colored Oushak Carpet.
I always begin the designing of a room with a couple of key pieces of furniture, and the best quality rugs, particularly if it is a large rug.
I look for the quality of the rug’s color composition and the pleasure of looking at it.
Often a client will say, 'Where do we start? Where do we come up with our inspiration? Should I pick a fabric I like? Should I pull a picture out of a magazine and build backward from that?'
My advice is: look at all of those things, and many other things, even your experience having gone to a hotel, or a restaurant, or someone else's home that you loved. These are all a good foundation for inspiration.
But, more than anything else, start with a rug or a work of art. It is extremely difficult to put together an entire room, and then, as an almost afterthought, think, "Wow, now we need to go find an area rug", and try to find something that fits right into that perfect slot.
2. Use the best rugs to help you balance the colors of the room
Asmara Oushak Lycia 3211CB has a cream field framed by a sea-blue border with sea-green highlights.
There will be a wealth of information in the rug that provides you with a source of not only inspiration, but guidance as to the range of colors to be used - and work backward from that.
The very best rugs suggest a balance of color, how to use it, where to place it in the room, and where to go from there. This actually simplifies the process.
The rug is always the inspiration for what drives the entire space.
3. Use a soft palette Oushak carpet with interesting texture to enhance the mix.
Asmara Oushak Lycia 3211BB has a sea blue field framed by a sea blue border with green highlights.
The beauty of these Oushak rugs is enhanced by their very unique texture, with areas that are looped and those that are pile. This textural mix adds interest to a room.
The color palette in these rugs is created by dyeing the hand spun yarn in a way that creates a great number of colors and many additional shades of each color. The special hand spun yarn takes the dye in slightly different variations. The combination of all the colors is subtle and harmonious.
It is wonderful to work with these Oushak rugs, because instead of feeling like you're covering part of something you should not, you're actually enhancing the mix.
Eric's Decorating Tips 4 to 7 appear in tomorrow's post.