The 14 fabulous interiors in today's post show how leading interior designers decorate with needlepoint rugs and red rugs. These rooms show:
- How to create beautiful traditional and contemporary living rooms with pink and red rugs
- How to derive a room's color palette from a needlepoint rug
- How to create different atmospheres with the same needlepoint rug
- How to freshen or completely change the decor of a room while keeping the same needlepoint rug
- How to create two fabulous adjoining spaces with two needlepoint rugs of the same design
- How to accentuate the rooms architecture with a needlepoint rug
Needlepoint rugs are a quintessentially English art form. Which is why this stunning red and gold needlepoint rug in the library of the Paris home of the exiled Duke of Windsor must have reminded him of the palaces he left behind in England after he abdicated from the throne in 1936 to marry the twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson whose portrait hangs above the fireplace. The interior design was done by Stéphane Boudin of Maison Jansen. The red accents in the needlepoint rug are connect with a red armchair and a collection of red leather-bound books.
1. Design an upbeat living room with colors derived from a red, pink and yellow needlepoint rug. The living room's pink and yellow color palette was inspired by a red needlepoint rug. This red rug has pink highlights which are carried to the upholstered chair, ottoman and pillows. To balance the cooling effect of pink the walls are painted warm yellow and the two chairs facing the magnificent garden view are upholstered in yellow. Interior design by Kelly Proxmire.
1A. Distribute the colors from the needlepoint rug throughout the room with accessories. Another view of the Kelly Proxmire designed living room shows how the pinks of the rug were carried through to the armchairs and the porcelain plates on the wall.
2. Create a vibrant traditional living room by pairing complementary colors with a red and cream needlepoint rug. Blue is a complementary color to the red in the Bergamo needlepoint rug. Upholstering the wing chairs and ottoman in deep blue and introducing blue porcelain pieces adds energy to this living room designed by Susan Nelson. The red Venetian plaster walls were inspired by the reds in the Bergamo needlepoint rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
3. Fashion a serene traditional bedroom by pairing analogous colors with a red and cream needlepoint rug. Yellow and gold are analogous colors to the red in the Bergamo needlepoint rug so by using a yellow, gold and cream bedspread and yellow pillows designer Susan Nelson created a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in the bedroom. Note that the exact same rug was used in the living room pictured above, where the designer created a more energetic atmosphere by using large amounts of a vibrant greenish-blue. These two rooms show you how you can create very different atmospheres with the same needlepoint rug. However this bedroom also needs a gentle spark of energy so the designer upholstered the headboard in blue and then distributed the blue across the room to the bench which is upholstered in a cream, blue and red floral fabric. Finally the adjacent sitting room is visually linked to the bedroom with a blue sofa. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
4. Freshen the decor to mid-century modern with the same classic needlepoint rug. A well designed classic needlepoint rug is always in style. This means you can completely change the style of the room around the same rug. This sitting room by Eric Guenther shows a mid-century modern sitting room with the same Bergamo needlepoint rug seen in the traditional living room and bedroom in pictures 2 and 3. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
5. Add contemporary flair to Chinoiserie with a multicolor floral needlepoint rug. Derive a color palette of apple green and red from the Branches needlepoint rug and mix antique Chinoiserie furniture with contemporary accessories as in this living room design by Koch Studios. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
6. Make an original statement by pairing blue and white fabrics with a multicolor floral needlepoint rug. Forego the predictable blue and white rug and create a distinctive impression by pairing blue and white upholstery and pillows with a cheerful floral rug that has blue accents such as the Branches needlepoint rug in this stunning living room in a Naples, Florida home designed by Marla Stan. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Pictures 5 and 6 show how you can design very different style rooms around the Branches needlepoint rug
6A. This view of Marla Stan's design shows the interplay between the geometry of the white paneled ceiling and the organic pattern of the Branches needlepoint rug which was made from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by the 18th century silk brocades of Anna Maria Garthwaite. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
7. Uplift a light filled living room with a red and gold geometric needlepoint rug. Paint the walls and ceiling white for a light and airy feeling and them pair it with a stunning red and gold geometric needlepoint rug such as the Agra needlepoint rug in this Sea Island, GA living room designed by Lisa Torbett Interiors. Create a soft transition from the red needlepoint rug to the white walls with a creamy-yellow sofa and pale yellow coffee table. Try to create multiple levels of resonances as in the interplay between the geometry of the needlepoint rug and the arches in the balcony. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
8. Spark romance with coral walls and red and cream needlepoint rug. If red denotes passion then its gentler cousin coral speaks of romance. Since coral is analogous to the red in the needlepoint rug, the room feels calm. Now you need to add some energy and this is where the blue and green porcelain and majolica and the green velvet upholstered chair come in. Image found on The Enchanted Home Blog.
9. Enhance sunroom with a coral themed needlepoint rug. Pair a coral, green and cream Flowing Coral needlepoint rug with contemporary art and French forties style McGuire furniture as in this chic sunroom by Koch Studio. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
10. Enliven a stately English living room with a colorful Bessarabian needlepoint rug. Select yellow, green and red fabrics based on the colors in a multicolored needlepoint rug such as the Moldova needlepoint rug as in this classic iving room designed by Bunny Williams.
The Moldova 2103C needlepoint rug has both cool and warm colors. The warm reds, yellow and gold are balanced by cool greens, blue, and lilac. Dark brown accents add contrast and pick up wood tones in furniture. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
11. Harmonize the living and dining areas of an open plan room by anchoring them on matching floral needlepoint rugs. This gorgeous garden room designed by Justine Sancho shows you can link the two spaces by using the same rug and at the same time give each space a distinctive look by choosing different colors to play off from the Mid Summer Night needlepoint rug. The dining area has red fabrics which pick up the reds in the rug and the sitting area has gold fabrics which echo the golds and yellows in the rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
11A. A pair of gold sofas and a gold day bed pick up on the golds in the Mid Summer Night needlepoint rug while the red pillow connects with the red in the rug. The tree of life pattern of the rug resonates with the garden outside. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
12. Brighten a stately library with an English needlepoint rug. Use a colorful needlepoint rug that has a mix of floral and architectural motifs such as the Canterbury needlepoint rug to bring color and energy as in this home office and library designed by the client with the assistance of Polly McKenna of the Kellogg Collection. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
13. Enrich a French forties style living room with a classic English needlepoint rug. The unexpected pairing of French forties style furniture with the Canterbury needlepoint rug gives the room a modern and cheerful energy. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
14. Cheer up a traditional living room with a floral needlepoint rug. Add a lively energy to a traditional room with red accent pieces such as the red velvet upholstered ottoman that picks up the red tones in the Summer needlepoint rug. Distribute reds accross the room as in this living room designed by Greenwich, Connecticut interior designer Cindy Rinfret.
The Bergamo Needlepoint Rug was chosen by Susan Nelson for the rooms in pictures 2 and 3 and by Eric Guenther for the living room in picture 4. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on APR 10, 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.