How to Decorate Fearlessly with Orange Rugs

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If you believe that decorating with orange rugs is something only a nostalgic hippy with a penchant for shag carpeting would do, you will be surprised to learn that the color soothsayers at Pantone named Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year. Since there is sometimes a lag before colors forecasted by Pantone begin to show up in women's fashion and even a longer lag before high end orange rugs begin appearing, you are well ahead of the fashion curve if you are contemplating decorating with orange rugs. You will be happy to learn that orange is one of the most flattering colors on the color wheel. In varying hues, it works with just about every skin tone and color scheme. You can saturate a room with it, or use it sparingly via little bursts of color sprinkled around the room. It's a color for both the color-proud and the color-phobic. You can try it on its own or with complementary colors like yellow or contrasting colors such as blue and green. It can be infused into traditional design or take center stage in a modern aesthetic style.  Read More

How to Add Chic Energy to Rooms with Damask Rugs in Modern Colors

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Beautiful silk damask fabrics in the Victoria and Albert Museum show that this art developed in ancient Damascus and Byzantium. Modern damask rugs are inspired by ancient damask fabrics but they have fresh, contemporary colors. An artistically colored damask rug can be used to give modern rooms a feeling of sophistication and history. Modern damask rugs are also perfect for bringing youthful energy to traditional decorating. AD100 interior designer David Kleinberg could have been speaking about modern damask rugs when he said, “When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy.” Damask rugs bring a chic energy to a room because they combine ancient patterns with modern colorations.  Take a look at the stylish energy in the rooms pictured below and learn how damask rugs are the perfect jumping off point for creating chic and invigorating rooms. Read More

Celebrity Aubusson Rugs in Traditional and Modern Interiors

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The story of Aubusson rugs can be told in three acts. In the first act, the mid-1600s versions of these hand-woven tapestry rugs have not survived so we can only speculate that they probably looked somewhat like the flat-woven kilims of the near-east because the art of tapestry weaving is thought to have come from members of the invading Saracen army who stayed behind and settled in France after the battle of Poitiers in 732 A.D. Act two opens after 1750, with Aubusson rugs adopting the grand, floral style of the plush, much lauded, exclusively royal and oft-envied Savonnerie carpet. The final act brought forth Aubusson rugs woven in the mid 1800's during the reign of the last King of France, Louis Philippe. These Aubusson rugs have a romantic blend of floral and architectural elements that we now think of as the typical Aubusson rug look. When you think of Aubusson rugs, you may have a very strict and rigid interpretation of how they should be used. You may have visions of old French country estates filled with rooms decked out with heady and intoxicating baroque elements or spaces filled with softer but still elaborate rococo furnishings. If so, it's time to broaden your vision: Aubusson rugs can be placed in rooms as varied and diverse as their history. Read More

3 Ways to Bring Nature’s Tranquil Beauty Indoors with Green Rugs

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Green is a truly versatile color. Like blue, it is on the cool side of the color spectrum, so using green rugs and other green elements will create a feeling of calm in your rooms. Green is also nature’s favorite color and is found along side every color found in nature from yellow and red to blue and purple. You can create pop by juxtaposing red, yellow, orange on an other warm color on a green rug. Or, you can create tonal variations with many shades of green ranging from yellow green to blue green.  Green rugs also work well with neutrals such as white, tan, black and gray. Read More

How to Design Young and Alluring Interiors with Oushak Rugs: 4 Tips

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Modern Oushak rugs are an artful combination of ancient patterns and modern colorations. These Oushak rugs will add depth to modern interiors and or they can be use to give a modern look to traditional rooms. If you find bright colors intimidating, then you will find softly colored Oushak rugs very easy to work with. If you love vibrant colors, then too you can find Oushak rugs that make it easy to introduce color in a unified and calming way. Modern Oushak rugs come in a wide range of colors and you can pick the perfect Oushak rug to bring in just the right amount of color that you desire. But before we go any further I would like to remind you of a wise saying by House Beautiful Magazine's Top 100 Designer, Christina Murphy, "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging." Murphy could have been speaking about modern Oushak rugs as they are help you introduce punches of color and make a room feel youthful and engaging. We will learn four different ways to decorate with Oushak rugs that allow you to introduce either vibrant or very soft colors into a room. Read More

How to Decorate in Celebrity Style with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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Ever since the cover of Architectural Digest featured a fabulous Louis XV Aubusson rug in the updated Manhattan penthouse of White House interior designer Michael S. Smith, Aubusson rugs have become all the rage with trend setting interior designers who like to combine the best aspects of modern with great classical designs. In this blog post we will learn how with a few quick moves, and perfectly chosen Aubusson rug can make your home look like a celebrity's. Read More

How to Avoid Mistakes when Decorating with Blue Rugs: 3 Tips

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Blue is a notoriously challenging color to decorate with.  Illustrator Scott Adams said that “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” However, it is easy to make mistakes with blue. Yet, when blue is used to its best advantage, the results are magical. If you want to challenge your creativity with blue, but need to minimize costly mistakes, you can start with one of three simple techniques to create a glorious room. Read More

Bring Chic Luxury to Living Rooms with Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

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Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is Architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” The iconic French designer very well could have been speaking about Aubusson Rugs, which also have origins in the same Mecca of fashion and design. Aubusson rugs are patterned after the stunning tapestries created in the Aubusson region for centuries. Read More

How to Pick Aubusson Rugs For Stylish and Peaceful Blue Rooms

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For those who live hectic lives where time seems in short supply - the calming effect of rooms designed with blue Aubusson rugs carry waves of peaceful feelings. Anyone wishing to cultivate more restful feelings in the home can make great use of Aubusson rug with blue accents. Previous blog posts on decorating with blue rugs have pointed out that blue rooms that do not have any warm colors such as beige, yellow or gold can feel cold. A room feels inviting and calming when it has a balance of cool and warm colors. The three stylish interiors in today's post demonstrate how to achieve this balance.. Read More

Four Stylish Ways of Decorating with Green Rugs and Emerald Green

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If you've been thinking about decorating with green rugs, it might interest you to know that the all-knowing color experts at Pantone have declared Emerald Green as the 2013 Color of the Year. While I do not believe a room's color palette should be determined solely by what Pantone happens to declare as the color of the year, it is still helpful to know this, if for no other reason than it explains why so many fashion houses, interior design companies and décor magazines are coming up with rugs and fabrics with splashes of jewel-toned viridian. Rich, vibrant emerald green is a color used to promote benevolence and harmony, and it can also be used to help bring clarity and lucidity to a room. With all of the emerald dresses, accessories and furniture being made, I wanted to take a longer perspective, as we should do in interior design, and show how to great interior designers decorate with green rugs. Following the examples of these designers will help us design rooms with green rugs that will look stylish not just this year, but hopefully, five and ten years from now. Read More