24 Chic Rooms: How to Mix Bold Colors, Patterns and Decorative Rugs

If you love color and pattern but are afraid to use them, a great way to gain confidence and learn is to look at the work of a decorator who has mastered the art of making a room come alive with boldly colored fabrics and stylish decorative rugs. There is no better practitioner of this art than Katie Ridder whose work has been published in Elle Decor, The New York Times, House Beautiful and Domino to name just a few. “Her colors were so unusual and so perfect,” a client told the Franklin Report. Another client summed up Ridder’s designs as “Left of center, enough to grab your eye, but not too far left,” and another one calls her interiors “Bohemian elegance.” I have chosen 24 of the most beautiful Ridder interiors for today’s post.

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The library in a Bronxville, NY home is encased in dark wood paneling. To bring more light into the room Ridder chose a gold, red and blue decorative rug and created pops of color with the red and pink sofa and Suzani fabric draped over the sofa.

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The far wall of the library is enlivened with vintage photographs and an Impressionist landscape.

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Another view of the library wall.

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This small library’s walls and bookcases were painted a deep medium blue to create a feeling of being cosseted. Red velvet sofas and a gold geometric rug add warm contrasting colors.

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Blue walls, aqua book cases and yellow chairs are pulled together into a delicious composition by a beige and cream Greek Key geometric rug.

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A green and gold Greek key rug adds texture and subtle pattern and pulls together the green walls, aqua sofa and white bookcases.

 

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An orange sofa, orange floor lamps and blue pillows create pops of lively color against the backdrop of a beige decorative rug. The intricate ottoman fabric and Moroccan side tables add interesting detail and international flair.

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A blue, white and beige geometric tile floor adds pattern and warm color to balance the plain blue fabrics and crisp whites in this beautiful sunroom in a home in Arkansas.

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A lilac canopy day bed in a girls bedroom feels both serene and lively. The intricate round metal disc resonates with the finely patterned canopy fabric and the white bed linen adds crisp contrast.

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Pale lilac-blue walls provide a serene backdrop for the 1962 Hans Hoffman painting and the colors of the painting are picked up by a cream and blue Oushak rug. A Biedermeier dining table adds warm color and sculptural shape while a white fireplace and white Chelsea tufted side chairs add crisp contrast and shapes. 

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The vibrant orange of the plush sofa pop against lilac walls and white sculpted window shades add an exotic touch that is picked up the curved mirror and purple and white Ikat chair fabric. A blue and white Greek key geometric rug pulls all the elements into harmony.  

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In an Arkansas dining room vibrant yellowish-green walls add a fresh feeling and complement the purple and lavender of the dining chairs and the geometric rug. A mirrored globe chandelier reflects light from the white ceiling and multiplies the objects in the room.

 

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A mirrored sideboard reflects the brown and white geometric rug and expands the feeling of space in this dining room. A Japanese weeping tree wallcovering and Ikat chair add color and organic pattern.

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Deep aqua paneled walls pop against the white neoclassical ceiling. The fretwork dining chair and the square patterns in the wood floor balance the circular and oval ceiling motifs.

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The golden glow from the large atrium print warms and expands this dining room while adding pattern, light and color. Rounded aqua dining chairs pop against the yellow print and the brown decorative rug with an overscale floral pattern. 

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A collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain jars contrasts with red dining chair fabrics and resonates with the cream and blue Oushak rug while silvered wallcovering adds reflective light and it’s brown pattern connects with the dark wood accents in the room. Arrangements of pink magnolias complete the lyrical beauty of this dining room. 

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A sliding ladder allows access to the top level shelves solving the storage problem in this handsome blue and white kitchen.

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Accents of red, orange, green and blue pop against the brown sofa while the brown geometric rug movement and energy.

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An orange sofa with curved contours pops against the white walls of this light filled traditional room. A cream, red and blue needlepoint rug add pattern, color and dynamic movement.

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A blue sofa, blue drapes and a white geometric rug create a serene feeling in this living room that has subtle exotic touches such as the scalloped edges of the drapes, Moroccan table and red Tibetan side tables. 

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Pale blue walls, aqua bookcases and blue geometric rug envelope this library in blue which makes the orange, red and yellows to pop. A mix of textures adds interest.

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A giant yellow and blue abstract painting brings energy and contrasts with traditional furniture in this colorful living room with purple and green fabrics.

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This view of the living room shows a mix of exotic elements such as the Safari hat and trunk, campaigner’s coffee table and leather and wood chair all anchored by a red Oushak rug. The arched doorway in the wall resonates with the curves in the abstract art.

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Green window trim adds a crisp and refreshing feeling to this home office. The red leather pouf and brown sofa add warm colors and softness to balance the geometric tile floor.

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 Blue Art Nouveau wall covering adds life to this bathroom while white trim contrasts with the dark brown floor that balances the cool blues.

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White walls, ceiling and fixtures bring out the luminosity of the blue Moroccan tiles while the crystal chandelier adds a luxurious and intricate contrast.

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Pale aqua window trim and walls create a refreshing stair case while the striped runner rug adds pops of red and pink that pick up the colors in the framed prints. The circular elements in the light fixture balance the linear motifs in this space.

Images courtesy Elle Decor, Katie Ridder and House Beautiful

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