Decorating a room for the Holidays, or just decorating your home can either be an adventure or feel very scary, depending on how you feel about your decorating skills and how willing you are to take chances and make mistakes in the process. One famous decorator told me that she takes a truck-load of accessories to the client’s home to try out, as even she, with years of practice cannot always pre-judge what will look the best without trying several objects in the room. Reading blogs with lots of beautiful rooms allows you to develop your eye and is also a good way to discover what you like and what you can’t stand. Over time, it can spark ideas which will pay off when you start your decorating project, whether it is by yourself or with the help of a professional decorator. Today we’ll look at four rooms by leading designers-they are enjoyable to look at and also offer insights that could help you succeed in your design project.
Add Drama and Beauty with Dark Walls, Chinoiserie and Oriental Rug
Designer Meg Braff chose mossy green velvet wall covering, stunning lichen green ceiling molding, door and window trim, black and gold Chinoiserie screen, white ceiling, crystal chandelier and anchored it all with a blue and red oriental rug to create an elegant and dramatic atmosphere in this gorgeous dining room. Image courtesy House Beautiful.
Designer Meg Braff built a lavish dining room around the rich jewel tones of a red and blue Oriental rug with gold and white accent colors. The dark green walls of the room, paired with the rich wood of the traditional furnishings and black and gold oriental screen provides a dramatic backdrop for an intimate gathering. Braff’s use of candles and selective bright accent pieces lightens the atmosphere, providing a playful punch of color and personality to the space. Seasonal flair is readily added with an arrangement of pink peonies and topiaries.
Create Sophisticated Atmosphere by Mixing Modern Art and Traditional Rug
Designer Natasha Baradara chose neutral fabrics for the dining chairs and the walls to provide an appropriate setting for Joan Miró’s surrealist painting in this California dining room. She chose a red and blue traditional oriental rug to add warmth and depth and also to add contrast to the modern art. Image courtesy Traditional Home Magazine.
The relatively neutral backdrop of the grass cloth wallpaper provides a unique opportunity for the savvy homeowner to bring in seasonal decorative items to enhance any celebration. As with so many fabulous rooms, this dining room includes elements from a number of different styles, unified by the bright palette of the rug. If taking the “collected” approach to decorating seems too big a challenge, consider the bold philosophy of interior guru Bunny Williams, “I like an interior that defies labeling.” By choosing elements you feel passionately about, whether occasional pieces of a seasonal nature or more permanent fixtures like the delightful Miró painting here, you’ll have a functional room for any celebration.
Create Holiday Warmth with Field Stones, Natural Light and Gold Rug
Tall windows, stone fireplace and a gold Oushak rug create a warm living room that is easily transformed to welcome family and friends for the Holidays. Photo: John Bessler. Image courtesy Traditional Home Magazine.
When you live in the heart of Michigan, creating rooms that wrap visitors in an immediately warm welcome is essential. Here, with a stunning Oushak rug in ones of gold and taupe, Lucy Earl has done just that. The neutral palette receives a tremendous boost from the gilded accents in the rug and upholstery fabrics. This is further punctuated with cheer by the golden pots, baubles, and other decorative pieces sprinkled throughout the rooms. You can immediately visualize a celebratory scene, where guests gather around the piano for heart-felt sing alongs under the twinkle of the iron chandelier.
Add Warmth to Modern Style with Floral Wallcovering and Oushak Rug
Rafael de Cárdenas added unmistakable flair to this London dining room with hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. Photo: Simon Upton. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
A bubbly vintage chandelier sits atop this open, intriguing dining room where a Karl Springer table and Grosfield House chairs nestle are softened by a cream and gold Oushak rug. The flood of natural light amplifies the warm glow of the Pedro Sousa copper-leaf cabinet, providing dash of mystery within the space. This is another example of how simple accents within a relatively neutral room can provide an immediate seasonal transformation – the bouquets on the table give an autumnal feeling, when swapped for rich reds or evergreens with metallic hints, you’ve can transition this fabulous room for winter holiday celebrations.