We are all in pursuit of a space that is both comfortable and eye-catching. Design legend Albert Hadley advised, “Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living.” It’s a formula that you can easily follow by emulating Michael S. Smith who is one of the most gifted and highly respected decorator of our day. We’ll take a look at his newly renovated New York penthouse, that was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, and learn how he used gorgeous Aubusson rugs to create his signature look of European classicism with a hint of American modernism. The spaces are comfortable and attractive, and the Aubusson rugs play a central role.
Design Modern Living Room with Colorful Aubusson Rug
A luxurious Louis XV cream Aubusson rug with red, green, blue and gold plays center stage in Smith’s French inspired living room. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Aubusson rugs have the colors and design that command attention in a room, and Smith has used this antique beauty to its full potential; it’s the brightest thing in the room. It immediately draws the eye as it is paired with neutrals and pale pastels. Eventually you see that the rug is also the inspiration for the other colors in the room as. To pull this off in your own space, find a show-stopping Aubusson rug in fresh, clear colors. Match it with neutral walls and French-inspired furnishings in colors such as white, cream and taupe. Then, pulls colors from the rug to sprinkle around the room, but keep the colors light and pale, such as Smith’s light blue pillow and the pale greens and pinks in the artwork.
Another view of Smith’s living room and the colorful Aubusson rug. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
This view shows us how truly neutral the color scheme of the room is; the walls, ceiling and even the drapes are white. We can also see how the Aubusson rug’s colors are used throughout the room—the blue-and-white china collection against the wall, the pink flowers and the green foliage used throughout the room. For your own space, don’t be afraid to use flowers and plants to connect with the colors in your Aubusson rug; an abundance of flora is very common in French design. Additionally, make sure you incorporate gold accent pieces, especially if gold is featured in your Aubusson rug.
A vignette in the far end of the living room.
Blue and pink floral arrangements resonate with the accent colors in the Aubusson rug.
The hallway from the living room.
A collection of blue and white porcelain picks up the blues in the Aubusson rug.
Try a Medallion Aubusson Rug in the Bedroom
A Directoire Aubusson rug graces the floor in Smith’s bedroom. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Aubusson rugs are also a good choice for a comfortable and attractive bedroom, and Smith’s is all the proof needed. The walls are a pale neutral blue, the Aubusson rug is colorful but the colors are muted and not clear as in the living room rug. The rug’s design in red, blue, pink and gold provides most of the pattern in the room. The rug’s colors are used in light touches around the room, but the bed takes advantage of a more intense blue, allowing it to stand out. For your bedroom, use a neutral color scheme with an Aubusson rug in muted colors featuring a medallion to draw the eye—place the bed halfway over the medallion to make the room feel more comfortable and less formal. If your rug is mainly in warm colors, utilize a light cool color for your bedding, or vice versa.
Smith’s designs create comfort and attraction at every turn, and the Aubusson rugs are one of the main reasons why; a neutral room with a wildly colorful rug is refined and balanced. As always, start your room with a search for the perfect Aubusson rug