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. Read More
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Geometric patterned floors go back two thousand years to classical Greece and Rome and in the past few years we have seen a great resurgence in the popularity of geometric rugs with patterns inspired by antique stone and wood floors and classical architecture. The new geometric rugs are very versatile and are being used by interior designers with both modern and traditional furniture. A carefully chosen geometric rug can create cohesion and make the overall room design more engaging. Whether you choose a bold geometric pattern in highly contrasting colors or a subtle pattern in soft colors, geometric rugs are an excellent choice. Read More
A home should not only be a reflection of your personality and style but also a comfortable environment where you can relax, recharge, and renew. Albert Hadley said, "Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living." With this in mind, making your home a comfortable oasis can be an easy and enjoyable process if you start with a calming color palette. Blue rugs are an excellent way to build a room that conveys a calm, serene feeling. It's no wonder blue rugs are seen in luxury resorts and spas around the world!
Interiors designed to feature orange rugs have a unique ability to offer warmth regardless of the season. It’s easy, particularly in mid-October, to find yourself surrounded by all things pumpkin and assume that orange is a color best suited for the autumn. Read More
Once only available to the nobility of France, Aubusson rugs are an extremely valuable tool in an interior designer's arsenal. The most desirable Aubusson rugs have cream, beige or gold background colors with two or three accent colors. As the four stunning interiors in today's post will show, these Aubusson rugs are very flexible and will work in many kinds of interiors. These Aubusson rugs can completely change the appearance of a room and pull together different elements in a room into a harmonious design. Read More
Oushak Rugs are some of the finest decorative rugs on the market. Their luminous wool, luscious colors, ancient patterns and ability to enrich both modern and traditional interiors has made Oushak rugs very popular with interior decorators. Today we will learn how interior designers use Oushak rugs to add color and chic style to interiors. We will study four stunning interiors by top decorators and see how the sophisticated color palettes of Oushak rugs provide a great jumping off point for adding color to interiors.
Oushak rugs have become very popular with interior designers because their soft colors and antique patterns give them the ability to completely transform the look of a room. In today's blog post we will see how designers use Oushak rugs to pull together all the fabrics and furniture into a unified whole, add a luxurious texture and define cozy seating areas in a large open plan living room. The three interiors in today's post are traditional, but this does not mean that Oushak rugs work only in traditional interiors. Future blog posts will show how Oushak rugs are used to enhance contemporary interiors.
Frank Lloyd Wright said that, “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” This is certainly true of green rugs. Today we will study four chic rooms with green rugs and learn how designers use several shades of green and a mixture of contrasting shapes and textures to design beautiful and inviting rooms. You will learn design principles that apply to both tradtional and contemporary rooms with green rugs and this can help you design a room with a green rug in your own style. Read More
If you feel as though your current room design is a little lackluster, you may want to consider breaking out one of the most versatile of all design tools- the noble rug. Rugs can span the gamut from cozy oriental rugs to bold geometric rugs. Many top designers today incorporate geometric rugs into their designs as a way of defining different seating area, pulling together furniture and art of different styles into a unified whole or creating interest and comfort with a luxurious texture. Geometric rugs are great way to start your room design as they can guide and inspire the choice of fabrics, colors and furniture. Read More
It is common knowledge that Savonnerie carpets are the most prestigious amongst all rugs. Antique Savonnerie rugs made for Louis XVI fetch millions of dollars at Sotheby's and Christies auctions. Interior designers have incorporated these colorful rugs into some of the most exquisite and sophisticated rooms across the world. The variety of colors and patterns found in Savonnerie rugs impart a prestigious personality to a room. The saying "Less is More" clearly doesn't apply to these rugs. In fact there is now a Pinterest board titled "Less is a Bore" in which rooms with Savonnerie rugs are prominently featured.