Best of January-February 2015 Veranda: 7 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

The 7 best interiors with decorative rugs in the January-February 2015 Veranda have one thing in common- they each celebrate traditional style in a fresh new way. John Oetgen mixes modern and traditional to create a smart and cozy North Carolina mountain home, designer Brooke Giannetti and architect husband Steve build a new California farmhouse that is both chic and unfussy and Suzanne Kasler transforms a historic Virginia house into a luxuriously traditional yet clean and modern home.


You can create a cozy and collected look in by using several smaller oriental rugs instead of one large rug as interior designer John Oetgen did in the living room of his North Carolina mountain home. Two smaller Oushak rugs anchor two sofas while a long brown rug is placed down the middle in line with the fireplace. This placement of the rugs makes the room feel large and welcoming.


Layering an Oushak rug on top of a sisal carpet creates an atmosphere of understated chic in designer Brooke Giannetti and architect husband Steve Giannetti’ s newly built farmhouse in Ojai, California. I like particularly the juxtaposition of ornate French furniture with a sisal carpet and an Oushak rug with rustic wood beams.

If you decide to layering a decorative rug on top of a wall to wall sisal carpet, make sure the rug is not too small or the room will feel crowded.

A rug should be large enough so at least one third of the chairs or sofa are on the rug and two-thirds are off the rug. It is even better to have two-thirds of the chairs or sofa on the rug and one-third off the rug.


A pale blue and grey Oushak rug with brown accents pulls together mismatched brown and blue chairs and compliments the colors of the garden outside Brooke Giannetti’s dining room. A rough stone wall and weathered wood ceiling beams evoke rustic Tuscan farmhouses.


The garden outside the Giannetti’s dining room offers alfresco dining under a tall oak.


In Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s master bedroom a cream and blue Oriental rug and a pale blue neoclassical bench evoke the California sky and a yellow bed throw and French chair add sunny touches.


A pale gray Oushak rug with touches of gold and brown provides a subtle and rich setting for Neoclassical and French Empire furniture in blues and golds in a fabulous living room by Suzanne Kasler in a historic Virginia house.


In the Suzanne Kasler designed dining room a pale grey rug with a tone on tone damask pattern and a Greek key border provides a subtle anchor for blue paneled walls and a traditional dining table that once belonged to Winston Churchill.


A red brick Palladian arch adds drama to the terrace and creates a contrast with white walls and white upholstery.


A white rug creates an atmosphere of well-ordered calm in the Kasler designed master bedroom. Spark and energy are introduced with ornate gold stools, headboard and bed canopy covered in a Fortuny print and a French armchair upholstered in blue velvet.

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