The September-October 2014 issue of Veranda has five gorgeous rooms that offer valuable insights on how to create the feeling tone and look you desire. The key lies in the thoughtful pairing of fabrics, furniture and decorative rugs and paying attention to scale, color palettes, textures, design styles and materials. I have summarized the insights in the caption under each room image.
To make a bigger impact in a small seating area, upholster the sofa in a bold Ikat fabric and heighten the effect by anchoring it with a small scale pattern geometric oriental rug. If you desire a more serene atmosphere, limit the color palette to neutrals (such as brown and white) and add pop with pillows in a contrasting color (such as blue) as Designer Timothy Whealon did.
To create maximum impact with natural materials and neutral colors juxtapose unexpected objects such as a zebra rug on a reclaimed limestone paving stones floor as in this Westchester, New York living room of Core Home founder Cheryl Skoog Tague.
If you want your home to feel casual and at the same time look elegant and sophisticated you can learn a lot from this Marin County, CA living room by AD100 designer James Huniford. Here he pairs California Arts and Crafts furniture with a refined pale blue Oushak rug.
In the dining and family rooms James Huniford continued the arts and crafts theme and chose a striped rug in warm corals, golds and creams to bring out the beauty of the dark woods and the natural stone fireplace.
To create a grand, old world look in a new modestly sized Greek Revival-Style house in South Carolina, designer Amelia T Handegan skillfully paired large scale furniture with an Oriental rug with a small scale repeating pattern as in this master bedroom.