In today’s psot we will discuss four ways geometric rugs can help you design chic and glamorous interiors. Geometric patterns are extremely adaptable and flexible and we see them all around us, from the delicate symmetry of a snowflake or seashell spiral in nature to the man-made structures that have stood the test of time. Geometry plays a central role in architecture and design. This love affair with symmetry, balance and proportion plays out in interior design as well, and the concept is highlighted by the adaptability of geometric rugs to bring a room together with balance and symmetry that is so pleasing to the eye.
1. Create Drama with Geometric Rugs
A bold geometric rug immediately draws the eye. To heighten the drama use a geometric rug with highly contrasting colors expressed in a blod, overscale geometric pattern. Australian interior designer Iain Halliday designed this living room in Kiane and Charlie von Mueffling’s Manhattan apartment. Halliday created pop by placing red pillows against white upholstery. The bold geometry of the rug is balanced by the bold organic patterned green and white fabric on the French chairs. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
2. For Maximum Impact Use Geometric Rugs with Large Scale and High Contrast Colors
Fashion designer Michael Kors once said, “Scale changes something ordinary and mundane into something special.” That concept is revealed when a geometric rug with a brazen design is used as the central piece in a room.
Geometric rugs with large scale patterns and high contrast colors add instant character and presence to a room. They are the first element that attracts the eye, instantly setting the tone and size of the room. The Manhattan living room designed by Iain Halliday relies on a large scale geometric rug in white and dark blue which creates drama and gives a chic personality to the living room. Halliday balanced the bold geometry of the rug with lighter, more subtle patterns in green and white. He then added pop with red pillows against white upholstery.
The geometric rug also resonates with the large scale geometry of the cityscape filtered through the shades of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Interest is created smaller bursts of bold color in the room, such as the red pillows against white upholstery and the black and white striped pillows against grey upholstery. A bold geometric rug makes a big statement, just like a daring piece of clothing or a flashy accessory.
3. Create a Subtly Chic Foundation with Geometric Rugs
A more understated pattern in a geometric rug can complement rather than contrast. Interior design by Pamela Gaylin Ryder, image courtesy New England Home.
Geometric rugs can certainly be bold and beautiful, but they are also well-suited to more subtle uses. A geometric rug with a more subtle pattern or color scheme can create an anchor or foundation for an entire room. The rug adds shade, texture and beauty, without competing for center stage.
The neutral colors and subtle Greek fret pattern of the geometric rug chosen by designer Pamela Gaylin Ryder helps to bring the room together, rather than compete as a single element. The homeowners wanted the focal point of the room to be the obviously breath-taking ocean view, and the geometric rug helps to focus the eye out to where the sea and the sky meet at the horizon.
The smaller, and luxuriously textured pattern of this geometric rug balances the room and directs the eye towards the expansive view. The natural tones and textures of the geometrci rug are actually reminiscent of the beach sands in the seascape.
4. Add Luxuious Texture with Geometric Rugs
Geometric rugs with luxurious textures add a feeling of richness and comfort and bring out the beauty of the whole room by highlighting the important elements in the room without competing with them. The small-scale diamond pattern of the textured geometric rug in this living room by Tilton Fenwick for The Hampton’s Designer Show House provides a rich background for the furniture, art and accessories.
The delicate pattern of this geometric rug allows the other pieces to play center stage. It picks up the blues and greens of the settees, ottomans and artwork without detracting from the pop those pieces create. It adds warmth to the room through texture and subtle color.
The above examples show how you can play with pattern, scale, color contrast and the texture of geometric rugs to create chic and glamoruous interiors. Here are some examples of chic geometric rugs:
Because blues are particularly hard to work with, inerior designer Cindy Rinfret, author of Greenwich Style started her interior design of a fashionable seaside penthouse suite with the Ascot geometric needlepoint rug “because it has a number of blues”.. then the whole rest of the apartment just flowed” says Cindy in a video interview. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Adelphi UG Oriental Rug has a luxurious cut and loop texture made with hand spun wool and a medium scale Greek key pattern. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Sigma FC Oriental Rug has a small scale Greek fretwork pattern and a luxurious handmade cut and loop texture made with hand spun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
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