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.
Define Large Open Plan Space with Geometric Rug
A dynamic taupe and white geometric rug defines the living room area as distinct from the dining area in the far end of the space. Photo: Joe Schmelzer.
Rugs are a fantastic way to designate specific areas within an open plan room. Chairs and a table sitting in the middle of your living room will feel awkward, but when placed on a geometric rug the space will feel appropriately divided. This little trick can be used to break up a large open space into dining areas, kitchen areas and living areas. It’s especially useful for large loft and modern open plan spaces, where you may have a separate dining area and a separate breakfast or entertainment area within a single large room.
Make Room Look Larger by Using Colors From Geometric Rug on Walls
AD100 interior designer Vicente Wolf made this dining room look larger by using the green background color of the geometric rug on the walls. The ceiling was painted white to create contrast and provide relief from the large amounts of green. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Geometric rugs with large scale patterns can be used to create drama and flair within a room, as well as to create a bold illusion of continued space between the floor and walls. In the above dining room Vicente Wolf has created a modern and expansive spaces by using the same green color on the walls as in the geometric rug. The geometric rug covers a large amount of visual space in the room while the green walls appear to extend the room upwards. Dramatic modern art and a white ceiling break up the expanses of green and create interest.
Accentuate Art with Geometric Rug
The soft geometric pattern of the rug and white furniture all make the viewer focus on the painting of the chandelier, which is intended to be the focal point of the room.
Black and white patterns are an excellent way to not only define a space but also to control the focal point of the room. A light geometric pattern will be elegant and modern while still remaining a background piece that can support a focal point. In the above room, the pattern directs the viewer’s eye upwards to the wall.
Bring Out the Beauty of Water View with Geometric Rug
AD100 interior designer Victoria Hagan used a grey geometric rug in a Moroccan pattern to bring out the beauty of the magnificent water views and sky from a Milwaukee high rise apartment. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Hagan’s choice of pale grey for the rug is very smart because grey is a neutral color which has the amazing property that all other colors are seen accurately when placed next to grey. Therefore the grey geometric rug in this room allows the changing colors of the sky and the ocean to look as beautiful as they naturally are at all times of the day from dawn to dusk.
By identifying the central features of your space you can pick a geometric rug that will enhance the look and function of the space. Geometric rugs are incredibly fun, exciting and modern, and are a wonderful design tool when used correctly. They can be used to define spaces within large open plan rooms, make smaller rooms look larger and take advantage of the natural views your room offers. With the appropriate use of geometric rugs, you can take your room to new heights today.