Happy Holidays! 12 Memorable Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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It is a sunny 36°F on Christmas even in Boston, my hometown, the snow has been swept off leaving shimmering brick pathways in historic Beacon hill. Image courtesy Traditional Home.

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Greenery and red ribbons welcome guests at a Beacon Hill entrance.  Image courtesy Traditional Home.

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In 2010 designer David Stark was asked to decorate the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department in Washington D.C. for the Holidays. Since the rooms are always busy hosting diplomatic receptions, the decor had to easily movable. David created instant impact with a red candy striped rug that immediately creates a merry welcome. Image courtesy Design Sponge Blog.

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David found an ingenious way to to save cutting down fir trees for the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room by using 5 miles of red ribbon for these gorgeous creations. Image courtesy Design Sponge Blog.

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The red Christmas trees resonate with the red tones in the Aubusson rug and the red and gold wrappings. Image courtesy Design Sponge Blog.

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Susie Montagna of David Stark’s design team invented an ingenious mirrored plexi-tree for the Jefferson Room, bringing a modern look that contrasts with the traditional cream, blue and gold Savonnerie carpet. Image courtesy Design Sponge Blog.

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The mirrored plexi-tree reflects the decorations at every angle and requires fewer ornaments. Image courtesy Design Sponge Blog.

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Chicago designer Alessandra Branca was asked by Elle Decor to transform a Manhattan office tower to a cozy apartment. Branca chose a red geometric rug to add zip and added warmth with a red plaid sofa and chair fabric. The large artwork magically adds depth to the room. Image courtesy Elle Decor.

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For the living room, Branca chose dark wood floors for a clean modern look and warmed the seating areas with a red oriental rug and a zebra rug. Image courtesy Elle Decor.

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In the hallway black lacquered wood floors contrast crisply with white and grey striped walls. Reds in the round porcelain stool and chintz fabric pop against the black and whites of the floors and walls. Image courtesy Elle Decor.

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Suzanne Rheinstein created a Chinoiserie Christmas and added pop by juxtaposing coral walls against blue drapes.

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A grey Oushak rug adds a soft and luxurious texture to a gorgeous Holiday table in a light filled and airy dining room decorated in cream, grays and dark wood tones.

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A red Aubusson rug pulls together red silk damask fabrics, French antique furniture and gilded wall accents in this opulent salon.

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Gold walls and gold sconces contrast with crisp white door trim in this beautiful dining room set with Tiffany blue goblets and anchored by a cream, gold and blue oriental rug.

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A simple Christmas garland is draped over a crisp white fireplace mantel and a gold, cream and taupe Oushak rug adds warmth to balance the cool grey and taupes in the fabrics in the master bedroom of a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan home designed by architect Alexander Bogaerts and interior designer Lucy Earl. Image courtesy Traditional Home Magazine.

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A gold, beige and cream Malmaison neoclassical needlepoint rug by Asmara resonates with the marble fireplace and the gold and cream fabrics. Image courtesy Southern Accents Magazine.


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