Damask rugs in modern colors and subtle shading created with Savonnerie carpet weaving techniques make it easier to design rooms that will always be considered stylish. Interior design should be about more than what is current or the latest fad. It should be about what makes you feel good. AD100 interior designer Thomas O’Brien once said “I’m not about trends or what’s in season. I look back and bring things forward or I find what I think is unique or special. For me it’s really about beautiful and classical things.” O’Brien may have been talking about modern Damask rugs because these rugs combine centuries old patterns with modern colorations. When O’Brien decorates with damask rugs he mixes furniture of different styles and from different periods, and often one cannot tell the old from the new because each piece becomes part of the story.
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1. Heighten Impact by Creating Interplay Between Damask Rug and Other Elements
O’Brien has chosen a damask rugs in a neutral palette to create a soothing environment in the entrance hallway above. The pattern and colors of the damask rug complement the large painting that is the dominating element in this hall. O’Brien has made sure the damask rug and the painting play off of each other, and this has heightened the overall drama in the entrance, which is the first thing guests see when they arrive. When choosing damask rugs make sure the pattern and colors of the damask rug complement the major elements in the room. Try to create an interplay between the major objects in the room and the damask rug as this will heighten the overall impact.
2. Create Chic Glamor by Mixing Damask Rugs with Modern Furniture
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In his office at his company Aero Studios, O’Brien blends simplicity with the desk and chair with the personality of the pictures on the wall and a fun, unique damask rug with a patchwork pattern in neutral colors that pop as you walk into the room. The damask rug immediately gives the room a feeling of warmth, of being lived in without being too overpowering. If you can learn one thing from this room, it’s that you can make a big impact with neutral colors. Don’t be afraid to combine the ancient patterns of damask rugs with the clean lines of modern furniture. In fact it is the juxtaposition of ancient and modern that gives this room it’s chic look.
3. Add Character with Personal Objects
O’Brien’s office gives the feeling that the room is actually lived in and not just staged for the camera. It features a variety of items that feel personal without making the room seem cluttered. He proves that character and calmness can be achieved at the same time. Instead of using bright colors to make a statement, O’Brien uses texture and pattern. He never forsakes comfort and functionality for looks, but combines both in a stylish, livable way.
4. Add Energy with Contrasting Shapes and Textures
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In this living room, you are not overwhelmed by the use of vivid color schemes or bright patterns. Instead, you first notice the soft, light damask rug with a fun flower pattern against the dark wood floors. The damask rug then draws your attention to the comfortable-looking chair and ottoman. The softness and rounded corners of the chair contrast with the large wood cabinet with angular contours. There is also an interplay between the low profile of the chair-ottoman and the tall cabinet.
5. Add Interest by Mixing Different Textures and Materials
In the above living room above, O’Brien juxtaposed the brushed texture of the damask rug against the dark polished surface of the floor, and the soft upholstery of the chair against the hard surface of the tall cabinet. There is also a mix of different materials such as porcelain, metal, wool, cotton and wood. This mix of contrasting textures, materials and shapes is what makes this room look chic and keeps are eyes interested.
To paraphrase Thomas O’Brien, modern Damask rugs combine “looking back” with “bringing things forward” and this makes them the perfect foundation for designing rooms that will be seen as unique and special.
“I’m not about trends or what’s in season. I look back and bring things forward or I find what I think is unique or special. For me it’s really about beautiful and classical things.” – Thomas O’Brien, Interior Designer