How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

If you like the English country house style, but would like to give it a modern and fresh feel, there is no better place to start than with a Savonnerie carpet with modern English floral patterns in clear, fresh colors. These modern, English Style Savonnerie carpets are nothing like the ornate 18th and 19th French Savonnerie carpets you associate more with the Palace of Versailles than in modern living rooms. The fresh, clear colors, and younger aesthetic of the modern Savonnerie carpets are the perfect way to give a modern feel to the English country house style. In today’s post we will learn how great interior designers decorate with Savonnerie carpets in the modern English country house style.

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1. British celebrity interior designer Nicky Haslam gave a young vibe to the English country house look by choosing clear, fresh color florals on the sofa, a white ottoman and pale yellow walls. Haslam approach is summarized by the famous interior design maxim “A Room Should Look Collected, Not Decorated”. He avoided a decorated look by intentionally not matching the fabrics and the wall color to the dark colors of the antique Savonnerie carpet. Because of this lack of coordination, the room is light, airy and cheerful.. Image: Nicky Haslam’s book “Folly De Grandeur” via Lonny, photo: Simon Upton. Pinterest Savonnerie Rugs Style

1. Modernize a Room with Dark Savonnerie Rugs by Juxtaposing Clear Colors

You can make a room look fresh and modern even when you are decorating with an antique Savonnerie carpet in dark, heavy colors. Just use fresh, clear colors and lots of pale yellow and white as in Nicky Haslam’s living room in image 1.

2. Create a “Collected, Not Decorated” Look by not matching the Colors of a Dark Savonnerie Carpet.

It is sometimes more exciting to not match the colors of the fabrics and the walls to the Savonneire carpet, especially if the Savonnerie carpet has dark colors as in Nicky Haslam living room.

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2.  You can make a grand and formal room feel more relaxed and friendly by using an English style Savonnerie carpet such as the custom colored Summer Savonnerie rug. With yellow walls walls, yellow drapes and gold upholstery fabrics this room would felt overpowering if it had not been lightened by the expanse of cream and fresh, clear colors in the Savonnerie carpet. Image Architectural Digest.

3. Add a Modern Vibe to Formal Rooms with a Modern Savonnerie Carpet

AD100 interior designer Decorator Miles Redd famously said “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.” What this means is that if you are working with a room that has grand classical architecture and you put a formal classical rug, it will be too much of the same thing. The way to create a chic room is to juxtapose the formal classical architecture and furnishings of the gold and yellow room in image 2 with a relaxed and cheerful Summer Savonnerie rug.  

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3. You can use an English style Savonnerie carpet to define sperarte living and dining areas in an open plan garden room as Washington D.C. interior designer Justine Sancho did with two Mid Summer Night Savonnerie Oriental Rugs of the same design. Notice how you can add variety in an open plan room by choosing different color palettes for the adjoining spaces by coordinating the fabrics with different colors in the Savonnerie carpet. In order to do this well it is important to find a Savonneire carpet with a broad color palette so you have enough colors to pick from to make each space attractive. The dining area pulls out the red accents from the and the seating area fabrics harmonize with the golds and yellows in the Savonnerie carpet.

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3A. This view of the sun room seating area with it’s fabulous natural light and garden views. The Savonnerie carpet inspired the garden theme which is continued in the leafy trellis drapery fabric.

4. Add Warmth to Open Plan Rooms with Modern Savonnerie Rugs

Open plan rooms are becoming increasingly popular. Special thought needs to be given to make sure these rooms do not look confused or cold. A great way to make the living and dining areas look attractive and feel inviting is to anchor each ares with a modern Savonnerie carpet and use appropriate furniture. In images 3 and 3A interior designer Justine Sancho defined the living and dining areas of an open plan garden room with two Mid Summer Night Savonnerie carpets and continued the garden theme into the drapery fabrics. 

5. Add Interest by Choosing Different Colors for Each Area of an Open Plan Room 

A well designed modern Savonnerie carpet has many colors and you can play with different colors when choosing fabrics for different areas in an open plan room. In the room in image 3, the living area has gold fabrics which pick up on the golds in the Savonnerie carpet and the dining area has red fabrics which pick up on the reds in the Savonnerie carpet.

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4. Lisa Torbett chose a large Savonnerie carpet for the main room in a club in Sea Island Georgia. The major furniture pieces sit comfortably on the Savonnerie carpet and expand the feeling of space. Cream walls provide a calming contrast for the colorful fabrics and dark woods. The Morena Savonnerie carpet is inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug influenced by Renaissance damasks.

6. Make Sure Atleast a Third of the Furniture Sits on the Savonnerie Carpet

If the Savonnerie carpet is so small that all the furniture sits off the carpet on the bare floor, the room will look un-inviting and feel stiff. Make sure the size of the Savonnerie carpet is large enough that one third or more of the sofa and chairs in a living are on the carpet. For dining areas the Savonnerie carpet should be large enough to hold the dining chairs when they are pulled out eighteen inches from the table. 

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5. A modern Savonnerie carpet with a cream background and colorful vines makes this formal living room feel more relaxe and inviting.

Here are some examples of modern Savonnerie carpets:

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Summer is a modern Savonnerie carpet with a cream background with tone on tone vines and a canopy of trees with red and yellow flowers. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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Mid Summer Night is a modern Savonnerie carpet with an espresso background and a canopy of trees with antique red and yellow flowers. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

 

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Branches, a modern Savonnerie carpet with a trellis of branches with pomegranite, yellow and blue accents. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

 

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Morena, a modern Savonnerie carpet with gold and blue motifs inspired by a 17th century Spanish rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

 

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