Leonardo da Vinci said that, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” As a Renaissance man vastly ahead of his time, he knew what he was talking about. While it is questionable whether he envisioned his advice applying to interior design, it certainly can be appropriate for your rooms.
Many may take da Vinci’s words to mean a neutral palette. While a room resplendent in whites, tans, grays and blacks definitely look stately, you can add more personality to a room with Aubusson rugs and transform a sophisticated room into one that is a work of art.
Enliven a Neutral Living Room with an Aubusson Rug
Aubusson rugs work beautifully against a neutral backdrop in a living room. The rug adds energy and pulls together antique furniture and modern art into a stylish and inviting living room.
A neutral room can look stately but boring, and adding a colorful Aubusson rug into the mix will create some spice and energy. In the cream living room, an Aubusson rug with an eclectic design and many colors adds life and vigor to the room. The rug also pulls together the traditional and the contemporary into a unified whole and gives a chic vibe to the space.
Add Color and Pattern to a Traditional Dining Room with an Aubusson Rug
Aubusson rugs can up the ante in a formal dining room; the gorgeous color and design of this coral and yellow Aubusson rug leaves no question as to why it is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum.
Aubusson rugs add a sophisticated personality to a room, so they are well suited for a dining room with antique furniture. The formal dining room of the Cane Acres Plantation House, which is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection, has tradition furnishings and a neutral color scheme. The Aubusson rug, however, turns a formal space into one of sheer elegance with its bold color and Neoclassical design.
Aubusson rugs work particularly well with modern design styles. The white French chair with red upholstery and gray walls give this dining room a moder feeling and the Aubusson rug adds a touch of class and unifies the entire room.
The neutral grays of this dining room allow the red dining chair to pop and the cream, yellow and red Aubusson rug adds warmth and also unifies the gray walls with the red chair. The chairs and the rug draw the eye around the room. The space is sophisticated and the Aubusson rug elevates and makes it feel regal.
Create a Romantic Neutral Bedroom with Aubusson Rug
A pale Aubusson rug helps bring a feeling of romance to this neutral bedroom. The Aubusson rug’s colors are light and dreamy and they work beautifully with the Neoclassical bed and bench.
Aubusson rugs add personality and a feeling of romance to a neutral color bedroom. The bedroom pictured above has large expanses of white—which is the ultimate in simplicity—but all that white can feel a bit stark and cold. The soft colors of the Aubusson rug add depth and sophistication to the room. Olive green throw pillow and the large house plant by the window add liveliness and resonate with the green accent colors in the rug.
Rooms with a neutral color scheme have clean lines and a sophisticated feel, but a handsome Aubusson rug will add a special element that turns an un-exciting space into one of beauty and style. If you love the look of neutrals, try an Aubusson rug that compliments neutral colors and also contains one other color that adds life and character to the room—da Vinci will understand!