If you think beige rugs are boring, these interiors will excite your imagination and reveal new possibilities. The interior designers featured here deploy a wide range of artistry to create drama with beige rugs.
Kelly Wearstler and SY Interior Design use beige rugs as a neutral canvas for introducing brilliant colors to living rooms, libraries and home offices while others designers like Juan Montoya create drama by juxtaposing beige rugs against black and white and amplify it with the seductive contours of Art Deco furnishings.
The possibilites of beige rugs will open up as you view the imaginative work of these great interior designers.
1. To renovate the library of his 1920’s Nantucket summer cottage, interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber removed the old ceiling exposing the rafters which he painted white along with the rest of the wood work creating a dramatic contrast against the chocolate brown walls. The camel-beige floor gets a pinkish glow from the fire making it a pleasing base for the dark brown, white and oatmeal color scheme. “I wanted to return it to what it once was—the quintessential Nantucket summer cottage.” Bilhuber told Architectural Digest. Image and quote courtesy Architectural Digest.
2. In the East Hampton living room of Aerin Lauder a camel colored wool and silk rug supports upholstery in blue, purple, grey and white. The blue pillows pop against the apricot walls. The polished surface of the coffee table contrasts with the linear texture of the rug. The grey and white leopard velvet sofa accentuates the blue of the pillows and echoes the ornamental back of the chair against the window of the left. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
3. The brushed silk texture of the taupe-grey rug creates a soft transition for the bed from the dark polished wood floor in Giorgio Armani’s Swiss mountain home. Grey walls balance the warm golds and tans of the fur bed cover. Large expanses of dark wood on the walls and ceiling enclose the bedroom in a cozy envelope. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
4. A home office in the 2011 Hamptons Designer Show House by Marjorie Sobiloff and Cathy Yohay of SY Interior Design demonstrates how a textured greenish-beige rug brings out the beauty of vibrant oranges, blues and yellows in the abstract painting. The polished chrome frame of the chair contrasts with the suede like texture of the beige rug. Image courtesy Traditional Home Magazine.
5. A beige wool rug with textured stripes provides a refined background for the rounded shapes of the purple velvet upholstered chair, and gold sofa in Jennifer Aniston’s living room. There is an amazing mix of rough and smooth textures as well as a view of the koi pond that runs through this 1970 Harold W. Levitt, Beverly Hills residence renovated with the help of interior designer Stephen Shadley. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
6. The red leather paneled walls bring warmth to this library in a Park Avenue, New York residence designed by Juan Montoya. The white silk pattern on the beige Art Deco rug shimmers like a beaded curtain introducing movement and light into the room that has a predominance of dark colors. The white stools and coffee table pick up the shimmer and then contrast it with the polished black arm rests of the Art Deco chairs and connect it with the black and white pillows. The cool green of the floral bouquet balances the warm red of the wall. Image courtesy Juan Montoya.
7. The above library is visible from this living room in the Park Avenue residence. Two octagonal mirrors with angled surfaces shimmer against the brown wood paneling. A beige Art Deco rug with a diamond lattice pattern creates a soft, but dramatic transition from the black lacquered floors. A light beige and cream sofa with reclining armrests offers relaxation while the blue and white porcelain urns introduce color with the arrangements of purple a green hydrangeas. Image courtesy Juan Montoya.
8. Kelley Wearstler demonstrates how to decorate a living room with brilliant colors. Wearstler treats the beige decorative rug as a canvas on which she displays a multitude of vibrantly colored upholstery in bright yellow, pink, blue and lacquer red and then encloses it with walls and ceiling in different shades of blue and green. The living room is in the Doheny Estate in Southern California and opens on the left into the dining room featured in an earlier blog post. Image courtesy Kelley Wearstler.
9. For the media room of a Sutton Place apartment, designer Michael Smith chose a golden beige contemporary rug with subtle linear shading to provide a soft textured backdrop for the rich reddish purple silk upholstery and brocade pillows. The gold sofa adds another shade of gold as do the walls and the Japanese screen art and tiger patterned gold and brown pillow. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
10. Taupe Art Deco chairs and bed on a beige and grey Art Deco rug create a cozy master bedroom in a West Side, New York residence designed by Juan Montoya. A daybed offers a relaxed way to enjoy the night time panorama of New York. The tall bedside tables echo the diamond pattern in the Art Deco rug. The white walls and black trim circular grooves in the ceiling distribute the light from the Art Deco light fixtures on the ceiling and walls. Image courtesy Juan Montoya.
10A. The Beige and grey Art Deco rug extends to this elegant seating area in the above master bedroom. A large black and white screen depicts a medieval Japanese town and provides a calming refuge from the modern metropolis. The black and white leopard velvet pillows add softness and pattern. The polished round coffee table balances the geometric pattern in the rug. Image courtesy Juan Montoya.
11. A red and gold striped silk sofa introduces color to the beige and brown scheme of this Park Avenue, New York living room designed by Juan Montoya. The beige silk texture of the geometric Art Deco rug introduces shimmering reflections of light to this dark paneled room. The neoclassical coffee table echoes the historical origins of the Art Deco style expressed in the ivory and cream chairs and sofa with reclining arm rests. Image courtesy Juan Montoya.
12. The shimmering geometric dhurrie pattern of the beige and white rug echoes the pearl like mobile on the wall. Coral draperies and orange pillows give this room a colorful look while the neutral upholstery keeps this room flexible to change. The beauty of this beige rug is that you can easily change the color scheme by changing the drapery and pillows. Image courtesy Jeffrey Bilhuber.
13. Brian del Toro’s Kips Bay 2012 living room shows how a beige, white and grey wool and silk rug supports a color palette of vibrant blue and chartreuse green. The white silk squares in the rug echo the metallic geometry in the art work. The rounded forms of the dark vase, blue sofa and chartreuse pillows softens the geometry in the room. Image courtesy the askpatrick blog.
14. Elle Decor “A List” interior designer Mathew Patrick Smyth chose a beige decorative rug with tonal textured stripes to contrast with the many smooth surfaces in this living room- the polished coffee table, the wide metallic mirror frame and gold sofa fabric. Smyth introduces color with the coral Venetian painted wall and frames with taupe panels. Image courtesy Elle Decor.