Fabrics: L-R: Colefax And Fowler’s Elina Linen in Leaf has yellowish green and blue, Jane Churchill’s Pavely in yellow-green, Colefax And Fowler’s Lucerne in white, Beeching in grey, and Cowtan & Tout’s Mykonos in grey and white.
Green Rug:Under Sea Mosaic Needlepoint Rug with green, blue, yellow and red on cream background. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Colefax And Fowler’s Elina Linen in Leaf has yellowish green and blue
Under Sea Mosaic Needlepoint Rug with many shades of green, blue, yellow and several shades of red on a grainy textured cream background. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Under Sea Mosaic Needlepoint Rug has many shades of green from yellow green to blue green as well as blue, yellow and red. The cool greens and blue are balanced by the warm yellow and gold. There are infinite shades of green and every other color in nature, which is why all the colors in nature always go with each other without in all seasons. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Five Tips for Decorating with Cowtan & Tout Fabrics with yellow-green and blue and Green Rugs
1. Choose a green rug that has wide range of green shades from yellow green to blue greens
Colefax And Fowler’s Elina Linen in Leaf has a yellowish green and a grey-blue on a cream background. A common mistake would be to try to find a green rug with the exact shade of yellow green that is in the fabric. Such an exact matching of colors will result in a room that feels flat and it will be lacking in depth and layering.
Next time you are out and about in a garden try to notice how many different shades of green there are in nature and how they all work with each other as well as with the colors of the flowers regardless of what colors the flowers are. Why do these colors all work together so effortlessly? They work because nature always contains many shades of each color, specially green. So when you choose a green rug that has many shades of green you are taking a page from natures book of decorating. A green rug with many shades of green will not only go with the green fabrics you are working with now, it will also make it easier for you to freshen the decor in the future because the same green rug will work with green fabrics you choose in the future to freshen up the decor of the room.
2. Make sure the pattern of the green rug complements the pattern of the fabric
Colefax And Fowler’s Elina Linen fabric has a small scale leaves laid out in wavy lines. Place this fabric next to the green rug and see if the patterns complement each other. Complimentary patterns are patterns that are different from each other, but when placed side by side they are pleasing to look at.
When checking to see if patterns are complimentary, place the fabric at some distance from the green rug, the same as it would be in the room. For example if the fabric is going to be used on the sofa or for the curtains, hold the fabric vertically as it would fall in the curtain or the side of the sofa and see how it looks with the rug. This will give you a more realistic idea than if you place the fabric directly on the rug.
3. Choose a green rug that has a very different pattern scale than the fabric
A room looks confused and busy when the scale of the patterns in the fabrics and the green rug are nearly the same. The eye does not know what to focus on, what is the foreground and what is the background. When you mix a fabric with a small scale pattern with a green rug with a large scale pattern, the room looks well ordered and the eye can move around the room and enjoy the patterns, colors and textures.
4. Make sure the combination of the fabrics and green rugs has a balance of cool and warm colors
Green is a cool color and if it is not used with warm colors such as yellow, gold or red, the room will feel cold and uninviting. The five fabrics above have green, blue, grey and white all of which are cool or neutral. The Under Sea Mosaic Needlepoint Rug has many shades of green from yellow green to blue green as well as blue, yellow and red. The cool greens and blue are balanced by the warm yellow and gold.
The yellow and reds in the green rug make it easy to add in yellow and red to further warm up the colors balance in the room.
5. Create a mix to textures from smooth, medium and grainy texture.