The 7 Chic dining rooms show how to select a gray rug or a blue rug that will help you create stunning interiors with gray, blue, yellow and gold. While all the examples are of dining rooms, the same decorating principles apply to living rooms, family rooms, libraries, bedrooms, foyers and stairs.
When a gray rug has touches of warm colors, such as beige, gold or brown, it allows you to create a stunning effect by using yellow and gold in the room. Such a rug makes it easier to mix antique and modern styles as designer Veere Grenney did in this dining room in a house on the River Thames in London.
A grey rug with even small amounts of warm beige will look great on a polished dark wood floor. You can heighten the drama with pops of pink and blue. The chair fabric has a traditional damask pattern but its pink and white coloration gives it a modern feeling and makes it perfect for this dining room by Nick Olsen.
The blue and white Bunbry needlepoint rug‘s floral pattern is traditional, but it’s colors feel fresh and modern so designer Polly McKenna used it to make a traditional dining room feel light, airy and welcoming. A gold mirror and beige drapes and upholstery pick up the warm accent colors in the rug.
A geometric rug in a traditional pattern and containing both cool blues and warm golds and reds can pull together both warm and cool colors in a room. The ancient Dhurrie pattern of this rug connects with the antique furniture and creates an energetic contrast with the modern bleach-on-denim floor to ceiling painting by John Robshaw. This is his Manhattan dining room.
A gray contemporary rug is a great complement for traditional furniture and architecture. AD100 interior designer David Kleinberg painted the floor a lighter shade of gray and then created crisp contrast with white neoclassical dining chairs and pale blue upholstery. He added warm golds with window treatments and chandelier and escalated the drama with black, silver and white on the doors, dining table and ceiling.
In this Bullfinch award winning dining room in Boston’s Louisburg Square, designer Gerald Pomeroy created a light and airy feeling by complementing traditional English furniture with an Asmara Oushak rug in pale gray, cream, taupe and beige and carried this color palette to the upholstery and wall murals.
This East Hampton, NY dining room by designer Phoebe Howard feels modern and traditional at the same time because the gray Greek key rug interprets an ancient pattern in a modern way which allows it to pull together a contemporary dining table and a traditional sideboard.