Interior designers that use blue rugs have often emulated how nature uses blue. Apart from blue’s domination in the sky and oceans, the color accentuates animals and plants in a way that draws attention to their makeup. It is this style that has caught the attention of great interior designers, namely, emphasizing design with the use of blue. If applied proportionately and in the correct hue, blue rugs can add depth, glamor and expose features of an interior design that may otherwise go unnoticed. Aesthetically pleasing use of blue accents is found in perfect proportions throughout nature. To quote Frank Lloyd Wright, ‘Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation’.
1. Frank Lloyd Wright said “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” Note the many shades of blue and range of textures in the wings and body of the dragonfly.
2. Notice how the navy blue rug adds sophistication to the gray sofa and resonates with the contemporary style of the furniture. Note the range of textures from smooth wood floor to the velvet textured rug and the metallic shine of the tables. Interior design by Iain Halliday. Image courtesy Elle Décor.
The cool colors of the navy blue rug are balanced by pillows in warm red and gold. This provides pops of color as well as contrast between blue and red which are on opposite ends of the color wheel. The brown wood floor adds more warmth and and a shiny texture that contrasts with soft velvety surface of the blue and white rug. The large scale of the rug’s geometric pattern and the high contrast between navy blue and white makes the rug look contemporary and this gives the room a chic modern style.
3. A dark blue and white geometric needlepoint rug brings pattern to the blue salon of La Fiorentina, a villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, decorated by the legendary Billy Baldwin in the 1970’s for client Mary Wells Lawrence, one of the most powerful advertising figures of the time. Image courtesy Habitually Chic® Blog.
Even elegantly ornamented rooms can benefit from blue accented rugs. The caution is to do so in the right proportion. Too bold of a display will overpower the room. Compared to the blue rug in image 2, the rug in image 3 has a smaller scale pattern and the contrast between the navy blue and white is less sharp. This blue rug is more appropriate for the traditional decor of the room designed by Billy Baldwin.
4. As light enters this room, the light blue rug serves as a foundation for the dining area. Without the rug the furniture would blend with the dark wood floor. Interior design by Nanette Lewis Interiors. Image courtesy New England Home Magazine.
Light blues add freshness to a room. This dining area feels light and airy because of the light blue rug. Beige walls add warmth and balance the cool blues in the rug and the dark woods of the dining chairs and table add warmth as well as contrast.
5. From the ground up, this light blue rug balances the white and dark brown color scheme. A calm and relaxing environment is provided by means of the light blue rug. The blue also adds an inviting appeal to the spacious area. Interior design by Judd Brown Designs. Image courtesy Homebunch.com
In this interior design, blue is found throughout the room but it centralized by a predominately light blue rug. Darker shades of blue located in the rug compliments the deep blue found in the ottoman, pillows, and decorative ornaments and the light blue in the rug connects with the blue sky visible through the window on the upper level.
In each of the above interiors, blue was never overused. Every designer made use of blue rugs in a way which was appropriate for the room’s size, color scheme, and design style. Master interior designers know how to use blue as naturally as Nature does.
Here is a selection of blue rugs:
Bergamo CB Needlepoint Rug is handmade in hand spun wool in a highly texture needlepoint stitch reminiscent of Madiera needlepoint rugs and old English needlepoint rugs. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Bombay CBL Needlepoint Rug has an elegant geometric pattern in cream and soft blue that works with both modern and traditional decor. Available in other colors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Sigma BC Oriental Rug has a Greek fretwork geometric pattern and is handmade in hand spun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Ascot DB Needlepoint Rug is a riff on geometric patterns found in historical objects. Available in several other colors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.