Standing in an empty room, you are struck by how beautiful it is. Whether it’s the unique angles of the walls or the look of the ceiling or paneling or windows, this room is exquisite. While the idea of decorating it is exhilarating, how do you do that without taking anything away from the beauty of the architecture? Perhaps the answer is as simple as geometric rugs.
Just as the juxtaposition of contrasting colors creates energy in a room and attract our eyes, the use of complementary geometric patterns, especially in an area as large as a rug, will make the room more beautiful. Every room has it’s own architectural shapes which will benefit from being highlighted by the right geometric rug.
Play with the Scale of the Geometric Rug
1. This beautiful room with a view of the sea is a perfect example of demanding architecture. The designer of this room answered the needs of the architecture with an appropriately scaled geometric rug. The beautiful ceiling, perfectly aligned with the exterior doors and the arch over the patio, has a fairly large scale. Not competing with it, but instead enhancing it, is the geometric rug featuring a small scale Greek fret pattern. The vast difference in scale allows us to enjoy the beauty of the room’s architecture as well as the texture of the geometric rug. The pattern of the geometric rug runs 45 degrees askew from being in line with the pattern of the ceiling, and this guides the eye to the view outside. The minimal contrast in the geometric rug’s colors lets the geometry of the room take center stage. Image courtesy New England Home Magazine.
Create Interplay between the Room’s Architectural Shapes and Geometric Rug
2. This living room by designer Steven Gambrel has wonderful architectural geometry. The ceiling has a large scale square pattern similar to the first room; the windows feature lovely arches, framed well by the curtains. And this geometric rug features octagons! At first glance, your eyes are on the architecture and your peripheral vision sees soft circles. Further inspection reveals that they are octagons, which is a pleasant surprise. The octagon pattern is a happy medium between the rounded arches of the windows and it’s square panels. This geometric rug enriches the architecture and creates a young energy in the room. Image Courtesy Elle Decor
Make Small Spaces Appear Larger with Geometric Rugs
3. The length of this room and the space lined with bookshelves makes this a very unique space. However, as narrow as it is, putting anything in it might make the space feel cramped. However, when this designer choose a geometric rug with a large scale Greek key pattern, it made the room look more open and wider. This Greek key pattern of the geometric rug literally “expands” this room. Consequently, we can enjoy the shapes of the yellow chairs, the sofa in the back with it’s brass nail heads and the scroll at the window. Image Pinterest: Geometric Rugs.
Learn More About Decorating with Geometric Rugs
While geometric rugs will complement the architectural geometry of the room, still more needs to be added for the room to become a livable space and you can learn this by reading the blog post 17 Chic Rooms: How to Decorate with Geometric Rugs and the other blog posts listed at the end of this post.
As all three rooms illustrate, geometry should be used sparingly. Beauty is found in the little things, like the structure of the tables in the second and third rooms and the brass bail heads on the sofa in the third room.
Don’t let your decor take away from the beauty already in the room. Geometric rugs, selected with consideration to scale, shape, and size, can perfectly highlight the amazing aspect of your room’s architecture.
The Sigma FC Oriental Rug‘s Greek fret pattern has many shades of green and cream created with hand spun wool yarn and the rug has not been chemically distressed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Adelphi UG Oriental Rug‘s Greek key pattern has many shades of blue and cream created with hand spun wool yarn and the rug has not been chemically distressed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
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