In yesterday’s blog post I wrote that it is not desirable to exactly match the colors of the fabrics and the Aubusson rug or with any other kind of decorative rug that you have picked out for the room. So I was very pleased to see that my views are vindicated in the current issue of Elle Decor which has a magnificent French château decorated by young Parisian interior designers Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagrac with fabulous Aubusson rugs. The château is owned by two brothers from the family that owns the French luxury goods house Hermès. This house also breaks another rule that American decorators often follow- the colors of the walls and the fabrics are not faded as we think antique colors should be. Instead the colors are very bright, because, Michael Coorengel told Elle Decor very vibrant colors were used when Versailles was built 300 years ago and the colors we see today are the result of hundreds of years of fading, which we have accepted as the true antique colors. “Back then, Versailles was psychedelic, multicolored, like being in space,” he says. “It was the standard for design. Imagine having a palace done by Zaha Hadid. It would have been the same effect, ” he told Elle Decor.
1. The library has a Directoire Aubusson rug with faded yellow, gold, blue and a purplish red. Notice how no attempt has been made to color the walls to coordinate with the Aubusson rug. Only the colors of the gold and white Directoire sofa pick up the colors of the Aubusson rug and this is probably just by chance as the sofa retains its original velvet. The bright green, yellow, brilliant turquoise and deep teal on the walls are not found in the Aubusson rug nor are the colors of the needlepoint upholstery on the 18th-century armchair and yet all the colors in this room work beautifully together. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
2. The salon would have felt cold with its large expanses of blue if it were not for the warm golds and faded reds in the 18th century Aubusson rug and in the Aubusson tapestry. The 18th century settee by Georges Jacob is covered n a blue velvet as are the armchairs and the table. Again no attempt was made to match the shades of blue. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
3. None of the colors in this beautiful bedroom coordinate with each other and yet the room looks beautifully modern and traditional at the same time. The yellow chintz livens and warms up the room. The chintz is based on an 18th-century fabric and it looks very appropriate for the Louis XVI daybed. The greenish gray wall color looks very appropriate, but is again not taken from the Aubusson rug or the yellow chintz. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
4. In the breakfast room, the Georges Jacob sofa is covered in a purplish red that picks up the red stripes in the 18th century daybed and the red accents in the fabric on the medallion chairs, yet these vibrant reds are not found in the Aubusson rug, although the Aubusson rug does contain some faded reds. The beautiful yellow color on the walls has a faint connection to the faded yellow background color of the Aubusson rug. Only the blue medallion color of the Aubusson rug is echoed in the blue of the dining chairs and in the pillow fabric. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
5. The guest room has an Aubusson rug in faded reds, golds and greens on a cream background provides a neutral background on with the vibrant blue and red of the pillows and bed canopy can pop. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
6. The dining room is the most color coordinated of all the rooms in the house. This is because the stone floor has neutral colors and many colors will work on a neutral beige cream floor. The dining chairs are upholstered in an Hermès leather in a beautiful shade of red that is the same as used in the Kelly bag. Image courtesy Elle Decor.