It’s easy to dismiss geometric rugs as a kitschy design trick or to assume they’re not for you because your home doesn’t feature a 60s Go-go style dance hall – but in doing so, you are overlooking an incredibly powerful design tool. Some of the world’s most fashionable interiors – both historic and modern – employ geometric rugs as subtle visual cues for visitors.
Add Softness with Geometric Rugs
1. First, let’s look at history for a minute – this is a watercolor painting of the dining room in St Petersburg’s Stroganov Palace. You’ll notice Jules Mayblum’s painting depicts not only the geometric inlaid parquet floor, but a richly detailed oriental rug with geometric borders beneath the stately, hand-carved dining table. The rug serves to anchor the dining area by creating a softer, warmer edge around the table and chairs.
2. While we don’t all live in late-Baroque Russian palaces, but the principle of using geometric rugs to soften a room is still viable. Here, David Easton and his team have used a small scale geometric rug, paired with diamond patterned walls and rich floral textiles, to create a soft, inviting guest room in Virginia’s Albemarle House. Image courtesy David Easton, Inc.
3. Similarly, Steven Gambrel uses geometric rugs throughout the East Hampton House to soften rigid, formal lines in rooms such as this library. The curved blue detail of the rug works with the floral accents in the throw pillows to create a comfortable space for visitors to enjoy a book or conversation. Image courtesy S.R. Gambrel Inc.
Create a Chic Atmosphere with Geometric Rugs
4. Geometric rugs can add stability and cohesion in the most eclectic settings – take this dining room from Katie Ridder’s Arkansas portfolio. The vibrant yellowish-green walls, lush purple and lavender chairs and mid-century modern details are expertly framed by the subtle tones in the tile-patterned geometric rug at the room’s foundation. Image courtesy Kate Ridder.
5. The Colonial House Design of Cape Town used high-contrast large scale geometric rug in a Greek key pattern to create a unique, stylish bedroom with simple accents that blend modern themes into a traditional home. Image courtesy Colonial House Design.
6. Another excellent example of using boldly patterned and colorful geometric rugs to create an elegant, modern interior can be found in this guest room in the Hampton’s home of Stephen Harvey and Perry Sayles, updated by Christof:Finio Architecture. Pairing the vibrant Jonathan Alder rug with Neo-Studio chairs from the 1950s, and adding a dash of tribalism in the placement of an Aboriginal mat above the bed creates a unique space infused with energy and style. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Add Sophistication with Geometric Rugs
7. When Tory Burch was opening a new boutique on Madison Avenue, she called in Daniel Romualdez to design the interiors. This chic boutique feels more like a sophisticated home than a store – and that’s largely down to Romualdez’s use of geometric rugs to frame spaces. In this case, the geometric rug creates an understated welcome that provides a soothing finish to an already refined interior. Image courtesy Tory Burch.
8. Here, in the Lower Fifth Avenue Townhouse project by Steven Gambrel, we find rich chocolate and ivory tones contrast in the geometric rug used to give this office space a hint of personality within the period furnishings and rich paneled walls. Image courtesy S.R. Gambrel Inc.
Make a Statement with Geometric Rugs
Whether you’re providing a framework for the space, adding a punch of color, or sprinkling in a dash of your own personality, think of geometric rugs as the secret spice for your next interior design project. An ingredient many people might not even realize is there, but an addition that definitely ensures your visitors say, “Wow!”