Mona Berman Modernizes Tradition with Orange Rugs and Red Rugs

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Mona Ross Berman

The next issue of Traditional Home Magazine will feature the work of Mona Ross Berman  named one of the ’10 New Trad Designers’ of 2012. I was so impressed by Mona Ross Berman’s unexpected, colorful and modern twist on traditional decorating with orange rugs and red rugs that I decided to focus today’s post entirely on Mona’s refreshing approach.

Please also see three earlier posts on coral and red rugs, orange rugs and coral rugs, and coral rugs for more amazing rooms by interior design legends.

Studying Mona Ross Berman’s interiors as well as her interviews, I have summarized these

7 Decorating Tips for Red Rugs and Orange Rugs

1. Bring in color, texture and pattern with orange rugs and red rugs.

Mona says that the floor and ceiling are two of the largest surfaces in a room and they provide a great opportunity for introducing color, texture and pattern. In the living room above the orange and red rug brings in all three: vibrant color, energetic pattern and soft texture.

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2. Invest in classically styled orange rugs and red rugs.

Mona’s advises investing in one or two classic pieces that you really love, and can live with for a long time. The orange and red rug and the lipstick colored Barcelona chairs in the living room above are two such examples. She advises spending less on smaller accessories where you can take risks with trendier colors and styles.

3. Build the room around something you really love such as a fabulous decorator rug, a fabric or a classic furniture piece. Mona says that when you build a room around something you feel strongly about, the room feels personal and lived in, and not like you tried to copy a trend.

Orange Rugs, Coral Rugs, Pink Rugs

The blue rug’s gold pattern is outlined in a pink that ties in with the pink and red fabrics and accessories.

4. Avoid ‘matchy, matchy’ decorator rugs, fabrics and wall colors.

Mona’s advice is to choose colors that look good together but are slightly off from each other.

5. Be mindful of how colors flow from one room to the next in decorator rugs, walls, fabrics.

Mona advises that rooms that are next to each other or across from each other should share the same color tone even if the actual colors are quite different.

Orange Rugs, Coral Rugs, Pink Rugs

The two major pieces in this living room- the sofa and gold rug have classic, timeless design and at the same time the colors are strong enough to support the robin’s egg blue upholstered stools with orange piping.  Note how the small pops of red stimulate eye movement.


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The beige rug banded with purple fabric holds colorful accessories showing Mona Ross Berman’s mastery at creating unexpected color combinations. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.

6. Create unexpected color combinations with decorator rugs, fabrics and walls.

Some of Mona Ross Berman unexpected colors combinations are: chartreuse and grayish blue, celadon and red, and orange with robin’s egg blue.

7. Avoid buying Furniture in ‘Sets’.

Mona says furniture sets make a room look dull and flat.

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 The mud room with a pink and orange rug is yet another example of Mona Ross Berman unexpected color pairings. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.

Orange Rugs, Coral Rugs, Pink Rugsmona ross berman, 60's Beach House, House Beautiful Mag 1 chevron painted floor resized 600Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.“The master bedroom has a very retro feel to it with the pink, tangerine, and lavender color palette”, Berman told House Beautiful Magazine. The floor is painted a zig zag rug pattern in pink and white. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.


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