The best geometric needlepoint rugs are inspired by Italian Renaissance marble and stone floors such as this one in a 500 year old church. These rugs are not mere copies just as this stone floor is not a mere copy of classical Greek and Roman floors. What rug buying and decorating lessons can we learn from this magnificent interior?
1. Select a geometric needlepoint rug that is an original creation and not a mere copy of an antique pattern
The 16th century stone floor pattern has its origins in Greek and Roman floors of a thousand years earlier, but the artist has added several new elements including the mixing of stars and squares and in the use of color, materials and scale. A mere copy of the original Greek floor would have made the space look more ordinary.
This is an important point to keep in mind when selecting a geometric needlepoint rug. Make sure the artist has introduced new elements and created an original work of art. A rug that is a mere copy will fail to bring energy to a room.
2. Use neutral colors in the larger furniture pieces
The seating in the above picture is neutral wood. Also there are large expanses of neutral beige in the wall decorations.
Learning from this, select a neutral colored fabric for the sofa. Add interest by selecting an unusual fabric texture and an interesting sofa shape. Neutral does not have to mean boring!
3. Use vibrant colors in an upholstered chair and not just in pillows
The Church ceiling has large areas of luminous peacock blues, vibrant greens and brilliant golds and ochers. Once you have selected a neural sofa do not fall into the cliché of confining color to accessories only, such as throw pillows. This is too predictable an approach.
To produce a stunning effect upholster one sofa chair in a brilliantly colored fabric, even in a contemporary pattern. This gives the room a younger more modern look. And remember, it is easy to change the fabric in one chair and update the look of the entire room.
Learning decorating principles from interiors that look magnificent after 500 years will help us create rooms that will stand the test of time.