Pastels are all the rage now after dominating spring summer 2014 fashion runways in Milan, Paris, London and New York. Today’s 14 stunning interiors with pastel rugs show you how to design luscious pastel interiors and how to chose the best pastel rug for the room.
Christian Dior’s Spring-Summer 2014 runways were a brilliant illustration of elegant pastels.
Asmara’s Adelphi UG oriental rug expresses the pastel blues in Christian Dior’s spring-summer 2014 introductions. The ancient Greek key motif is rendered in a cut and loop texture made with luxurious handspun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
You do not need a pastel colored rug to design a room that has a pastel feeling.
This Ruthie Sommers designed living room illustrates you can use a beige oriental rug with just a hint of pastel colors and then add fabrics in pastel blue, pink and yellow. The grey on the walls has just a hint of lavender which helps create an overall pastel feeling. Heighten the drama by creating contrasts- such as the dark brown wood floors and the accents of crisp white.
You can use a grey rug that has no pastel accent colors to design a room that feels pastel as this dining room by Ruthie Sommers illustrates. A grey rug makes any color look more vibrant. In this case the apple green chairs pop against the grey rug and give the room a pastel feeling.
The Kiraz Oushak rug has a grey background with touches of blue, white and brown. The Kiraz rug will bring out the brilliance of pastel colors such as blue, pink, apricot, salmon, green and yellow. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
A cream and grey Aubusson rug can make pastel greens and pinks pop in a traditional room as shown in this Summit, New Jersey living room designed by Marshall Watson and Holmes Easley.
When a room has a lot of cool pastel colors such as green and blue, make sure you balance them with warm golds and browns and add contrast with crisp whites and darker shades. Look closely at the picture to see how the designers did this.
The Rosecliff Savonnerie oriental rug contains hundreds of shades of rose, green, gold and blue which makes it easy to design a pastel colored room. Dark highlights in the rug help you add darker fabrics to create contrast in the room. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
This Boston living room by AD100 designer Scott Snyder shows how pastel colors make a traditional room look and feel fresh.
The Aubusson rug has pastel green, rose and also darker shades fo these colors. Gold accents add warmth and white provides crisp contrast. The walls were painted a pale pistachio green to pick up the colors in the rug and to give the room a fresh feeling. Placing a white sofa against the green walls creates crisp contrast and makes the room feel airy and well lit.
You can make a living room feel fresh and lively by using a palette of pastel blues, white and beige as this Scott Snyder designed living room illustrates.
Snyder add gold, beige and brown to balance the cool blues and to make the room feel inviting and comfortable. In the Aubusson rug cool blues are balanced by warm gold and beiges and this makes the rug a perfect anchor for the furniture and fabrics in the room. Snyder adds drama by introducing dark blue and gold through the modern painting.
You can create a romantic living room or a bedroom sitting area with rose and lavender fabrics and an Aubusson rug that contains these colors as well as warm golds as in this room.
Add accents of blue and green to create contrast and introduce accessories in gold, brown and wood tones to make the room feel warm and inviting.
Asmara’s Chambéry Rose Aubusson Rug 5002RS is perfect for a creating a romantic ambiance in a room. The rug has pastel shades of rose, lavender and turquoise balanced by warm taupe. Touches of dark rose and dark blueish-greens provide contrast. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Chambéry Aubusson rug makes it create a harmonious balance of cool and warm colors in a room and to add contrast with fabrics and accessories in darker shades of the pastel colors.
This Barbara Barry designed California dining room shows that you can create a pastel feeling by using only one pastel color such as the pastel blue dining chair in this room.
A pale beige Oushak rug with a hint of blue provides the perfect anchor. White walls and a cream sideboard add contrast and create a light and airy feeling. Dark wood tones add warmth and contrast.
You can create a pastel feeling with very pale shades as illustrated by designer Amy Howard’s Memphis dining room.
Pale lavender walls, drapes and dining chairs give Howard’s dining room a pastel feeling. Since lavender is a cool color, Howard added dark wood tones and gold accents to make the room feel warm and inviting. A pale Oushak rug in tonal shades of grey, beige and cream pulls all the colors together and brings a feeling of luxury.
You can use a tone on tone grey geometric rug provides to add movement and to make the blues pop as in this Christopher Maya designed Hamptons master bedroom of J. Christopher Burch.
Expanses of crisp white amplify the light and heighten the brilliance of the blues. The dark blue writing table provides contrast and gold and brown wood tones add warmth. An orange book on the shelf creates pop.
The Lycia BB Oushak rug has many shades of sea blue and touches of sea green, gold and taupe Dark blue accents provide contrast. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Mario Testino’s photo shoot for Vogue Magazine’s feature article on Baz Luhrman’s movie The Great Gatsby shows Carey Mulligan standing on a pastel blue Oushak rug. The cascading chiffon, feather and tulle dress is Chanel Haute Couture.
Create a Chinoiserie inspired living room in luscious pastel blues, apricots and greens by learning from this living room by AD100 designer Miles Redd.
Redd chose a boldly patterned blue and grey Oushak rug to create contrast with the intricate pattern of Chinoiserie chair back and the delicately drawn vines in the green Chinoiserie wall covering. Redd added drama by adding contrasting dark blue ceiling beams and dark apricot pillows. Wood tones and gold accents add warmth while touches of white add crisp contrast.
You can compose a colorful pastel living room by starting with a well colored pastel rug and deriving the room’s entire color palette from the rug as designer Susan Nelson did for this living room in the Washington Design Center Showhouse.
Nelson derived the color palette for the entire room from Asmara’s Pamplona GD Savonnerie oriental rug shown below.
The Pamplona GD Savonnerie oriental rug can provide the entire color palette for a pastel room as designer Susan Nelson shows in the Showhouse living room pictured above.
You can create a very powerful impact by anchoring traditional furniture on a pale pastel rug as this magnificent entry and hallway by designer Liz Williams demonstrates.
Williams illustrates that subtle touches of pastel colors can create a more powerful impact than using stronger shades and larger amounts of pastels. Williams chose an oriental rug with pale blues and pinks and complemented it with pale blue pillows. The rest of the room has traditional colors. Williams created contrast with white walls and added gold and wood tones to bring warmth.
You can confine all the pattern and color to a pastel rug as this Savonnerie rug in pastel blues and warm golds in Larry Hokanson’s Houston living room.
Pale grey silk upholstery accentuates the richness of the pastel rug while brightly colored paintings add pop.
Images courtesy of Vogue, Veranda, Scott Snyder, House Beautiful, Amy Howard, Architectural Digest, Susan Nelson, Miles Redd, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and Larry Hokanson.