Paris-based decorator Alberto Pinto has had an array of cultural influences that are reflected in his work. Pinto was born in Morocco to Argentinean parents, attended school in France and lived in New York City. Pinto has designed homes for many heads of state and celebrities and is adept in working in different cultural settings all over the world. Pinto has developed a special flair for decorating with Savonnerie carpets and today’s three glamorous rooms by Pinto can teach us a lot about decorating with Savonnerie rugs and using blue and gold in the right balance.
Add Warmth to Beaux-Arts Salon with Gold Savonnerie Rug
Pinto chose a gold Savonnerie rug to balance the cool blue walls of this Beaux-Arts style salon in Manhattan. Image courtesy Alberto Pinto.
Pinto chose a Savonnerie rug with large amounts of warm colors such as gold and beige to balance the large amounts of cool blue colors in this room. If Pinto had chosen a blue Savonnerie rug to match the colors of the walls, this room would have looked too cold. Because this room has so much blue, Pinto chose furniture with gold accents to supplement the gold in the Savonnerie rug.
To achieve this glamorous look, find a Savonnerie rug with a mixture of gold and blue and carry those colors throughout the room. Use different tints and shades of your rug’s blue on the walls and in the furniture. Make sure you balance the cool blues in the room with enough warm accents to create a room that feels welcoming.
A Blue and Purple Savonnerie Rug Adorns a Hotel Particulier in Paris
Pinto chose a sumptuous Savonnerie rug with blue, purple and gold to anchor luxurious blue and gold furnishings in the salon of a Hotel Particulier in Paris. Image courtesy Alberto Pinto.
We saw in the first room in today’s post that Pinto used a warm colored Savonnerie rug to balance the large amounts of cool blue’s on the walls and on the sofas. In this salon in Paris Pinto used a Savonnerie rug with large amounts of blue even though the walls are also blue. Why then does this room does not appear too cold? The reason is that the blue on the wall is balanced by warm golds in the trim and picture frames, and warm wood tones of the doors. The sofa is gold and the other furniture is mostly gold. The Savonnerie rug also has a gold accents. So in this room the blue and gold appear together in many places in the room so they create a balance. In the first room the walls had large expanses of cold blue and very little gold. The two sofas added more blue. So a gold Savonnerie rug was chosen to balance the large amounts of blue.
Unify English and French Styles with Savonnerie Rug
Pinto chose a blue Savonnerie rug to unify English and French furniture in the drawing room in an English castle. Image courtesy Alberto Pinto.
Cool colors predominate in this room. Although there are warm golds and brown wood tones in this room, they are not used in sufficient amounts to balance the large expanses of blue on the walls and in the Savonnerie carpet. The pale lavender velvet on the sofas adds more cool colors and the white trim and ceiling amplifies the cooling effect of the blue on the walls. Perhaps it was the preference of Pinto’s clients that the room feel a little cool, although the climate of England would make me want the room to feel warmer than this room does.
Savonnerie rugs with cool tones like blue or purple look refined and sophisticate—especially when paired with luxe gold furnishings. We have seen that gold and other warm colors such browns and wood tones should be used in sufficient amounts to balance the cooling effect of blue. A room with good balance of blue and gold looks sophisticated, elegant and luxurious. You can either spread the blue and gold in roughly equal amounts throughout as in the second room or you can have some areas that have more blue and others that have more gold as in the first room.
Interior designers often start by finding the Savonnerie rug first and then balancing the colors in the rest of the room to create an overall welcoming feeling. If you do things the other way around and pick wall colors and fabrics first, it will be much harder to find the perfect Savonnerie rug that will work with the rest of the room.