Decorating With Black Rugs: Faux Pas, or Très Bien?

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Here's the thing: decorating with black rugs is not a fantasy dreamed up by some color and design-challenged person who doesn't know an Aubusson rug from an Oushak rug. Your first thought about a black rug may put you in mind of a massive black hole in the center of a room that sucks everything into it. Black rugs can change bland rooms into gorgeous havens and plain spaces into exciting ones. Depending on the type of black rug you choose, decorating with black rugs may very well be the answer to any lingering and frustrating design dilemmas. Read More

How to Decorate: Cowtan & Tout Fabric and Yellow, Blue and Green Rug

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Cowtan and Tout fabrics include Colefax And Fowler and Jane Churchill fabrics in yellow green, blue, grey and white. When looking for a green rug to pair with these fabrics, avoid the mistake of trying to exactly match the colors in the fabrics. If you do exact color matching the room will look flat and feel lifeless. The 5 tips for decorating with these fabrics and green rugs will guide you in creating beautiful, invigorating rooms that feel inviting in all seasons. Read More

How to Decorate with Colefax & Fowler Fabrics and Green Rugs: 5 Tips

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With the arrival of spring nature is pouring out a profusion of new growth in every imaginable shade of green. Every day new flowers arrive and green starts to play a supporting role for yellow, blue, purple, red and orange. When you decorate with Colefax and Fowler’s green fabrics and green rugs you are taking a lesson from nature and creating a highly flexible backdrop, because every color in the rainbow will go with some shade of green. Using green as a canvas, you will be able to introduce a wide range of  colors to freshen your decor. But green is not just nauture's universal supporting color, it also has many beneficial effects- it is soothing to the eye, calming to frayed emotions and invigorating to the mind. Green symbolizes new growth, possibility, healing and acceptance.  Our Five tips for decorating with green rugs and green fabrics show you how to get the most out of decorating with nature's favorite color. Read More

10 Classic David Easton Interiors with Needlepoint Rugs

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David Easton masterfully recaptures the elegance of the classic English country house with quintessentially English needlepoint rugs. What is even more fascinating is how David pairs the classical order and symmetry of neoclassical architecture with floral needlepoint rugs and thereby creates a modern rendition of the English Georgian style. David's design approach is continuously evolving as he incorporates changes in technology to create what he calls “an envelope for a lifestyle". Read More

How to Glamorize Brunschwig & Fils Ikat Fabrics with Aubusson Rugs

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Oscar de la Renta was the first fashion designer to introduce Ikat dresses on fashion runways in 2005, and ever since then he has demonstrated his love for Ikats by working directly with Ikat weavers in Uzbeksitan (see video). So when I was looking for confirmation for the idea of pairing Brunschwig & Fils Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug, I researched de la Renta's Fall 2013 Ready to Wear Collection and was very pleased to find that he had combined geometric and floral Ikat patterns in a fabulous dress. Oscar de la Renta had done exactly what Asmara designer Alexis McDermott did when she paired Brunschwig & Fils geometric Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug featured in today's post. Geometric Ikat fabrics have a naturalistic and comfortable look that contrasts with the refined curves of a floral Aubusson rug. The combination of two such contrasting looks makes a room feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It is the interior design equivalent of wearing blue jeans with a silk top. When this is done well, the result is both chic and comfortable. On the opposite end of the spectrum are rooms that look boring because everything is of the same style and from the same design period. Interior designer Cindy Rinfret calls this type of decorating "embassy style decorating." Read More

How to Pair Green Rugs with Colefax and Fowler’s Spring 2013 Fabrics

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If you are trying to find a great green rug to pair with the Spring 2013 Fabrics from Colefax and Fowler, Jane Churchill, Larsen and Manuel Canovas, it is important you pay attention to two important factors, first the shades of green in the green rug and second, the pattern of the green rug. Today we will look at lime green colorations of Callan Stripe, Brooke, Gilpin Stripe, Earthy and Jules. Taking color first, we note that lime green has a lot of yellow in it so it should be balanced with a blue-green. A fashionable choice would be Pantone's Emerald 17-5641, the color of the year for 2013. However, be careful to avoid green rugs with large expanses of emerald green as they could make a room feel cold. Emerald as an accent color is fine, and it is even better if it is accompanied by a warm color such as yellow. Read More

How to Decorate in Style with Orange, Grey and Beige Rugs

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Mary McDonald's new Chinois Palais fabric for Schumacher is being advertised in a room which has a grey and white geometric rug. While this room looks eye catching, it feels cold. This is because grey hs been used in a large area of the geometric rug. If grey had been used in smaller amounts such as in pillows, it would have created an attractive pop, without making the room feel cold. Read More

How to Design Cheery Interiors with Spring Color Needlepoint Rugs

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The last big storm of this winter has wrapped my house in a thick blanket of snow and in the soft silence I have begun dreaming of nestling with a good book in a warm library decorated in cheery spring colors instead of dark wintry tones. My inspiration is a happy needlepoint rug with fresh green, sea blue, yellow, coral and red. I have always wanted an antique English mahogany breakfront book case, but to give the room a more interesting look I paired it with a mid-century modern French settee and Art Deco pieces. The red fabric on the settee resonates nicely with the energizing coral and red in the needlepoint rug. This design scheme can be easily adapted for a cheerful living room by replacing the book case with sea green or sea blue upholstery. Read More

Are Any Needlepoint Rugs Durable Enough for Active Rooms? 5 Tips

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When clients ask interior designer Mary Ann Hart Beardman if a needlepoint rug is durable enough for active living rooms and dining rooms, she recalls the day when a neighbor’s large dog ran all over her living room needlepoint rug leaving large, wet and muddy paw prints all over the pristine cream background of her Branches needlepoint rug. Others may have panicked, but Mary knew better. She waited a day until the wet mud had completely dried and then vacuumed off the dirt without leaving a trace! Read More

How to Glam Your Décor with a Colorful Rug and Stay on Budget: 5 Tips

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It is easy to go over the decorating budget unless you take a strategic approach: Limit yourself to just one splurge on a must have statement piece, such as a chic colorful rug, and then save and also heighten the drama by choosing neutral furniture in sculptural shapes. Today's 6 decorating tips show how the right colorful rug makes it easy to stay on budget and enrich the decor at the same time. Read More