How to Give Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color

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When interior designer Susan Nelson was asked to design the living room in Washington Design Center's prestigious DreamHome, she immediately recalled seeing a gold rug with bright colors that she thought would be perfect for infusing the room with youthful energy, "My goal was to design a pretty living room that would bring a smile to anyone who entered", said Nelson. "The first design decision was to use the Asmara Pamplona gold Savonnerie rug to center the furniture. I just love this geometric, architectural rug and can’t help but smile when I look at all those colors – yellow, green, coral, turquoise, lavender..." Interior designer Christina Murphy a member of House Beautiful's "America's Top 100 Designers," would have agreed. Murphy popular quote reproduced here says, "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging." The best way to create vibrant punches of color is to use a gold rug as a backdrop. Because fabrics and accessories look fresher and more vibrant when placed on a gold rug. Susan Nelson's show house living room is a great way to learn our 5 Tips: How to Give  Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color. Read More

16 Elegant and Fashionable Rooms with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs

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Last month I predicted that Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs will soon become highly fashionable because these colors were a hot new trend in women's fashion for Spring-Summer 2012 on the January and February runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York. When I made that prediction, I had no idea that just a month after appearing on fashion runways these colors would be dominating the offerings at home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel. I discovered the speed at which trends are jumping from women fashion to home furnishing last Saturday while taling a casual walk through Boston's upscale Chestnut Hill Mall. Poorly designed orange rugs and coral rugs have been rushed to market to catch the hot new trend Read More

16 Chic Interiors: How to Decorate with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs

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Updated August, 2016. Orange, Coral and Tangerine have recently been hits on the fashion runways in Paris, Milan and London and we even see celebrities appearing in orange. So you might think that orange is a new fashion color. But just look at the rooms from the 1960's and 70's by legendary decorators Billy Baldwin and David Hicks and you will see that orange rugs, coral rugs, terracotta rugs, tangerine walls, and citrus colored fabrics were just as fashionable in the 60's and 70's as they are today with decorators such as Jamie Drake, Mary McDonald, Katie Ridder and David Easton... The 16 stylish interiors in this post show us how to decorate with orange rugs and with the many mellower shades of orange. Read More

How to Design with Decorative Rugs in Yellow, Purple, Coral and Aqua

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Interior Designer Susan Nelson  was selected by the Washington Design Center to do the interior design of the coveted living room in the prestigious DreamHome 2011. Susan chose a color scheme of yellow, purple, green, aqua, coral, lavender and pink that she derived from a favorite decorative rug by Asmara. Susan explains her design process in this blog post. Read More