How the Shapes in Geometric Rugs Shape Our Emotions

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"I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk." Dorothy Draper was talking about her approach to design, but she may as well have been referring to the effect that geometric rugs can have on a room. Geometric rugs are more than just floor coverings filled with designs featuring angles or curves. Have you ever noticed that you're drawn to particular shapes? If someone placed a square table in front of you and a round one, you'd probably have pretty strong opinions about which one you'd want in your home. Not only are humans drawn to certain shapes, but they're also drawn to symmetry and proportion. Shapes literally "shape" our emotions, drawing out of us a wide range of emotions ranging from ethereal calm to vivid, dynamic energy., Read More

How to Modernize Traditional Decorating with Geometric Rugs: 6 Tips

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Do you love the reassuring comfort of traditional furniture, but dislike stuffy, old fashioned interiors? Do you love a clean modern look but feel contemporary furniture is cold and unromantic? You will be happy to learn that two AD100 interior design greats Bunny Williams and Thad Hayes have figured out how to design clean, airy, modern interiors by using geometric rugs and editing the color palette down to two or three colors. I have reduced their decorating approach to 6 key ideas which you can use to design modern interiors which have the charm, warmth and romance of traditional forms. I will illustrate the 6 ideas with a romantic dining room by Bunny Williams and a blue and white living room by Thad Hayes. As you study these 6 ideas keep in mind that you can also apply them to bedrooms, libraries, family rooms, sun rooms and entry ways.   Read More

10 Best Hamptons Interiors with Decorative Rugs in Blue, Grey, Cream

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These 10 best Hamptons interiors are relaxed, calm, easygoing and stylish and most importantly, they encourage you to enjoy the great expanses of sea and sky in a casual laid back style. When you are in the Hamptons you want to swim, read, stroll leisurely on the beach or paint under the shade of a beautiful tree. Come evening you want to relax in comfortable chairs, drinks in hand and enjoy the glorious sunsets. Read More