Given the power of one rug to transform a space, it stands to reason that two rugs have an even greater impact! Indeed, strategically layering floor coverings not only increases the degree of warmth and intimacy in a space, it also creates additional dimension. For example, a smaller rug on top of a larger one can carve out a conversation zone in a living room, while in a dining room it establishes a stronger foundation for your table and chairs.
Consider the basic elements of design when choosing which rugs to layer. Combine a large-scale print with a smaller one in the same palette; pair different but complementary colors; or stay in the same range of hues and patterns but play with textures. In the end, there’s no right answer when layering rugs–mixing and matching is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your decor!
With the wintry mix outside and the crackling fire in, now is the time to embrace rich jewel tones…especially with Christmas looming around the corner. Set the stage within your wardrobe and home with some seasonal colors. The key jewel for this festive season is a regal shade of evergreen. To achieve this glamorous look, channel Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, a tale of a complex love affair set in Russia. Envision romantic and luxurious velvet, tucked and pleated layers of raw silk, even sumptuous, thick furs. Patterns take reference from baroque architectural elements, patchworked paisleys, and intricate laces and crochets. This look is romantic, sultry, and oh-so-luxe.
While evergreen is often traditionally used for holiday home decor, there are ways to twist this deeply saturated and rich hue to make it more modern and updated. A gently transitioning ombre effect is reminiscent of dip-dying–the perfect contemporary touch for the home and a great base upon which to place handsome furniture pieces. Spruce up a lengthy hallway or entryway with this patchworked beauty, theMomeni Vintage Runner. The pieced look of the artwork is slightly ethnic, yet still very much a neutral for inside your home. Another trick: play with the scale of elements. Opt for a larger scale pattern motif, such as over-sized baroque arabesques, on a deep evergreen ground for a dramatic effect. In terms of color, evergreen is best paired with vibrant crimson, buttery warm gold, and perhaps a touch of crisp ivory and deep ebony. With the festivities around the corner, stay tuned for more ways to update your home for all of those incoming guests!
One of the easiest ways to create a sophisticated interior is to choose a simple, restrained color palette and use it throughout your space–and there’s no simpler pairing than black and white! From an artful arrangement of vintage photography to a sleek charcoal leather sofa adorned in snowy flokati pillows, black and white styling elevates any genre of decor.
But don’t worry that going all black and white will look cold. The duo’s clean and classic effect affords you the opportunity to express your fun side with mixed prints like stripes, dots, and more. You can also play with materials and texture, adding in surface finishes like worn ebony wood, mottled white marble, or high-gloss ceramic. Indeed, when it comes to interiors, a little black and white thinking goes a long way!
If there’s one type of floor covering that can easily find a home in any space, it’s the tribal pattern rug. Their earthy hues and knotted textures add warmth to bright, clean, contemporary spaces. Alternatively, if you have a more traditional interior on your hands, tribal rugs enhance the drama and intensity with their intricate patterns and rich sense of history.
This style of rug has its origins in the nomadic cultures of Central Asia, where textiles like these were used as prayer rugs or as decoration on floors, walls, and even ceilings. Antique handmade pieces are highly coveted items and as such are quite pricey, but today there are plenty of wallet-friendly options as well. No matter your budget or your taste, you can’t go wrong with a tribal rug!
Just because you want a neutral space, doesn’t mean it has to be boring or bland. In some cases keeping a neutral palette will actually make you search harder to find more interesting items to decorate and furnish with. You will look past color and more at texture, quality, fabric, and craftsmanship.
Inspired by movie producer Avi Arad’s Malibu, California, house featured on Architectural Digest, I put together a collection of not boring neutral rugs.
With Halloween past and Thanksgiving looming on the horizon, now is the time to cuddle up to your sweetheart in front of a blazing fire, cocoa (or mulled wine!) in hand. Talk about picture perfect! When I daydream about the cabin chic aesthetic, I envision fuzzy woolen socks, handsome and worn flannel, and patinaed, well-loved leather. This look is a touch Americana, a smidgen alpine ski lodge in the peaks of Vermont, and oh-so comfy cozy. The perfect environment for snuggling, don’t you think?
When it comes to translating this cabin chic aesthetic into your home, layering is absolutely essential. After all, it’s all about accessorizing with texture and multitudes of materials. Take a cue from your layered winter look by layering up rugs in your home. Don’t be afraid to mix up the shapes, textures and pattern. I especially love the idea of a traditionally braided oval rug in a colorful palette laid on top of two-tone geometric flat woven rug. This is a great way to get coverage on your floor without splurging on one giant rug. Even end tables can get in on the action–simply opt for a grouping of nesting tables. This style is great for adding surface area when entertaining guests, providing a spot for them to put their drinks. Lastly, add a touch of iconic alpine artwork to an armchair or sofa with a decorative pillow. This handsome moose practically begs for a snuggle. Put another log on the fire and settle in for winter!
If you’re looking to add interest to a space but want an alternative to standard floor coverings, be sure to put a hide rug on your list of options. Once just a mainstay of mountain lodges and cowboy movie sets, hides have gone mainstream. Whether your interiors style is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, they’re a great way to inject texture and subtle, neutral pattern.
There are hide rugs to suit every style and palette. A zebra rug (don’t worry, it’s actually wool!) sets the scene for a glam boudoir or sitting area; cowhide warms up midcentury-inspired rooms; and hides in mottled grey mimic reindeer for a nod to Scandinavian chic. Hides also have the benefit of being easy to clean with a simple shake outside, and they layer well on top of other rugs for a quick change in decor. No chaps and spurs required!
A great way to add color to an otherwise neutral space is with rugs and pillows. A bright colorful rug will make a huge statement and transform the space, or for something less dramatic you can go with colorful pillows. Pillows can easily be switched out each season or moved from room to room. They are also easier to store if you want to pull them back out next year. A rug is a bit more of a decor investment.
When looking for a colorful rug, take note of the ones you are consistently drawn to. Is it typically a similar color palette? A similar style? If there is one you continue to come back to and you love it–go for it! Let the rest of your room evolve around your rug.
Brr… do you feel that chill in the air? It‘s finally autumn and the cold, shortened days are officially here to prove it! It‘s time to hunker down and nest… in your home interiors and wardrobe selections. I love to call this ‘Sweater Weather.‘ Personally, during this time of year I love to surround myself with thick, chunky knits. Think over-sized vintage fisherman‘s sweaters, cozy pull-on hats and mittens, and over-sized cable knit scarves. This winter-in-New-England aesthetic traditionally calls for a palette of neutrals: ivory and ecru; pale, icy grey; creamy white; maybe the slightest touch of taupe or straw. It‘s all about keeping things simple, textural, and sophisticated. This fall, let the color come from the changing crunchy leaves and mountains of gourds and pumpkins!
Cozy, thick woolen rugs are an especially perfect way to prep your home for the recent shift in seasons. Cold wooden or tile floors are no one’s friend when the temp drops, so I like to layer on the neutrals. Don’t be afraid to dabble in multiple shades of neutral, just so long as they tell a cohesive story. Also, a touch of Scandinavian design, such as this Colonial Mills Sedona Gray style, gorgeously complements the simpler styling of a traditional braided oval rug. Guests will comment on your interior design prowess, while your tootsies will be kept chill-free until warmer months arrive. Lastly, try placing large rugs in unexpected locations: the master bath, between the sink and kitchen island, or even within your home’s entryway.
The history of the color indigo is long and legendary. One of the oldest and most prized dyes used for textiles, the plant that yields the deep, striking blue that we associate with indigo grows natively in tropical regions of Asia. During the course of history, indigo had such a major influence on the world economy that it acquired the nickname ‘Blue Gold’! Today a synthetic compound is most often used to dye fabrics this rich, distinctive shade, but the effect is still the same: Indigo fosters a dramatic, alluring sensibility anywhere it appears.
Rugs present the perfect opportunity to bring home the intensity of indigo. From ombre shading to tone-on-tone patterns, this particular shade functions largely as a neutral and therefore will create a strong foundation in any room of the house. A patchwork grid suits more modern spaces, while an indigo Ikat has an exotic feel. Just like your favorite jeans (the first denim was made with indigo dye), rich blue rugs will go with everything and only get better with time!