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How to Use Rugs in Small Spaces

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Mademoiselle Claudine

There’s an argument to be made that when you’re living in a small space, whether out of choice or necessity, that it’s even more important to hone in and establish your interior style. Having fewer square feet to work with doesn’t mean you have to compromise on aesthetics, but it does mean you need to make better decisions because every inch of space counts for more. One decor element that can make a huge difference is the right floor rug because it can serve any number of purposes.

If you’re dwelling in a studio, drawing an invisible line between areas of use can get tricky because you want your space to feel as open as possible. Opting for a floor rug that coordinates with the area you’re putting it in is a great place to start. For example, if it’s the living room, bring in some tones from your couch. That’s not saying you have to go super trendy or make a huge statement; sometimes sticking to a more neutral, budget-friendly option is the way to go.

Just laying down a simply designed floor rug can make your place feel instantly more pulled together, particularly if you have a collection of mis-matched home goods. An extra soft rug will add layers of texture and a feeling of homeyness that we can never get enough of. Pro Tip: Think outside of the norm and place your rug vertically rather than horizontally for an unexpected design decision.

Bring an entire space together with one large floor rug that compliments everything from your bed to your sofa, and it will also serve to create a great focal point for your living area. Go with a bold pattern or unexpected rug shape to make a real statement.

Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you need to skimp on color! Choose an unexpected hue that gets along with whatever other colors are present for a bit of energy. This is also a great technique for delineating space between bedroom and living room – you’ll spend far less time watching TV from bed. Using a rug with an unusual texture or layering several together is another good way to achieve this separation when using multiple rugs in your small space.

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Dreamy Sheds

What’s not to love about having a mini-getaway right in your own backyard? Whether you opt for a garden retreat, backyard art studio, party shed, or solo relaxation zone, a shed to call your own can be a fantastic way to de-stress, practice a craft or hobby, or even start a side business. Read on for five totally swoon-worthy examples of backyard sheds, plus tips on decking out your own tiny backyard dream shed.

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PeasAndNeedles
Peas & Needles

First up is this glorious shed created by a textile designer in the UK who wanted her own weaving studio where she could set up her loom, work on projects, but also relax with a cup of tea. I love how the layers of cozy rugs, cushions, and weavings create a cocoon-like effect — don’t you just want to jump in and snuggle with all of those fluffy pillows?

Lesson learned: If your shed isn’t feeling as comfy or inviting as you would like, add more soft stuff!

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Alice
Alice in Scandiland

Next up, we have an adorable little backyard office and studio for a Cornwall-based blogger and work-at-home mom. The interior style is very clean and Scandinavian with a natural fiber rug, light blue armchair, and mirrors reflecting the greenery outside — but my favorite part has got to be the fort addition for her daughter! This seems like the ideal solution if you want to be outdoors with your kids, but also perhaps sneak in a little work or (ahem) write a blog post.

Lesson learned: A shed doesn’t have to be just one thing. Make it work for your family by incorporating a fun element or two.

BHG
BHG

If you’re looking for complete and utter relaxation surrounded by nature, this is the shed for you. A converted greenhouse design, this shed is all fresh air and glass, so you can enjoy birdsong and fresh breezes as you read a book or cat nap on the daybed.

Lesson learned: Context is everything. What makes this space so great is that it’s tucked back into a quiet corner of the garden and completely surrounded by lush green foliage.

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BHG

It’s shed party time! From the black-and-white striped floors and hanging chair to the bar cart and fringed chandelier, this super fun space has a lot going on, and it totally works. If you love to entertain but are getting tired of having everyone in your house, an entertaining shed could be just the ticket.

Lesson learned: You don’t need a shed big enough to fit a crowd to count as a party shed! If you can fit the drinks cart and a seat or two, you’re good. Guests can drift in and out, and the party fare will stay out of the sun.

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Style By Emily Henderson

Sometimes you just want somewhere to get away from it all and relax. If that’s the case, may I recommend outfitting your shed with a daybed, topped with loads of soft blankets and cushions? Add a tree stump table and oil lamp for a back-to-the-woods feel, but keep the palette light with shades of cream and driftwood.

Lesson learned: Sheds are awesome, no matter how you use them. Now if you need me, I’ll be in the greenhouse with my dog-eared copy of Anne of Green Gables and a tall iced mint tea.

Dreamy Shed Shopping Guide

Dreamy Shed Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Boho Paisley Elephant II by Danhui Nai; Not All Who Wander by Katie Doucette; Momeni Boho rug in ivory; Surya Jute Natural Woven rug in natural.

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2018 Home Trends

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My Domaine

Statement Ceilings

While we’re used to having a statement something in the room, focusing on the ceiling is having its moment. A black ceiling can do the opposite of what you’d expect and add a feeling of vast space, while a wallpapered one can basically turn your ceiling into art. I love this trend for its unexpectedness and ease – if you don’t like the result just grab a paintbrush and cover it up.

Generous Kitchen Sinks

This look has been creeping up on us for the last few years, and in 2018 trough and bucket kitchen sinks are coming on the strongest yet. Who wouldn’t want a big, luxurious one that gives you space to wash the dishes and adds some killer lines to the room? Before you raise your hand, keep in mind that you can find these huge basins in a variety of materials, finishes, and price points.

Concrete

Another trend that’s been gaining momentum is concrete. Concrete everything. The material that was once considered bottom of the barrel and industrial is now a decor darling in the form of bare floors, countertops, furniture, and so much more. What I like most is how concrete has the ability to make the indoors feel like the outdoors and vice versa. (Bonus: It’s incredibly easy to clean.)

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Sage

While green isn’t my go-to wall color, I’d happy paint away with these recently popular green/greys. A dusty sage can make a room feel instantly more breathable, relaxing, and charming. It would be a nice wall option for the popular jungle bathroom look as well as if you have a black thumb and are simply craving the feeling of life and earth in your home.

Herringbone

Some classic looks ebb and flow with the decades, and herringbone is one of them. Right now you can find the chic pattern gracing floors, shower enclosures, and kitchen backsplashes alike. It’s an easy fix to make this look modern, it all comes down to the materials and color choices made. Pair it with other trends – a herringbone ceiling or a concrete shower floor – to pack a design punch.

Florals

As much as I love the real thing, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with florals in home decor. This year they’re seeing a big resurgence and I’m having a change of heart, at least when it comes to big, bright, and bold patterns that are full of color. I also love the idea of replacing a backsplash with floral wallpaper as seen above – how great would that look paired with some open shelving?

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Vintage Rugs

What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to vintage rugs! No one can deny the appeal a well-worn rug with the perfect combination of color and pattern brings to a space. But if you’re not ready to commit to the real deal because of kids, pets, or your own clumsy ways, these lookalikes are the perfect choice.

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Decorate with the Senses for a Feel-Good Home

A home that delights the senses puts us instantly at ease — just think of the warmth of a crackling fire, the scent of baking bread, or the flicker of candlelight. Makes you feel all cozy inside, right? We tend to get hung up thinking about how our homes look, without giving nearly as much thought to how they make us feel. But if you want to walk in the door at the end of a long day and feel that great big, delightful sigh of relief (and who doesn’t?), it’s time to tap into the power of the senses.

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Warmth. At its most basic, our homes are shelter from the elements. By playing up your home’s warming elements — think crackling fires, cozy blankets, and thick, cushy rugs — we can access this fundamental human need to feel snug and safe. If you don’t have a woodstove or working fireplace, you can still suggest warmth by stacking up a pile of rustic firewood or a basket of pinecones, and bringing in other cozy accessories like good books, mugs of tea, and soft blankets.

Views
Sarah Andrews via Design Sponge

Views. Whether your home’s best view is to a stunning seascape like the one shown here, or a more modest sliver of green, aim to make the most of what you’ve got. A connection to the outdoors — even if you’re in the middle of a city — can extend sight lines, make your home feel more spacious, and bring in the changing blues and grays of the sky. If possible, try shifting furniture to position a desk or favorite armchair so it’s angled to better enjoy the view out a window.

Textures
Stephanie Ryan
 via Design Sponge

Texture. Playing up texture in the home is all about contrast. Look at the fabric and other materials of your home up close and count how many different textures you can find. If it’s less than five, aim to add a few more! Mix it up with nubby linen, crisp cotton, rustic wood, woven rattan, silk, smooth leather, and shiny glass or metal.

Soundscape
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Soundscape. What you hear in your home can have a big impact on your mood. Can you hear nature sounds out the windows, or traffic? If the sounds around your home are ones you’d rather not hear, consider investing in better sound-proofing, or a small tabletop fountain to create a burbling white noise. Next, take some time to think about what sort of music you most enjoy listening to. Consider curating playlists for yourself on Spotify, or within your personal music library, to suit different moods.

Scent
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Scent (and taste). Scented candles might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scent at home, but there are many other ways to create layers of delicious scents at home. Pick out potted houseplants with scents you love (scented geranium is a favorite of mine), use cleaning products infused with essential oils, light natural beeswax candles, and don’t forget to open up the windows to let in the fresh breeze! And as far as taste goes, consider keeping your pantry stocked with wonderful-smelling teas and local honey, and growing a few pots of fresh culinary herbs in the window.

Focal Point
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Focal point. Having a visual focal point is an interior design principle that you can put to work in every room in the house. In the space shown here, a wild purple-painted piano tucked into a nook covered in leafy wallpaper is sure to grab the eye! Your focal point can be as dramatic — or as soothing — as you like. Consider hanging a single work of art, using a rug in a rich hue, or putting the spotlight on a single great chair.

Little Lights
Stephanie Ryan via Design Sponge

Mood lighting. Last but not least, think about how light flows through your home. Do certain rooms get a lot of natural light, while others are dim? Boost lighting where needed with lamps, strands of twinkle lights, and plenty of candles for a diffused glow that makes everyone look (and feel) better.

Rug Shopping Guide
Rug Shopping Guide: (fantastically textured rugs, clockwise from top left) Surya Anchorage in taupe; Surya Sheepskin in white; Artistic Weavers Kentucky Ethan in brown; Karastan Prima Shag Fassi in ivory, cream, and taupe.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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