Sunday, 04 August 2013

Use Rugs To Complete The Room

Bringing colour into a room as an essential part of Interior Decorating, however when you mention colour most people think about paint.  Obsessing too much on the colour of the room can also mean you end up with everything in the same colour and no variety or depth, leading to either a dull or overbearing interior.   There are many different elements to consider in design and decorating such as texture, light and shade, contrast, focal point, pattern and finishes (such as wood, stainless steel, glass) to name a few.   

One item I love to add to a room are rugs, see below of a formal lounge where the rug brought together all the blues used in the room.

In the past I have found it difficult to find an interesting rug other than the obvious Persian rugs which have been around for years, and will be around for years to come.  I have no problem with Persian rugs as these definitely have their place and there are some amazing examples of Persians around.  I do, however, prefer the more contemporary rugs and suddenly there are more and more suppliers popping up all over the place… and it is about time.

images of rugs from Designers Guild

Home Fabrics recently launched their new range of rugs from Designers Guild and I cannot wait to use these in an interior.  The patterns are not just your standard stripes and dots that we have seen so many times before (although I do love the stripes I have seen in this Designers Guild Range due to the fantastic use of colour), but the florals are elegant and not too old fashioned, the geometrics are bold and graphic, but not overdone.

image from Designers Guild

I love to use a rug that makes the other colours and accessories in the room "pop".  In rooms that have been tiled or where wooden floors dominate it is great to break up the floor with something soft and warm, creating a more comfortable and intimate setting. 

image from Designers Guild

It is with a sigh of relief that I am seeing more and more designer rugs become readily available without spending a fortune or having to arrange importing them ourselves. A rug warms the room visually and can anchor the furniture within that space, furniture which would otherwise look like it was "floating" in the room.  So do not underestimate the statement a rug can make and have fun.