A patterned rug scares a lot of people. It’s a commitment, a statement, something to regret in a few months time.
And here’s where we differ from the common point of view: To our mind, there’s nothing more “right” for most interiors and here’s why:
1) Since most people choose solid larger furnishings, like sofas and chairs, patterns give a room a needed pop of interest.
2) Patterned rugs can tie disparate elements together in a way that a solid rug can’t.
3) Patterned rugs are more practical for those with kids and pets. They hide stains masterfully, as well as normal dirt and grime.
4) They can singularly project whatever style you’re hoping to accomplish in one fell swoop— sophisticated, whimsical, traditional, tribal.
5) They’re fun!
Don’t believe us, just take a look.
Imagine how boring this living room would look without the patterned rug. Beige walls, beige sofas, solid drapes. A neutral pattern maintains the soothing ethos of the room while still spicing things up quite a bit.
Here’s another room, a dining room, that gets a major style boost with a graphic black and white rug. The rug is perfect under a table, because the pattern will help hide spills.
The patterned rug in the interior below helps to tie together the whole room — the cream sofa, the blue walls and the brown chair.
Okay, so if we’ve convinced you, you may be asking yourself how to choose the best patterned rug for your interior.
- First, above all else, you need to evaluate the feel you are hoping for. For example, let’s say you have a modern style that you’d like to feel “timeless.” Think about adding a Persian rug to your interior.
See how the dual Oriental rugs in a modern interior provide the space with a classic feel? Here’s another example:
Or, let’s say you have the opposite situation — a very traditional interior that you’d like to give a modern flare.
Below, this leopard print rug in this traditional interior is totally unexpected. It takes a room which would have seemed traditionally “safe” and gives it a funky, modern feel.
Below, a bold graphic rug takes fairly traditional furniture into “modern primitive” territory.
- After you’ve decided on the feel you’re after, think about the colors in your room. Choose a pattern that picks up on those. Below, black and white is the theme.
And here, the red of the chairs and the dark panel at the base of the curtains is picked up in the rug.:
- Avoid the trends, or use them in smaller doses. One reason many folks are suspicious of patterns is that patterns are inherently trendy. Remember the psychedelic prints of the 60s that later fell out of favor? Who wants to sink a lot of money into a patterned rug that will be considered miserably out of style in a year or two? For that reason, whether you’re looking for a modern rug or a traditional rug, stick to classic patterns that have withstood the test of time. Oriental rugs, stripes, tribal patterns found in kilims are always a safe bet. When you see a lot of a type of pattern — the much vaunted chevron rug for example — know that this pattern is likely to fall out of favor relatively soon. It doesn’t mean you can’t buy a chevron rug, but you may want to use this pattern for a smaller rug that might easily be changed in a few years.
Below is a chevron rug that looks great, especially when combined with the patterned wallpaper. The design vision in this room seems clear enough that the rug will hold its own as it clearly reflects the homeowners personality. But be aware that in a lesser context, chevron is likely to seem passe in a few years time. If you get a chevron rug, it should absolutely work in your interior and you should love it!
Minimum Arquitectura designed this purist masterpiece that celebrates the blue skies of the mediterranean.
Huge volumes of architectonic space are carved out by generous white ‘air frames’.
Chunky white blocks frame the sky above a cube-shaped courtyard.
Another plant-filled courtyard, recessed into the building, can be partitioned off by a sliding glass wall when it rains.
Black slate flooring throughout has a thermal sink effect; soaking up the heat of the sun by day, and releasing it to warm the house by night.
One large frame encases both exterior and interior rooms.
In the spacing of the columns, the entrance – from the back – is reminiscent of once symmetrical Roman ruins that can be found in the region.
A sublimely simple bath set into the floor is the very image of total relaxation. Read the rest of this entry »
House P by Philipp Architekten seems braced as if against the distant view across Waldenburg, Germany.
It is almost as if the building is a dragon about to chomp up this incredible landscape.
The house gazes out over a horizon that seems to stretch to the ends of the earth.
Setting a solid yet airy minimalist tone overlooking this view, great slabs of white limestone create a dining table in the view space.
The front of the house appears to float above the ‘dragons teeth’ at the front of the house.
Its bulk seems to be supported only by a wooden central core within.
This wooden core at the front of the house contains the kitchen like a booth in a mall.
This cube, completely panelled with elm wood, is a key element inside the glass box front.
The back of the booth contains the staircase to the private rooms upstairs.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is surrounded by clean white light.
The minimalism in the parents’ bathroom is a natural extension of the Germanic distaste for fuss and bother. Read the rest of this entry »
Designed for a small family, an architect and a musician and their child, this forest dwelling is a cosy haven in the woods.
Even in daylight, very little light gets to the bottom of a tall forest like this.
Parra + Edwards Architects named this Apollo 11 to suggest a structure like a rocket ship that landed gently in a forest without touching it at any time – that could take off again, leaving the forest intact.
The family live here with their child, all sleeping upstairs in a simple arrangement.
But downstairs, an architects studio occupuys the quiet and meditative live/work space.
And musical notes can be heard emanating from the dwelling which also functions as a recording studio and rehearsal space for acoustic and electric music.
The workspace and living and kitchen all occupy the ground floor studio space.
The house is a cosy and warm shelter by night.
But by day, living on the forest floor means very little daylight is filtered down through the forest canopy.
This very filtered daylight is not for everybody. But for some, this sort of seclusion is a plus.
Home is where the heart is.
Spring is just around the corner…. isn’t it? At least we’re hoping so! A long, frigid winter in many parts of the world has homeowners everywhere dreaming of lilies and tulips. But if Spring is still a ways off wherever you are, you can still get a feeling of Spring inside by changing your wall color to a warm, floral color —- pink!!!
Pink is the rarest of colors in most interiors these days. Pink calls to mind the rooms of little girls and just about nothing else. And yet, there is something about pink that is both soothing and a bit flamboyant at the same time. It’s warm but can be bold or subtle. No matter what, pink is nearly always unexpected. For that reason alone, it is a color that comes unparalleled if you want to set a space apart from the run-of-the-mill greige that has taken hold today. Shall we have a look?
The first thing to know about pink is that it can carry an air of Old World sophistication. Plenty of gracious apartments in Milan and Rome, for example, are painted this color, which is regarded as a classic. Pink in these circumstances acts as a neutral, and is a nice color to use to complement browns and blacks. In the foyer below, a quiet pink is the perfect backdrop to paintings and drawings that use brown and black. The black chairs pick up on the idea resulting in a sophisticated, quiet setting with an intellectual feel.
Here’s another view of the same foyer:
Another pink living room with the same classic, intellectual vibe is shown below. There is nothing wild or off-putting about this pink. It’s easy to live with, relaxing, cozy but not common. It feels like the comfort food of interior decorating.
But here’s the thing about pink. Although it can easily go classic when used in a very subtle shade, like this….
All it takes is a deeper hue, and suddenly you’ve got a modern vibe going. Like this:
What’s the key to making pink work?
- Choose the “right” pink. If you’re looking for a sophisticated color, choose a dusky pink with a bit more brown or gray in it. Avoid the pure “girly” pink of childhood bedrooms, unless, of course, you’re decorating a child’s bedroom. If you’re looking for something dynamic, modern and fun, choose a brighter fuschia or magenta.
- Choose your complementary colors carefully. Pink really does act as a neutral in many ways. You can completely change the spirit of a room by choosing different colors to work with your pink. In a bold modern interior, you might opt for a bold orange, red or even a bold yellow. In a more traditional interior, you might opt for brown, black or grey.
- Use it as an accent wall. Afraid to try an entire room of pink? Paint an accent wall a bold magenta. Or opt to paint a room used for only short periods of time — a foyer or bathroom, for example.
- “Embrace” a pink you’ve inherited. Did just buy a home with a pink bathroom and you can’t afford to change it? Make the most of it! Choose a complementary color (black, brown or gray looks great with pink) and run with it. Make it look intentional. Experiment with African fabrics in black and brown, or choose a few black and white drawings for the wall. Style is all about attitude.
- Bring it in through smaller doses. You don’t necessarily have to paint a room pink to get that unexpected pop of Spring color. Explore bringing in touches of pink with pillows, light fixtures and textiles. See how much impact pink has in this otherwise quiet gray room?
It may still feel like winter in many parts of the country, but rest assured that with a little pink on your walls, you’ll plenty of warm spring breezes and sunshine!