Posts Tagged ‘rug’

Decorating with Area Rugs

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Area rugs are a great way to add style to a room. They require minimal effort, are easy to come by and inexpensive. Check out these inspiring area rugs.

By placing a large area rug directly underneath furniture, living room dwellers are given a comfortable sitting area without the pain of installing carpets.

This large area rug carpets the majority of this sitting area, allowing guests to get comfy on the floor as well as the couch.

Place an area rug in line with an over sized mirror to elongate a small space.

Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s one for every space.

Area rugs can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily. Please come and explore the many different rugs we have in stock. Our designers can help you determine which shape and color would work best in your home.

Andy Warhol and More: Abstract Area Rugs

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Andy Warhol is known for his bright, bold color combinations in his famous pop art silk screens. These bright and bold colors translate easily to abstract area rugs that are perfect for a contemporary room. We’re not thinking a rug that copies Tomato Soup or his portraits of Liz Taylor– although those certainly would make a statement in your room! Abstract and geometrical designs, bold blocks of color can add interest to not only your floors but your entire room.

Contemporary design is all about form and line. If you furniture has strong lines or geometric forms, an abstract rug can create a nice balance and soften the overall feeling of the space. Keep furniture colors neutral if you want the rug to be the focal point. Or coordinate the rug with an existing bold color palette if you want it to blend. Bright colors will stand out more on a dark floor or against black furniture. A colorful abstract rug paired with white furniture will feel fresh.

Bright colors, anchored by strong black lines, are signatures of pop art by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries. Rugs with abstract patterns in black and white or in contrasting colors can bring the look of pop art to a living room, dining room or hall. Let the pattern be the star of the room. Keep accessories simple.

Be adventurous and chose an abstract rug inspired by Pop Art to complement your contemporary space from our Century Flooring selection. We think you’ll love it for longer than Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame.

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

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The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.

Go Rustic with Wide Planks

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

While this room is clearly part of an older house, you can do a number of things to get a similar feel in your own home.

Choosing a wide plank wood floor provides a great starting point. This type of floor sets the tone for the space. It also works better in a long narrow room such as this one. This floor has a matte finish so that it feels like it’s been walked on for decades. A hand-scraped floor – available in a number of finishes – also feels like something from another time.

The wide hand-hewn fireplace would be difficult to reproduce. Think about a natural stone hearth and surround to re-create the feel of a fireplace from yesterday. The extra-large hearth provides room for rustic accessories. Farmhouse tables such as the one shown are available in both new and antique furniture stores.

Accessories such as hand-turned bowls and handmade pottery keep the craft-oriented focus. The braided rug to the left and the open shelving on the back wall also spell out a time when people did things for themselves.

If you are not handy with wood or fabric, you can still have that hand-crafted feel to your home. Take the time to explore antique shops and craft fairs to find handmade accessories and furniture. Use dried grasses and flowers to add features such as the wreath over the fireplace. And consider a warm wide-plank wood floor to help set the tone.

Romantic Bedroom

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Warm and inviting, this room immediately creates a romantic mood. The flowers, the antique linens and painted furniture combine with the art and accessories to take you to another part of the world and even another time.

Whether for your bedroom or a guest room, the simple handmade feel of this room makes for a unique and even exotic space. What can you do to create this type of mood in your own home?

Start with the floor. The terra cotta color of the textured tile is reminiscent of old unglazed flooring common in Latin America. It sets the stage for a simple yet dramatic space. This room has a small area rug by the bed, but a larger rug or two in soft tones would work well, adding warmth and a sense of softness.

The bed is beautiful, clearly hand carved and painted. While it would be difficult and expensive to find or reproduce, any four-poster adds this sense of old world style. Finding a used bed frame and painting it would bring you close to the same look.

The linens are also unique, but comparable options are available in some linen stores. Antique and thrift shops can also carry this sort of thing. Don’t limit your search to bed linens. Both the canopy and bed cover could be created with handcrafted tablecloths.

This room’s architecture has plenty of personality. If your room is more standard, consider paint and art to add character. This may be the space to show off accessories acquired on your travels. With a little effort and thought, you can turn a typical bedroom into something more exotic and unique.

A Romantic Indoor Picnic

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Holidays

With work, children and the general priorities of life, often romance gets pushed aside. As we head toward Valentine’s Day, let’s consider how to create a romantic afternoon or evening – to celebrate a relationship whether it’s a holiday, anniversary, or just an opportunity to remind your honey that you appreciate him or her.

How about recreating the mood of a picnic without going outside? Start by wandering around your house. Do you have a fireplace? That’s the natural location for a romantic setting. How about a window with a great view? A cozy den or corner of the family room would also work well.

The next step is setting up the space. If you have tile or wood set at least one area rug on top of the space. If possible, consider piling two or three on top of each other to add cushioning and interest. Area rugs of different sizes, shapes and colors can make a space feel almost like a Moroccan tent – exotic and exciting. Add some floor cushions or a bunch of pillows to make floor-sitting more comfy.

Now plan the food setting. Place a simple tablecloth or scarf on the rugs to designate the eating area. Add one or two vases of fresh flowers and some candles. You may want to choose the new LED faux votives like the ones in the photo to avoid the risk of fire on the padded surface.

For food, choose finger foods such as shrimp, fresh fruit and cheese and crackers. You may want to serve in courses, bringing out one type of food at a time. Consider fondue or any other type of food that leaves you time to talk and relax. To give your sweetheart a part in the plan, ask him or her to bring the wine.

Step back once everything is set up and take a look at the final presentation. Does it look inviting and intimate? Turn off all the lights except for the candles and take one of your flowers apart and scatter the petals on the tablecloth and rug. You’re ready for a lovely time.

Traditional and Daring

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Take a look at how this room makes traditional design choices seem fresh and new.

One major design decision leads the rest of the room – the dark grey-green paint color. It provides drama and a rich tone that complements the dark wood furniture and allows the rest of the room to stay light without looking bland.

The next exciting design impact comes from the carpeting. Traditionally, a room like this might have a wood floor, but this light patterned carpet adds an appealing element that helps keep the room cohesive. The design is quite traditional, but the addition of a rug in the same carpeting with a border in a different pattern adds an interesting twist that makes the room’s look more appealing and thoughtful.

The light upholstery on the loveseat and drapery treatments adds color and keeps the room’s light mode intact. The drapery valance seems a bit overblown for the room, plus it cuts into the crown molding, but this is the only out of tune note in an otherwise well-designed room.

Most people think traditional means that you can’t experiment, but this room shows that you can stay with a classic look while still letting your imagination run a little wild. Is your home traditional in style? Have you stepped it up by taking some design chances? If not, what are you waiting for? Go for it and let your unique flair shine!