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EXERCISE YOUR DESIGN SKILLS - Help Them Pick A Rug

October 15, 2015

EXERCISE YOUR DESIGN SKILLS - Help Them Pick A Rug

Sometimes making a design decision can be a bit challenging. So every now and then we seek our fans' help in picking a rug for the space. Here we they have done such a nice job of balancing colors and creating a room with character and personality. But the wall to wall Berber carpet turns out to be a bit too bland and there isn't enough contrast with the chairs & sofa. Some depth and a little more contrast is needed, don't you agree? 



As the palette is fairly neutral almost any rug would work well - and that's the problem in this case - so many options. However, they really like this soft natural color scheme and want to keep it going rather than bring in additional colors. So really, the question is about what rug design to select. Here's another angle of the room. 



The overall style is contemporary with a little eclectic vibe. The rug selection includes transitional, traditional, floral, striped, and modern geometric designs. Which would you pick to finish off this comfy family room? 

First up, a traditional design with all the colors, an intricate pattern that will hide a multitude of sins ( everyone spills now and again). Also, there are a few extra colors that can be drawn out over time by switching out pillows, drapes and other accessories. This is "Emir" by Karastan.



Next we have a transitional piece with lots of character. A bit subtler than Emir, but with a similar but more updated vibe to it. "Anastasia" by Loloi Rugs. Again, all the colors with a couple extra for good measure.



Flipping to a couple bolder choices; a floral and a modern geometric pattern, both expertly crafted by Jaipur Rugs. The floral is from the "Blue Collection".



This bold, almost 3D, geometric pattern rug is from the "En Casa" collection designed by famous textile design Luli Sanchez. Either one of these two rugs would bring a dramatic element to the room.



The last possibility is "Ansley" by Tommy Bahama. It's a little rustic, casual without being too informal, and the lines, the irregularity of the stripes make it a bit softer than a more exacting set of stripes. 



All good choices, don't you think? But which one? How would you finish off this space? Share your choice and why you picked it in the comments below. Thanks for the help!



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Guide

Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.

LIVING ROOM

Living Room Size Guide

 

DINING ROOM

Dining Room Size Guide

BEDROOMS

Bedroom Size Guide

Bedroom Size Guide 2

Bedroom Size Guide 3

 

All guides by Lisa Ferguson, Interior Designer  Follow on Twitter @decormentor