Why I Love… Bold Area Rugs

“Well, sir, it’s this rug I had. It really tied the room together.” – Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Between looking for rugs for my own house and helping a friend refresh the look of her living room, I feel like I’ve been spending a lot of time scouring the web for great rugs. There are so many awesome rugs out there to chose from! Some are solid, simple colors, others bold patterns. Some boast newly conceived graphic designs, others are inspired by antique, Oriental, or Turkish rugs. All in all, what I have been learning is that you can really make a statement with the rug you choose for a room, and it can be a lot of fun to allow that rug to inform the decisions you make when accessorizing the rest of the room!

Here are some of my favorite rugs I’ve come across recently.

Alyson Fox Chevron Wool Rug – West Elm

I first learned of Alyson Fox while reading Design Sponge a while back, and have been dying for the right place for this rug ever since. I have been experimenting with grays and taupes lately, and what I love about this rug is that it favors gray but still uses a variety of other colors and geometric shapes to break it up a bit. And that pop of red is so striking!

Adelaide Rug – Crate and Barrel

I do love a good floral pattern, but it has to be unique… not like the fabric from your grandmother’s rose covered window curtains! I like this pattern because it’s modern and hints at the flowers and their surrounding leaves, but also takes some liberty in improvising with whimsical curls and the reversing of positive and negative space. And since it is two-toned using only a creamy white and a deep blue, you could pair this with any number of neutral or bright accent colors.

Herringbone Rug – Urban Outfitters

If you’re looking for a bright pop of color in an otherwise fairly monotone room, this could really make a bold statement. I love the contrast of the teal with white, and this herringbone pattern is pretty popular lately (along with chevron, and a few other similar patterns you’ve probably seen around). Compliment this with some teal accessories, and you’ll have yourself a cheerful, bright room for reading, playing, or entertaining.

Luca Rug – Pottery Barn

This one is reminiscent of a traditional oriental rug in it’s colors and shapes, but also in the vine-like configuration surrounding the more central, pointed-tip flowers. (Of course this is a much more modern take on it.) I love the symmetry of the design, but also the variety of the shapes used. And the way the burnt red flowers pop out at you is delightful.

Diamante Flatweave – Restoration Hardware

What’s unusual about this one is the texture, and I love it! While it could be a bit of a tease for your toes, the raised crisscross pattern not only breaks up the otherwise neutral rug with it’s intersecting lines, but the shadows thrown by the raised fibers give it a kind of dimension that most rugs can’t accomplish with a single uniform fiber height.

As for why I chose the rugs I did for our dining room and living room… Well, it was a bit of a progression, since we did one room at a time!

In the dining room, the house came with wonderful rust-colored tin ceiling tiles installed in the dining room, which we loved! However, we also love our  blue clay dishes from Crate and Barrel. So the goal was to find a rug that would bring together the warm orange from the ceiling and the cool blue of the dishes. After choosing gray-toned woods for furniture and then fishing around for quite a while for the right rug, I found this one from Anthropologie.

Festival Rug – Anthropologie

It is the perfect combination of red, orange, blue, and gray for the room. The orange in the rug balances out the orange tones in the ceiling, while the blue and gray tones of the rug gently compliment the blue dishes and grayish wood table. (I also chose gray curtains to maintain the vertical balance in the room, making sure not to overwhelm the room in warm colors.)

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my dining room, with rust-colored tin ceiling

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dining room table combining blues, oranges, and grays

Next was the living room rug. We have a beautiful gray sofa I had been eye-ing for months before we finally got it. Once we finally had it in the house, I set out to find the perfect rug. Since I purposefully chose a sofa that would be neutral enough to go with almost any color, I could be fairly flexible. However, since our dining room is through a wide doorway that is open to the living room, I wanted to be sure that they flowed with each other well. So when I found this rug, again at Anthropologie, I knew it was the one!

Tufted Gingko Rug – Anthropologie

The dark background color for the design is a blue-ish steel gray, maintaining the link with blue and gray tones between the two rooms, and I loved the contrast against the white of the gingko design. Plus, that pop of yellow color was just what we needed to liven up the room (which otherwise consisted of only neutral colors). The other awesome thing about pairing this rug in the living room with our dining room rug is that they both have these wonderful radial shapes in a floral-but-not-too-feminine pattern. (Nothing wrong with feminine patterns, but that guy I married does also have to live here!)

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my living room, gray base with some splashes of yellow to liven it up

Before finding this rug I’m not sure I would have thought to use yellow as an accent color in the living room, but now that it’s here I can see that a warm shade of yellow is the perfect color to brighten up the room. I love walking out into the living room in the morning to such cheery decor. It starts me off with a smile!

Which of these rugs is your favorite? What do you like most about it?

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Why I love… Danish Modern

1.Danish Modern Walnut Lounge Chair Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin - signed2. 

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Danish modern design was at it’s height from the 1940’s-1960’s.  It featured clean lines, minimalist designs, and originated in Denmark, of course. Generally the designs of this style really took into account how the human body would interact with the chair, and so you’ll find the proportions to be just right. I’ve noticed more recently that a lot of these designs are coming back, popping up in some of my favorite furniture stores, even the more popular ones like Crate and Barrel and Room and Board.

As a new homeowner and amateur interior designer, I have been loving furnishing the home my husband and I bought recently. It’s a modestly sized house, so finding the right size furniture to fill the space but also allow enough seating for lots of entertaining (which we love to do!) has been a challenge. In my search for an accent chair for the living room, I have found myself consistently leaning toward danish modern designs, and preferably vintage. Here’s what I love about the chairs I’ve been finding:

  • beautiful use of walnut and teak
  • smooth wood, almost baby soft
  • broad curves to compliment a very few sharp angles
  • use of thin pieces of wood, so as to not look bulky; in a small living room like mine, this keeps it from closing off the space leaving the room feeling airy and light

Even though they aren’t super squishy over sized loungers, they still look plenty comfortable for long conversations over a glass of wine or scotch. Plus, the elegance of the wood and the striking style are bound to strike up a conversation about design, which I am always happy to chat about!

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Found Images:

  1. Etsy – Object of Beaty
  2. Room & Board
  3. Apartment Therapy
  4. Furniture Fashion