Few core items you use to decorate your home are as important as area rugs. In addition to setting the tone for your space, they need to be durable, especially in high-traffic areas, and they should tie a room's colors and style together with tireless beauty. And, if placed over hardwood floors, they offer protection, warmth and comfort underfoot. Many designers suggest creating a scheme for your room using the colors and patterns of your rug, though there are so many styles available, it's easy enough to find a rug that complements what you already have in your space. When choosing an area rug, consider other shapes besides rectangles, think of abstract designs vs. traditional patterns, and, depending on space, you can use more than one in the same room. As always, if your rug is on a hardwood floor, be sure to use a rug pad underneath to prevent slipping. Alternative Shapes || Look around your room. It's most likely square or rectangular. Much of your case furniture is probably similar in shape. So why not counteract the 90-degree angles with a rug that's oval instead of rectangular? Or, round or hexagonal? You could even go with a figural-shaped rug, maybe shaped like a surfboard or hibiscus flower if it's a tropical-themed bathroom. Since an area rug really anchors your space, you should choose one that inspires you, and that you love to look at every day. Patterns vs. Solids/Abstracts || You have endless rug choices to make your space come alive. Traditional, intricate patterns offer visual splendor, and some new rugs are designed to look like vintage antiques, which add a curated, lived-in look to your room. You should also decide if you want rich saturated colors to make a dramatic statement or softer, faded hues to calm things down. Modern abstract patterns or "almost solids" also work beautifully, especially if you want wall art or furniture to really be the stars. In bedrooms, you probably want a rug with a higher pile to keep it warm and toasty. If you're in a more temperate climate, natural fiber rugs like sisal feel and look great, both inside and outside.   Multiples in One Room || If you have a large open space, say, a living room that flows into a dining room, it usually makes sense to place one rug under your dining room furniture, and one under your living room furniture. You can use rugs to further define seating areas. For example, you might have one rug anchoring a sofa and chairs for TV watching, and a separate rug for an adjacent conversation area with chairs arranged around a cocktail table. And, rugs you place in the same room don't have to match, though they should still work with the overall colors and décor of the space to keep everything cohesive.
Whether your goal is to make a style statement, give your feet a cozy treat, or hide a floor blemish, area rugs don’t get enough credit for all they can do to transform a space…. Make a Statement || With all the options out there from traditional oriental, to modern geometric, to bold splashes of color, choosing the rug that is right for your space can be overwhelming! Even if the rug is meant to be the ornamental piece in the room, it still needs to flow with the rest of your design. If you are introducing a new pattern, it should be within the same color scheme of the existing patterns in the room. This will ensure that your contrasting elements complement, as opposed to compete against each other. If you are introducing a bold color, it should share the same undertones as the existing palette in the room (i.e. warm vs. cool hues) whether those colors are neutral or not to keep the look cohesive. Warm the Space || If this décor for your floor is meant to be a plush treat for your feet be sure to pick the pile that best suits your style. A high pile (taller than ¼) will add texture to your space and feel warm and cozy underfoot, however this style is prone to more wear and tear. High pile rugs are great in low traffic areas like the bedroom or living room. A low pile rug (shorter than ¼) is fantastic for higher traffic areas since they are easy to clean and prevent allergens from getting stuck in the fibers. Though not as soft underfoot, a low pile rug will still soften the look of a space and add depth to the overall look. Hide a Flaw || Whether the flaw on your floor exists on tile, hardwood, or even a carpet, an area rug can be a fashionable fix! Contrary to popular belief, layering an area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting is not a faux pas when it's done right. Most wall-to-wall carpeting is fairly neutral so this is your chance to make a statement while hiding whatever blemish exists below! Keep pile in mind – anything too thick will cause a tripping hazard, but don't be afraid to play with different shapes or patterns. This will make the look more like a purposeful design rather than a quick fix to a bigger problem. Don't worry – your secret is safe with us.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
With winter fast approaching, you're likely spending more time indoors and finding ways to keep your home warm and cozy. Now is the time to drape a plush throw over your sofa, pile on some soft pillows, and curl up with a steaming hot cocoa and a good book by the fireplace. Don't have a built-in fireplace? Try an electric fireplace to create the illusion of a natural fire. It's really all about layering on comfort and setting a mood. Ambiance || There are many decorating strategies for building your unique comfort zone. Ultimately, you want it to be a peaceful, inviting sanctuary you can't wait to return to at the end of a long day. Try dark, saturated wall hues if you want the space to feel more enclosed – this works especially well in a small den or media room. Warm, natural wood tones and neutral-hued upholstery reinforce that calm, cozy ambiance. Add personal photos, artwork and antiques to make the space truly yours. Soft Fabrics || The simplest way to establish instant comfort is by layering on pillows and throws in sumptuous fabrics like velvet, chenille or faux fur. In a bedroom, try a tufted headboard for your bed, an upholstered chair or bench, and include curtains and bed skirts for added warmth. The more fabrics and textures you have in a room, the cozier it will feel. Layering higher pile rugs on your floor keeps things toasty underfoot. You can even layer throw rugs over sisal or carpeting to up the cozy factor. Lighting || One of the most important elements of any room is lighting. Think of how the inside of a rustic pine lodge or traditional Swiss chalet looks. If natural light is limited, candles, task lighting - or the previously mentioned electric fireplace - create a warm glow and raise spirits on a super cold winter day. Putting overhead lighting on dimmer switches also helps to create a cozy mood, especially in a dining room.
If variety is the spice of life, you won't find a more colorful and diverse design mix than in Morocco. Often recognized for its extravagantly patterned tiles and popular ottoman poufs in every gorgeous hue you can imagine, Moroccan style encompasses so much more. Drawing from its blend of African Berber, Islamic, Spanish and French cultural history, the Moroccan look offers global sophistication using hand-crafted items infused with exotic details. If you don't happen to have an authentic riad of your own, you can still create the look and feel in your home Textiles & Accents || Moroccan rugs and poufs are the most popular items in home interiors, and are readily available stateside. Moroccan rugs come in every color, size and shape, and the soft, neutral-hued ones coordinate beautifully with boho-inspired rooms. You can easily hang a group of pierced metal lanterns in a bedroom, place a carved drum table in your living room or add striped spice-tone throw pillows to your sofa. As with any space, it's all about the mix. If you use too many Moroccan style items in a room, it might look like a stage set, which is fine if that's your ultimate goal. Colors & More Colors || Typically, we think of Moroccan color palettes as consisting of warm spice tones like orange, red, saffron yellow and versions of brown, but there are many variations originating from different regions of the country. Jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby are often mixed freely, and some traditional Islamic color palettes combine deep cobalt with turquoise, tan and white. In addition, many Moroccan rugs have a white or off-white ground with free-form, open geometric patterns in black or brown. Shapes & Patterns || From iconic Moorish arches and arabesque domes to hexagonal and octagonal wooden tables, Morocco is all about shapes... keyholes, fish scales, and intricate open lattice and trellis patterns are also abundant. In addition to amazing architectural shapes, many geometrics are prominent on tiles and textiles. For example, multiple layers of Zellige tiles are widely displayed in Islamic mosques, in a kaleidoscope of patterns and color combinations. They look similar to azulejo tiles you'd see in Spain and Portugal.
Being in New England there is nothing more nourishing than dining al fresco for the first time after a long winter. With just a few key pieces you can create a magical ambiance regardless of the size of your space… Seating || The traditional outdoor table with chairs is a great standard, however if you are short on space consider an outdoor sectional or loveseat and chair paired with a table! Adding plush textures to your outdoor space will create a cozy atmosphere with a touch of indoor luxury. With endless configurations from long farm tables with benches to high top tables with barstools, you can create multiple conversation spots by mixing and matching these pieces if your space allows. Don’t forget the chaise lounge for those afternoon naps in the sun!   Rug || An outdoor rug is a great way to soften the patio or define a dining space in your backyard if you don’t have a patio. Whether you choose a vibrant print or a laid-back solid, a rug will warm the space making shoes optional. And in fabrics that are stain resistant and fast-drying you won’t have to worry about New England’s unpredictable weather. Ambiance || Create an ethereal vibe by stringing twinkling lights or hanging Moroccan lanterns from your house or trees above. Keep those pesky insects at bay in style by placing pillar-style citronella candles in tall glass hurricanes. Complete the setting with a fire pit. Not only will it aid in keeping insects away, it will also provide warmth for those chillier nights. Campfire reimagined.
Caring for your new little bundle of joy is going to be your first priority so having your nursery perfected before they arrive will give you peace of mind and your baby a peaceful haven to grow. Nursery Necessities || Give your baby room to grow by purchasing a crib that will convert into a toddler bed. Seek out a changing table that provides ample drawer space below so you can forgo the chest of drawers and have more room for other fun accents. Consider investing in a good quality glider chair. Your baby isn’t the only one that will be spending a lot of time in this nursery so go for a chair that will embrace you in absolute comfort while you rock your baby to sleep. Whimsical Walls || Whether you know the gender of your baby or not, there are fun alternatives to the traditional pink and blue walls. Modern, gender-neutral nurseries are having a moment right now and it’s a wonderful, minimalist trend that will blend your nursery with the rest of your home. If you’re painting the room beige, grey, or white experiment with a subtle playfully printed wallpaper in the same hue to mix it up! Not a fan of wallpaper? Design a focal wall of art that features pops of color and whimsical scenes; this will brighten the room while still maintaining the calm vibe set by the neutral wall color. Awe-inspiring Accents || While your baby won’t completely appreciate this until they are a little older, adding a teepee to your nursery is a chic way to create a little wonderland for them. Another playful touch is to design a reading nook complete with a bookshelf and a shag rug for your little one to roll around on. Not only will it add style to the nursery, but your baby will love the soft texture!
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