The right balance of pattern, color, scale and texture!
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I bet every morning when you get up you brush your teeth, get dressed and eat something for breakfast. These things are rituals in your life not only because they are necessary but because they make you feel better and set the stage for a productive day. Just like your daily rituals, there are design rules or rituals that I think are necessary to get the most from your home and your décor. These are the little things that bring out the best in the features of your home, the flow of your home, the function of your home and the style of your décor. Whenever I am designing or decorating for clients, I try to always follow these rules, because they work and because the end results are always good!
And adding mirrors into your design mix is they way to do it. I’ve said it time and again here on the blog that mirrors are a wonder drug when it comes to decorating. Mirrors add light, they make small spaces look bigger, they enhance the good things in your décor and take the attention off the bad. Adding a mirror opposite a window, above a mantle or on the wall across from artwork is a great way to reflect the beauty inside and out.
Yes I want you to create a comfortable home where you can put your feet up and relax but I also want you to make sure that the feet (front legs) or your furniture sits on the area rug that you have down. This simple design principle will make your furniture arrangement feel more unified and connected and the will feel warmer and cozier too!
The Wrong Way…the sofa feels disconnected from the coffee table and the open space creates a visual barrier
The Right Way…
Just about every bookcase I work with, whether free-standing or built-in gets paint or a decorative treatment on the back wall. Painting the backs of bookcases is an easy way to add color and drama to a room. And it’s an inexpensive design treatment that packs a punch. The rule of thumb I follow when painting bookcases it to paint the back wall only, not the side or the shelf. The color on the back will draw the eye in and help the decorative elements stand out.
Some things like furniture sets are better alone than part of a group, so when you have the chance break-up the set. While furniture stores create sets to make it easy for people to envision how the furniture will look in a room, their “set formula” doesn’t allow much room to create a unique personality for a space. Often times a room decorated with a set of furniture comes off contrived and over powering. When I’m working with a client that is drawn to a set of furniture I focus on the piece (or two) that they like best within the set. Then I pull pieces from other sources and stores to work with those pieces, creating a more personalize look. For a dining room, the table or the sideboard is usually the key piece to work around. For a living room or family room, the sofa or coffee table can set the tone for the décor. For the most personality filled space it is also a good idea to break up the finishes that are used within a room. A room with nothing but dark stained wood pieces will always look dark and heavy. Try incorporating metal, fabric and painted finishes to change the vibe and lighten things up.
The Wrong Way…not only does the lack of color variation feel stale, but the design detail in the set is over-powering the other elements in the room.
The Right Way…
In my years of owning a home décor store, designing and writing this blog, I can honestly say that one of the major pitfalls the average person has when it comes to decorating their homes is a lack of confidence. As a designer, I not only have studied my craft but was fortunate enough to be blessed with a good sense of style and design which have been invaluable in my work. Even with all that going for me, I still follow a set of simple rules when it comes to designing for clients and myself. These are the rules you need to know to Decorate Your Home with Confidence!
Over the last f=years or so, one of the hot decorating trends has been the look of layering rugs on top of each other. While I personally love the look, I also recognize that there are a few PROS and CONS and RULES OF THUMB when it come to designing with layered rugs.
* Layering works best when the patterned rug is on top of a solid colored rug.
* Layered rugs function best when the under rug has a pile of 1/2″ or less.
* Layered rugs look best when the textures compliment each other rather than fight each other.
* To get the best look from your layered rug, pick a rug at least 18″ to 24″ larger than the rug that will sit on top of it. The under rug will help frame the smaller rug.
* To layer multiple rugs with different patterns…seek the help of a professional designer. This look is really had to pull off and in most cases will look like a mistake.
* In large rooms, layered rugs can help to literally and visually warm up the space. Think of it just as you would clothing in the winter….layers add warmth and a coziness!
* In high traffic areas or main living spaces, layering a rug over wall to wall carpeting can be a great way to protect it from spills and stains.
* If you happened to have concrete or tile floors, layered rugs will add cushion and make living in the space more comfortable.
* Layered rugs can help define living space and create a focal point with large open rooms.
* Layered rugs can add that punch of pattern and/or color that’s needed to bring a room to life.
* Layering rugs can save your money. Rather than splurge on a large oriental or patterned rug, use a solid colored sisal or jute rug as the under layer and add a smaller version of your patterned rug on top. You’ll still get the benefit of the design without the added cost.
* Layering over higher pile rugs can cause the top rug to buckle and not lay flat…a trippng hazard!
* In some rooms that get lots of natural sunlight, the exposed space of the under rug can fade over time and create a contrast with the rug space that has been covered up by the top rug.
* Layering multiple patterns together can create that “I ran out of rug” look if not done correctly!
Don’t always think that the top rug has to be laid the same direction as the bottom rug. Angle that top rug to add an eclectic feel.
I love the two textures mixed together…subtle but complimentary.
This is a great example of using that top rug to bring in a little color and pattern. The larger rug fills the space and frames the smaller rug perfectly.
Not only does the layering of these rugs help to defined the space but the placement and sizes used connect the two seating areas together making the space feel as one!
Another great example of using a layered rug to help define a small space within a larger room.
Without the top rug, the bottom rug would just blend in with the wall color. The addition of the patterned rug on top adds the right amount of interest and personality!
Cowhide or Zebra rugs (real or faux) are a really popular option of layering not only because they add a shape contrast but because they add an element of style.
This look is a great example of when two patterned rugs work together when layered. The bottom rug is a larger, open and geometric pattern while the zebra rug plays up the same colors but with a more defined, intricate pattern. The contrast works in harmony.
And then this look…multiple patterns and colors that just don’t seem to work well together. I get wanting to create an eclectic look for the space but it comes off looking like a jumbled mess in my book.
“I like the warm, deep-comfort look of smaller rugs laid right on top of wall-to-wall carpet. The smaller rug could be a bigger-scale pattern…or a needlepoint, or a beautiful Oriental,” said Billy Baldwin (1903-1984), in Billy Baldwin Decorates (1972).
Layering rugs, like layering clothes, adds texture, color, and dimension. The effect is “calm and warm,” says interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein, owner of Hollyhock, a Los Angeles home store.
While I’ve spent a little time recouping from my surgery, I’ve had a chance to watch all the shows I had recorded on my DVR. Amongst the long list of Oprah shows, Dance Moms (guilty pleasure) and Housewives of NYC were all the episodes of Sarah’s House with none other than on of my design idols Sarah Richardson. I don’t know if you had a chance to watch but this series was noting short of fabulous. Sarah and her charming side kick Tommy design the most stunning and livable rooms ever. I love Sarah’s esthetic, her use of color and how she
Here are my favorite looks from this season of Sarah’s House.
Love the industrial mix that makes up this vignette.
The softness of this room gives off such a relaxing feel. Although it’s a tad on the formal side it looks very approachable.
Stunning grey and white kitchen. I’m loving the look of multiple paint finishes on kitchen cabinets.
Great pattern mixing! And that coffee table looks like a fun DIY project.
This cute little work space has lots of character!
A beautiful entrance!
The black cabinet really helps to add depth to this space and the artwork collage helps the TV to blend in.
The white wall ( created with moulding and paint) is a brilliant way to create a focal point and frame out the bed/headboard.
Love this furniture turned vanity and the unexpected style sink.
I adore, adore, ADORE this wallpaper! A powder room is the perfect place for this intricate and whimsical pattern.
A front view of the entry. I really like that Sarah used different element on each side of the chest to make the space less predictable.
The perfect fabric for these chairs.
This kitchen and eating area is just amazing. And check out the stained table base with the painted wood top and painted chairs. So fresh!
Every kitchen need a mini frig/wine cooler. Love the tiered layout of the island, making each work are distinct.
Pretty and quaint!
This is an awesome craft space! Love the paint treatment on the ceiling and all the organizational elements from IKEA!
My next sofa purchase will be grey! I so love this color palette!
A great example of mixing finishes!
Who wouldn’t love this bathroom. Those hexagon mirrors are to-die-for!
To learn more about Sarah Richardson and see more of her stunning design work head to her website and check out her Facebook page. And, to learn why I love her personal style read this post! Sarah’s not only one of my design idols but she’s also one of my fashion idols!
I hope you are as inspired as I am!