I'm here in Calgary and loving it! I got through my first stage presentation yesterday and all went well. I was worried I would forget what I was going to say with all those people looking at me but thankfully, that did not happen!
One of the questions I was asked at the end was about area rugs, 'How do you choose a colour?
First, finding an area rug is hard work. You can have them be the focal point of a room just like a piece of art, or they can totally be in the background.
1. Keep the colour of your wood flooring in mind.
If you are choosing a rug with a pattern, it should contrast with your flooring.
This rug on a dark espresso floor would probably not look as good as it does against the light background of the sisal rug which also seems to be the same colour as the wood flooring in this room.
Here the white outline of this zebra rug provides good contrast with the existing espresso wood flooring. The great thing about a skin (eeeeek, as a vegetarian should I even be saying this?) is that it takes up more visual space so it doesn't need to cover the entire floor in your living room.
Notice that both of these area rugs make a huge dramatic statement and are visually the most important elements of the space. Important to consider when your area rug starts to look and feel like art.
2. If you are going for a really neutral, solid coloured rug and you want the attention to be on your pillows, walls or furniture, you don't need as much contrast.
Here the white is clearly the stand-out in this room!
3. Bring fresh colour into your space with an area rug.
During a recent on-line consultation with a client, I suggested this area rug as a way to bring in fresh blues and greens while still coordinating with her existing brown leather furniture.
What I love about this kind of rug is that there is very little brown and it, but just enough to pull the room together.
This fourth tip (below) comes from the editor and chief of Southern Living along with his 10 Tried and True Decorating Rules (check it out here).
4. If you can't afford the antique Oushak rug of your dreams--it's often a choice between that and, say, a year of college tuition--then embrace the khaki pants of carpets, plain ol' sea grass. Although it comes in plenty of standard sizes, it's usually pretty cheap to get a custom fit by the yard. (I got mine from Myers Carpet in Atlanta.) Over hardwoods, I suggest leaving a 1-foot-wide border around the room; if you're trying to obliterate some awful tile, make it a 6-inch border. It looks nice when installed wall-to-wall too.
I love this advice because it's in the category of 'If all else fails, here's what to do'. If you are in a 'I don't know what to do so I'm not going to do anything' standstill. This might help.
Happy weekend everyone!
ps. For those of you who wanted to buy sample boards the other day and they looked sold-out? They're not, so if you need some here's where to get them.