Under foot

One of the most important aspects of designing a room is what’s under foot…whether it be tile, wood, carpet, an area rug…or a combination.  One of the first things I look at when starting a project is the area rug as it sets the tone for the whole design and color palette of a room.

There are tons of options out there when it comes to rugs…and they can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.  You do pay for good construction and quality fibers (generally wool or silk), but of course there are still a range of prices even within those parameters.

Starting from low to high, West Elm has some great rugs at affordable prices.  The kilim rug below is made of 80% wool and 20% cotton, so it is very durable when maintained properly, but it is a flat, woven rug, so it will not feel plush under foot.  A rug pad can help with this, but will never give you the same plush feel as a tufted carpet, so I recommend this type of rug for an office, bedroom or dining room…

In the mid-range, Surya is a great producer of stylish, quality rugs.  I used this graphic floral pattern on a recent project and it provided just the right amount of “pretty” to an otherwise masculine room…

On the higher end, New Moon has some gorgeous Nepalese rugs woven from wool and silk.  I especially love this one called “Fade” in the Deep Sea colorway, which makes me think of all the beautiful colors of the ocean.

A rug is the perfect way to define the color palette for the room.  You can either pull colors out of the rug to use on furniture, pillows and window treatments, or you can introduce a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room.  Whether subtle or dramatic, a beautiful area rug is sure to be a standout feature!