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Lessons from Freud: layering rugs is cozy and inviting!

I’ll admit, I wouldn’t have pictured the office of Sigmund Freud to be layered with Persian Rugs.  And yet, it makes perfect sense to me that it would be….layering rugs creates a cozy atmosphere – and what could be more inviting to conversation, or unpacking the layers of your soul?

Layering Rugs – a trend, or not a trend? Judging from the pages of shelter magazines and the blogs of interior designers, this look is here to stay. Look beyond the  classic layering combination – oversized sisal rug with patterned rug – and experiment withe neutral + stripes, stripes + shags, stripes + patterns – the list goes on.

Here are some ideas for layering rugs:

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  • Place a small rug on a larger neutral rug to define the sitting area and create a focal point.

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Photo Credit: Katie Tarses Home. Photo by Nicole LaMotte via One Kings Lane.
  • Use similar textures, patterns and colors to unite the space.

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  • Layer over wall to wall carpeting or hardwood in a bedroom to create a cozy landing pad for your feet.  You’ll want to use non-slip rug underpad to keep the rugs from moving or sliding.

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  • Go Bold with your accent your rug – you can always change it or rotate summer/winter looks.

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  • Think about scale: you can mix modern + traditional or different patterns, but consider the scale of the designs. Intricate designs work well with other intricate designs and bolder designs work well with bolder designs.
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Color therapy

Crayons-FTRWhite…the color of innocence and purity.  Red…the color of fire and passion. Blue….the color of the sky and the sea….

Can a color impact my mood? Is is an accident that hospital walls are painted pale green (lowers blood pressure) or soft blue (relaxes and soothes)?

Can a bright yellow space make me hyper?  According to Marie-Chantal Milette, Founder of Kryptonite, The Color Agency, the answer is yes.  Milette’s company advises brands on smart color choices – like choosing red for a restaurant’s branding to stimulate appetite. Having studied the impact of colors all her life, Milette uses her knowledge to help brands reach their target audience with the right colors.

Milette on the color red: “People who favor red tend to be passionate and intense. And red causes everyone’s heart to beat faster – even people who are color-blind – because it has the longest electromagnetic wavelength of any color, and it stimulates the brain to release hormones.”

I grew up surrounded by crimson red. The foundation of every room in our home was a handcrafted Persian rug with a traditional color combination of ruby red + navy.  It seems that blue and red are a perfect combination – blue evokes calm and tranquility and red is the color of energy and passion.  My childhood home – with six children and a myriad of pets, was a chaotic one, and yet welcoming and peaceful. Red is the color of love, and my childhood was full of unconditional love.

Did the rugs have anything to do with the mood in the house? Is it a coincidence that Presidents and Prime Ministers across the globe wear a uniform of a navy suit with a red tie?