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.
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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(And of course I want to mention) Organic Weave – Cotton & Wool Rugs – Design your own rug or select from our designs – Custom sizes and colors available.
Scrolling through interiors on instagram never disappoints.
Often dubbed “design porn”, here are my current favorite websites/instagram accounts:
1. Dering Hall – delivered to your inbox daily at 6 pm (EST), you’ll find a gorgeous photo essay on some aspect of design “Gorgeous Bathrooms with Wood Ceilings”, and the resources (where to shop) to support the story. Need ideas? Look no further….every topic is covered here. Need a design professional? Check out the profiles on interior designers across North America.
2. Lark & Linen – Seasoned Blogger and Interior Designer Jacqueline Clark offers tips on all things decor as well as food and shopping resources – all beautifully presented and affordable!! From cookie recipes to home tours, you’ll find a breath of fresh air in the pretty pages of Lark & Linen.
3. HommeMaker – Orlando Soria had me at HOMME. Seriously? What a brilliant play on words – Home + Homme (French for man). Orlando has more style in his pinky….and his makeovers are magical, including the laundry room makeovers that could make anyone want to chill while with the washing.
4. Amber Interiors – scrolling through the blog and projects of talented interior designer, Amber Lewis, is like taking the most relaxing walk on the beach. The images themselves are soothing! You’ll feel like you’re having a conversation with Amber as she takes us with her on the journey towards “cozy, eclectic, unique” and functional interiors.
5. The Good Trade – need to know where to eat vegan while you travel? Need to know which organic mascara to try? The Good Trade has you covered. From fashion to beauty to home to travel, The Good Trade was “created for those seeking to live an inspired and intentional life,”. Here you’ll find ethical brands, artisan made homewares, all natural and eco-friendly offerings for home and life. It’s a deep dive that will inspire you to make more conscious decisions about how you spend your money. (and believe me, it’ll make you want to spend your money! especially on travel!)
Introduced in the 1960s, and wildly popular in the 1970s – wall to wall carpeting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity mainly because of its warmth and softness.
Do you remember the 70s shag? Whole living rooms blanketed with avocado or tangerine shag floors that needed to be raked?
Or perhaps like me, you grew up watching The Brady Bunch, with almost the entire set covered in wall to wall carpet?
(What ever happened to Carol Brady’s husband? And did anyone else notice that the exterior view of the Brady house showed the second floor on the left side while the interior clearly has the staircase on the right side? Just two of the mysteries of my childhood).
Somewhere in the 90’s, flooring trends changed. Wall to wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with hardwood floors and area rugs.
Carpet has lost favor as a decor choice, partly due to the ‘bad rap’ it has endured. That new carpet smell? The result of the chemicals used to manufacture the carpet. Critics maintain that these chemicals off gas and create poor indoor air quality.
Besides no off gassing/ new carpet smell, here are some of the reasons why Organic Wool Carpet is an ideal choice for living areas, hallways and bedrooms:
- soft and comfortable underfoot
- natural material from rapidly renewable resource (sheep)
- filters dust and allergens
- durable and long-lasting; wears well, resilient, retains original texture
- flameproof, abrasion resistant
- excellent sound absorption and heat insulation
- easily cleaned and maintained
- no chemical stain protectors or moth proofing treatments
What’s old is new again. Organic Weave offers a myriad of color and style choices, including shags. Shags that need no rake.