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Decorating Question

 
 
Tue 24 Feb, 2009 03:08 pm
I have green walls and striped curtains. We are getting hardwood floors next week. What kind of area rug would look ok? Should it be a solid color? Can it be a more traditional asian rug? I am totally clueless about what I can put together.
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Foxfyre
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 03:17 pm
@Bella Dea,
Can't help friend. We decorate mostly early attic here.

I do know that you'll be more visually pleased with colors that do not clash with your walls and curtains, and my personal preference is for more understated and less busy, so I would opt for an indistinct design or solid that will compliment the stripes rather than detract from them.
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sullyfish6
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 05:57 pm
Striped curtains? How vibrant? what color/
What color green - sage green, evergreen?

Linkat
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:06 pm
@Bella Dea,
I'd suggest plaid for the rug. But then again I have different taste that not everyone could appreciate.
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ossobuco
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:08 pm
@sullyfish6,
I have the same question as sully, what stripes? How bold?/vibrant/vibrating?

I like mixing patterns but that depends..

I'll suggest a website I've never looked at but I bet is helpful -
I keep getting magazines I must have subscribed to years ago and they just don't stop - but I don't rebel and cancel them since I like them. House Beautiful has a lot on paint colors, patterns of materials like rugs, drapes, upholstery - and I suppose the website does too - housebeautiful.com
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Green Witch
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:16 pm
@Bella Dea,
You can do different patterns if the colors match. So if you were to take Linkat's idea of using a plaid pattern it would have to have the same color green as your walls and curtains.

Take color chips of your paint when you go carpet shopping. Match up color chips to other dominant items in the rooms so you can compare those colors too.
ossobuco
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:24 pm
@Green Witch,
I'm not always matchy, as match can get under my skin sometimes. I also have scads of rugs, some of them cheapos and a few of some value, and move them around. (We used to have a gallery down the street that also sold rugs - deep downfall for me, as we got a good discount.) So my criterion would be not that the rug was a paint chip match, but that it wouldn't fight with the curtains. The rug might, say, go with the furniture or the wood in the room, say some combo of browns, and not have a curtain color in it. A rug can be - a painting on the floor, eyecatcher, or underlying textural and color interest. (This reminds me of my purple, orange, and black rug from Mexico City.. what was I thinking? But I wish I still had it.)
Green Witch
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:35 pm
@ossobuco,
I think if someone has a naturally artistic eye they don't need the confines of rules. A good eye makes up for ignoring rules. Bella seems a little more challenged by all this interior decorating drama and you can't go wrong when the colors are in harmony. Overall , I agree with you.
ossobuco
 
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Tue 24 Feb, 2009 06:45 pm
@Green Witch,
Smiles - I virtually always agree with you, even with the odd quibble bits, which if we've quibbled, I don't remember. I see your point, of course. And harmony is good in the home, as a generalization.

Chasing the question of what is on the floor... the floor is the underlayment of the room. Bella has already picked out the curtains to be eyecatchers - not clear on how vibrant though. I can see having green in the rug, for sure - but depending on the patterns and vibrancies, maybe only odd dots in the larger rug. I don't know enough of the room to be babbling on.
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Bella Dea
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 07:43 am
@Green Witch,
That's an understatement! I am totally clueless. I know what I like but it's nearly impossible for me to implement it.

I will have to take a picture of my curtains for you so you can see.

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Bella Dea
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 07:51 am
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e295/khuren/House073.jpg
Tai Chi
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 07:59 am
@Bella Dea,
http://www.alexanian.com/images_large/Antiquities76440Multi.jpg

What about an oriental-style rug? I'm having trouble matching your colours exactly but I'd think you could find something closer. The design hides stains well.
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Tai Chi
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 08:01 am
@Bella Dea,
Or something more modern?

http://www.alexanian.com/images_large/CapriSageMulti.jpg
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Green Witch
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 09:38 am
The dogs are a perfect match.

The carpet Tai picked reminds me of the art work you were considering.
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saab
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 10:53 am
I like the curtains and the green walls, but donĀ“t think a modern carpet would fit.
The oriental I think would clash with the curtains.
If you want a oriental I think a nepal or tibet with little pattern would be best.

http://www.gnetagalten.se/images/00008/0/vacker-handknuten-nepal-matta-1.jpg
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chai2
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 11:22 am
With those little dangly things on the curtains, I think you could get a persian thing going on.
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Foxfyre
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 12:58 pm
@Bella Dea,
Hmmm.....I think with those drapes and that wall, something like this would pull the two together:

http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/p/s3/181430034464RR.jpg

Or something like this with more emphasis on brown than red

https://store.nexternal.com/rugdecor/images/Full_REVERB11440.jpg

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Ticomaya
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 01:04 pm
@Bella Dea,
How about a bear rug?

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2143/polarbearrug11.jpg
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boomerang
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 02:58 pm
With two dogs and a baby I think practicallity would win me over. I would go with something midtoned with a tight nubbly pile like berber:

http://www.rugstudio.com/PRODUCTIMAGES/Rugs%20America/L_NewVision1372PalaceBerber.jpg
chai2
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 03:16 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

With two dogs and a baby I think practicallity would win me over. I would go with something midtoned with a tight nubbly pile like berber:


http://rlv.zcache.com/white_carpets_shirt-p235853849363503104qiuw_400.jpg


Here's a nice comfortable looking living room to accomodate 2 dogs and a toddler....

who comes up with this stuff?


http://www.housetohome.co.uk/imageBank/l/LE.0507-56.jpg
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