MIXING PATTERNS IN RUGS AND ART
When selecting furnishings for a project, I've noticed that I often use my rug choice to help dictate the colors and style of the artwork I choose or vice versa. I usually stick with neutral or solid pieces for my big furniture, and incorporate color and pattern on the floor and wall. These two planes create a backdrop for the other furnishings in the room. I like this concept because I’m a person who loves to change and move my furnishings often. It allows me to switch out rugs and artwork as I see fit.
Of course this isn’t the only way to design a room, but when I’m only selecting furnishings (no change to architectural details or finishes), it’s sometimes the easiest way to incorporate some interest and fun. You select your favorite rug and artwork, and then fill in the spaces in the middle. It’s a first step in mixing patterns. Once these two items are decided, it will be easier to throw in pillows and other patterned textiles. Below are a few inspiration images so you can get an idea of how a completed room would look.
Here are a few rug and art combos that I deem worthy. I mixed together different color palettes and styles to give you an idea of how to achieve it in your own home. I want to purchase the first set to put somewhere in my house, and I already own the third pair. Sometimes it’s a color that I try to match, or a style, or feeling. I’ve incorporated a few of the combinations with my current bedroom furniture to display how it can all come together. I’ve only changed the curtains in each one.