Bring the Outdoors In With Your Area Rugs

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It happens too often that interior design focuses exclusively on the interior. Fair enough, right? After all, it's where you'll be spending most of your time. But just because you can close the curtains on the outside world, it doesn't mean that you should. Creating continuity between the outdoors and the inside of your home is a great way to open up your interior space. You can make your rooms seem bigger while adding an overall sense of design harmony. One easy way to accomplish this is through clever use of area rugs.

You can create a harmonious interior by breaking down design elements into three parts:

  1. Outdoor space.
  2. Transitional space.
  3. Interior space.

Outdoor space is what you see when you look out the window. Depending on the type of home you live in, this could be the sky from a high rise apartment, a tree from your backyard, and anything else in between. The transitional space is the divider between the inside and outside, an area encompassing the window and any curtains, knick-knacks, or furniture. The interior, in this case, is the floor where you'll place your area rug.

Start with color. If you look out the window, what colors do you see? If your eyes immediately go to the cherry blossom tree, take those elements and work with them. Use the transitional space for a subtle accent, like pale pink curtains or a floral wall decoration. Add in a spring green area rug to pick up the color of the leaves. Even in the fall, you'll still have the bright color to remind you of the beauty of the outdoors!

Multi-story apartments or condos can make your job a little tougher, but try this. Instead of trying to match your decor to the next skyscraper over, just follow the sun. Eastern-facing windows grab the sun's first light, so put a little spring in your step with sunny pale yellow or cheerful sky blue area rugs. Western-facing windows can be accented by sheer curtains to catch the sun's last rays, with bold red area rugs beneath to pick up the sunset. If a certain room only sees use at night, add in a few silvery area rugs to complement the moonlight.

By embracing the outdoors rather than hiding from it, you can bring a fresh new look to your home. Just take a look outside!

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Lots of great interior design ideas here.
October 30 2008
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