One rug, two room views shows how the right colors and accessories enhance a rug when it moves.
Choosing a rug is a lot like putting together an outfit, which is why one rug, two room views may be instructive. Years ago I went to a color specialist who draped me in various colors to determine which hue looked best with my complexion and hair color. It’s one of those demonstrations you have to see to believe. It was was amazing how deep, strong colors made my skin radiant whereas pastel colors had me looking washed out and lethargic. It was a real eye-opener to discover how something as simple as choosing the right color intensity could affect my appearance.
I thought of that lesson when I saw two photos from rug dealer Landry & Arcari. The rug in both rooms is the same. One photo of the rug in a living room is from a showhouse. Another photo shows the exact same rug in the dining room of a private residence. Setting aside how lighting, camera angle and purpose of the photo play into the end result, I found the rug placed in the dining room beneath a glass topped table had far more impact than when it was used in the open, high ceiling room of the showhouse. To be fair, the showhouse sofa was such a strong dark color it really upstaged the rug. Imagine the same sofa in white and the impact would be quite different.
What struck me most was how the backs of the narrow, neutral dining chairs disappear into the rug, allowing the fish to become the focal points. I found the showhouse photo to have the opposite effect. What this also says to me is that while a rug may be purchased for a certain space, its use need not be limited. It can be moved to a different room sometimes with surprising results.
(Source: Landry and Arcari)
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