Rugs can help create distinctive work spaces, especially in home offices.
One trouble with home offices is that these modern work spaces can lack charm. Often furniture is a hodge podge mix of what’s available and there’s little attention paid to creating a comfortable and attractive place to do taxes, day trade or simply tend to household bills. In my mind, an attractive rug can help a lot. I’m not talking about generic wall-to-wall carpeting, I’m focusing on area rugs of various styles from modern to traditional Orientals because they have so much personality and color.
Do you like black and white but aren’t a fan of zebra-style rugs? The wide black and white stripe design [top] is straightforward and commanding. Plus it’s relatively neutral in color To me it says let’s get down to business!
A French 18th Century desk and antique needlepoint chair sit in the home library of Clover Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Chesie Breen. Imagine this space without the Oriental rug. Acting as a frame, the rug defines and separates the desk space from the adjacent seating area. Its size, design and wonderful turquoise color work in sync with the surrounding furnishings.
When I was searching for an antique desk I was hoping to find a drop-lid style since it offers a quick “hide the clutter” solution. Designer Lori Graham pairs a cream and brown Beni Ouarain style Moroccan rug with modern accessories and a small drop-front desk.
Designer Meg Braff combines a gorgeous classic Persian runner with a drop-front chest.
The dark walls and floor in this room suggest a masculine vibe. A geometric tribal rug keeps the mood casual. The carpet has a fair amount of chocolate brown coloring but thanks to the complementary pale blue and rose shades also used, the rug infuses a well balanced touch of color into an otherwise monochrome de home office library from Goldberg Downey Architects.
Designer Todd Romano has a line of wool rugs, and my guess is this dhurrie is from his collection. The window-pane design reflects the lines of the window in front of the desk as well as the colors of the lamp and chair cushion. Its simple design keeps the focus on the view. Add a couple of bird feeders to those tree limbs and I would be happily distracted from my blogging duties. This example is my ideal location for a desk.
(Sources: Clover Magazine, Phoebe Howard, Lori Graham, Meg Braff, Goldberg Downey Architects, Todd Romano)
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