Building a Room Around the Rug: Bold Floral

Building a Room Around the Rug: Bold Floral

Jessica Tata
Jun 30, 2011

I decided to have a little fun and build a room around this floral statement rug. For this particular design, I wanted to embrace the bold colors and femininity of the rug, but also add a modern touch to the room.

The result seems to be an interesting take on Hollywood regency, giving it a modern twist with bright colors and a dash of minimalist artwork. Contrast is encouraged with both black and white furniture offsetting the bold hues, and the tufted velvet sofa doesn't shy away with its bright yellow color.

Gloria's Garden Rug from Anthropologie demands attention with a large scale floral pattern in every color in the spectrum.

The Hutton Sofa in a bold Daffodil color velvet from Room & Board brings a dose of Hollywood regency with tufted thick pile velvet and a right-back orientation, referencing fainting couches of the era.

• Two Modern Windsor Accent Chairs from West Elm have mid-century elements with a bent-wood frame and tapered legs. In stark black, the chairs draw out the black in the rug, encouraging contrast, but all the while keeping the overall look light with a small footprint and airy presence.

• Crate&Barrel's Ginger Salt Side Table is a steel table adorned with a celtic knot design, powder coated in white. This ornate detail really adds to the Hollywood regency appeal, and the white color contrasts nicely with the yellow sofa and black chairs.

• This revamp of the studio source light from the 1940s is made by CB2. The Beacon Light gives a dramatic effect to the room, creating a mood reminiscent of a movie starlet photo shoot.

• The Peekaboo Clear Coffee Table, also from CB2, is a molded piece of clear acrylic, which allows for the view of the rug to be unimpeded. This lucite material was also prevalent in furniture in the 40s, but has a modern and simple shape in this form.

• I've added a couple of Corduroy Floor Pillows from Urban Outfitters to draw out some of the color from the rug, and carry the tufted look of the sofa to another piece in the room.

• Lastly, although many of the items above are probably above my price range as well, I've chosen a bit of a "dream item" for the room. I'm not even certain if one could acquire this if they wanted! This piece of artwork, White Painting [seven panel], 1951, by Robert Rauschenberg, seen at the Guggenheim, would be stunning in a room like this. A far cry from realistic, I know, but a fantastic addition to my fantasy living room!

Image: Collage by Jessica Tata, included images as linked above

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