Friday, 24 May 2013

Defining Spaces

When working with interior spaces there are lots of ways to define spaces and create focal areas. Rugs are one of the simplest and most effective ways to do this. 

In the picture below, the white table and chairs could easily be lost against the white walls and soft grey floor, but the rug anchors and highlights the furniture. The repeat circles in the light, table and rug soften the sharp lines of the walls and pictures.

Many of us live in open plan homes these days, where it's important to create different living area within one large space. The use of two rugs clearly defines the dining and living areas.

Even a small rug can be effective. This sheepskin layered over the large floor rug forms a cosy spot, while also linking it to the rest of the living area.

Where rugs work on floors, you can be equally clever with paint on the walls. By painting a rectangle behind this long desk it, once again, anchors and defines the area.

The cushions and the skull direct your eye to the bedhead, creating the focal point of the bedroom. The dark green half painted wall is a gorgeous contrast to the pink. It also helps create that focal point, while adding a cosy, enclosed feeling.

Lastly, can you imagine this hallway without the hot pink stripe? It adds interest to what could easily be an uneventful space. The addition of the art and the large white vessel draws your eye up and around the corner. So clever, don't you think?!

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  1. I'm constantly on the lookout for area rugs that are stylish but reasonably priced. You've reinforced how important they are. Great ideas here, thanks Vic. Have a great weekend x

    1. Thanks Michelle. We (Bibby + Brady) have some great rug suppliers. They really make a room feel complete. x

  2. I love this post Vic, it also confirms my discussion with a friend a few weeks ago. She has an entrance way that is used as more of a walk through area and not the great entrance it could be. My friend asked me for some ideas to improve this area. One of the first things I told her was add a circular rug and I have been working on some mood boards for her. I think by using the circular as you have mentioned, it defines an area and with the right pieces of furniture it would no longer feel like a thoroughfare.

    Thanks for this post I will send the link to her, it confirms my idea of a round rug as being perfect.


    1. I'm so pleased that I could help Lee. Your advice sounds spot on. x


It's lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. Best wishes, Vic xxx

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