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CouchRug-676x450In case you missed it, my article for how to use oriental rugs appeared in Epoch Times yesterday! Find the article here.

The main draw for oriental rugs is their bold patterns. They are intricate and beautiful, but need to be styled accordingly to present a room properly without overcrowding it.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 2.23.49 PMMy Tips: This rug has living room written all over it. Use a sofa to anchor the rug and then add two end tables on either side, a coffee table in the center, with two side chairs opposite the sofa.

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Choose a taupe sofa to highlight the rug’s ivory main field, and then bring out the other colors with accessories and artwork with accents of orange, indigo, and even a touch of turquoise. To liven up the room, incorporate a turquoise accent wall.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 2.25.36 PMMy Tips: So often, area rugs used in foyers, hallways, or kitchens are high on function but low on visual interest. Try placing a kilim prominently in these areas with nothing on it or around it, and let it be the star of the show.

What paint goes best?

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When it comes to paint color, have fun! Go bold with a rich orange or rich pepper.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 3.18.33 PMMy Tips: Runners can either be used functionally, to remove dirt from muddy feet, or they can have aesthetic purposes such as working as a visual “connector” from room to room.
This runner has so many wonderful colors that it would pair nicely with an elegant piece of wood furniture, such as a sideboard flanking its longer end in a foyer or hallway.


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Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 3.20.20 PMIf you are interested in reading more, find the rest of my list and tips at Epoch Times!

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