I love rugs

Whilst rugs aren’t necessarily the first thing you’re thinking of when redesigning a space, I think they’re a brilliant way to finish a room and tie everything together. Whether you’re looking to spruce up an existing space or are designing from a-fresh, they’re an easy solution to unobtrusively bring that little something extra. They add something that other, more central pieces of furniture just can’t without becoming the centre of attention. Here are a few of my favourites!

 

Chevron rug

Chevron rug

 

I do have a thing for chevrons, but if you can’t face taking over a room with a whole wall, then how about a more subtle rug? I love the turquoise and it’s a great way to also add a pop of colour.

Multicolour chevron rug

Multicolour triangle rug

I’ve previously featured a wallpaper version of this pattern in my Wallpaper post, so imagine my excitement when I came across the matching rug! Whilst I’m not usually into matching and I wouldn’t recommend it in the same room, it could be a fabulous way to link two rooms together. Maybe a children’s bedroom and a playroom?

Alexander Mcqueen Hummingbird Ivory

Alexander Mcqueen Hummingbird Ivory

How charming are these birds? A beautiful addition to a low key living room, whether you’re looking to brighten up some neutrals or add some delight to a darker theme.

Confetti flora rug

Confetti flora rug

For something more feminine but equally as colourful then maybe this Confetti flora rug from Anthropologie could do the trick?

 

blue geometric

Blue Geometric

 

If you’ve already got the colour and just want to add some depth, then I love all the geometric rugs and patterns on sale at the moment. I’d match this one from The Rug Company with a fairly neutral grey colour scheme with some pops of yellow?

 

Plantation rug company

Plantation rug company

 

I adore this piece. I think it’d be an amazing feature rug and what a fantastic array of colours to use in the rest of the room. A dark blue sofa surrounded by neutral grey walls? You could even go really dark and add a black accent wall. Who said blue and black can’t be mixed? You can break this rule at Heals or head over to Bouf for the equally charming circular version.

Circular Scope Rug

Circular Scope Rug

 

If you’ve already got the colour and are looking for a less formal rug to finish, then a black and white circle rug would be ideal. I love this one by CB2 not least because of how adaptable it could be. It’d work equally well in a more serious setting or even with some fresh pastels.

 

Stamp Rug

Stamp rug

Why not really challenge the rules and hang a rug on the wall? This postage stamp rug at notonthehighstreet.com looks equally good on the floor and comes in a variety of colours.

 

Felt rugs

Felt rugs

Lastly, these wool rugs would be a great addition to any kid’s space. They come in a variety of colours and sizes so could be exactly what you’re looking for!

Have a (colourful) seat..

Following on from my obsession with wallpaper, I’ve also been getting overexcited by the glimpses of spring by frantically eyeing up the new seasons ranges of bright furniture that seem to be popping up everywhere. Part of me wonders how practical a yellow sofa would really be and how tiresome a fuschia chair could eventually get (but that’s the sensible side of my brain that I rarely use). The more impulsive, creative side of me can’t get enough.

Snooze chair in yellow

Snooze chair

My first pick is this amazing snooze chair. Oversized armchairs are a must have for any comfy reading corner – but in yellow? It makes curling up with a good book acceptable in the summer and not only a winter thing – I love it and I want it!

Green 3 seater sofa

STOCKHOLM in Sandbacka green

If you’re looking for a larger injection of colour then I’m really liking this 3 seater Stockholm from Ikea. The green is perfect. Not too dark and not too limey – apologies if that’s a made up word. I’ve already used it in a couple of moodboards recently and it’s so versatile in terms of the other colours and patterns it goes with. The velvety texture also brings an additional depth.

Ritchie sofa

Ritchie

If you’re looking for something more polite, then how about something from the Ritchie collection at Made.com? The modern design is neat and contained, yet there’s a range of fantastic colours which still make it special.

Pink dream and snooze

Pink dream and snooze

For something more luxurious I love this fuschia pink dream and snooze sofa from Graham and Green. It’s a pretty big pop of colour, yet could be tamed against some neutral walls and accessories. I could imagine it under an equally colourful picture wall.

Oliver Bonas Tub Chair

Oliver Bonas Tub Chair

Oliver Bonas Tub Chair

Oliver Bonas Tub Chair

Oliver Bonas Love Tub

Oliver Bonas Love Tub

yellow love tub

Yellow love tub

My final picks have to be the Oliver Bonas tub chairs. The chairs are small enough to fit in any lonely corner, and the Love Tubs are slightly larger if you’ve got that bit more space. I think they could be ideal in an entranceway or a corridor if you want to show your fun side to any visitors, or a great way to liven up a dressing room or bedroom. There are so many colours available that you’re bound to find something suitable and I’d completely advocate it as an investment piece. You’ll always find room for the tub!

Wallpaper me!

Along with rugs and artwork, wallpaper has become another slight obsession of mine. Whether it’s to make a feature wall, to bring more colour into the room, tie existing colours together, use as a backdrop to some otherwise plain shelves or just add some extra depth, I think it’s a fabulous way to just add that something extra to your space. See below for a few of my favourites!

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Birdsong WallpaperI absolutely adore this paper. It’s got so many colours in it yet still remains intricate and isn’t too overwhelming. I’d love to use this as the backdrop to a photo feature, bringing that feminine edge to an otherwise minimal space.Image

For me, this chevron design would be great in a study or an office space. It’s got that serious look about it, but the yellow just brings something fresh and fun to brighten it up and make it more exciting.

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Love these triangles! I can’t decide how big a wall you could get away with putting them on or if they’d make your brain frazzle a little if on too large a space. I think they’re a brilliant way to tie some colours together though and could be used as a backdrop to some shelves or even along a larger wall up to half height, with one of the colours used to finish the top half of the wall.

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How cute are these spoons! I’d easily get carried away with this stunning paper and want to use it everywhere. My first thought was in a kitchen, then a dining room as they’d surely provide a talking point! They’ve also got that childlike feel to them and would look great in a playroom or in a kids bedroom. I’ve come across some other great papers by this studio so do have a look on my Pinterest for more.

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Burlesque

Ok, so you’d have to pretty daring to use this in a whole room however if you’ve got a playful side I think this could brighten up a cloakroom or a guest toilet and lead to some great conversations! Even on the inside of a wardrobe or in a dressing room if you really wanted to keep it out of sight.

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Cloakroom

This is one of my favourites if only I had the space to use it. I think it’d work really well in a hallway or a cloakroom as a border and would be great to provide some continuity along a corridor. What with the different colours involved it’d be fairly easy to tie into most schemes.

 There’s so many more amazing wallpapers out there, which I WILL find. Watch this space and keep an eye on my Pinterest boards for more ideas to come!