FROM THE GROUND UP
After the floor plan is complete, people often wonder what to tackle next when decorating a room. Donna
Brown of Dazzling Designs always starts her interior design process with a decorative hand-woven rug
and builds the space using the rug as inspiration.
|Brown recommends black in every rug because black adds
drama to the space.
|This hand-woven wool rug was placed on top of a high-end
wool carpet, creating a luxurious living room.
“I like to start with a hand-woven
rug on the floor because that
sets the pace of everything in
the room and will help drive the
colors. It’s the artwork on the
floor and it offers a great color
scheme to start with for the rest
of the space,” says Brown.
The rug selection will help
dictate the next steps: color,
fabrics, wall finishes, wood
pieces, window treatments and
“Selecting a hand-woven rug is
like choosing artwork – it’s
very personal,” says Brown.
Find something you like based
on color, design and texture.
Brown recommends taking large
rugs home before finalizing a
purchase because the rugs may
appear to be a different color
once in the home.
“We leave the client’s favorite
rugs in the house for a couple
days so they can see them day
and night,” says Brown. Rugs
have a light side and a dark
side, so based on the knotting
and direction of the weave,
they might need to be rotated
to achieve the correct color.
Rugs integrated with silk will
have the most substantial
change in their light and dark
sides, and may look completely
different depending on their
Brown contends that if you start
with a rug, you have the opportunity to purchase the best rug for your budget. Rug prices can vary
significantly, so she recommends selecting the rug first to ensure it’s perfect for the space.
“I like using a traditional rug in any environment,” says Brown. “It actually looks really cool to take a
contemporary space and place a really traditional rug on the floor, then keep everything else