Anthony Armenio

Last week, we published to you a list on the several avenues an Oriental rug can mesh with one's environment. Walls, decor, style, aesthetic, furniture--several avenues that have an impact on one's interior design, especially when including an Oriental or Persian rug. However, there was one topic we grazed over that we wanted to dive further in depth with. Outside of walls, or decor, or furniture, or any of those other listed topics, there's a singular subject that, in a way, trumps the rest due to its incredibly important scope: Floors.

When one thinks of their home setup, their first thought doesn't necessarily graze over the floor. You think of the colors of your walls, or what furniture is populating the room's space, or what decor will embody the aesthetic of whats directly in front of you in full. So rarely do people actually look down at the ground, taking in not lays directly in front of them, but also beneath their footing. The scope of this area can normally be untapped until you're actually and literally considering something pertaining to its design. Maybe you're looking to redesign your floors, placing in tiles instead of hardwood; maybe you're seeking to do vice versa and hardwood your tiled floor; maybe you've been comfortable in the carpet finish your feet rest upon each and every day.

Regardless of your existing or newfound floor, one thing is an absolute: it sincerely plays a roll in the machinations of Interior Design. Imagine the importance of your walls, but instead of them laying at your sides they lay beneath your feet. Your floor is another facet that plays an equally important role in designing your home--maybe more than anyone realizes until it's time to "spruce" them up.

The rug you choose can be hung or laid out. In this specific case, we're covering the primary means of garnishing your rug: placing it on the floor. Like walls, or furniture, or existing decor, floors play an important role with designing your interior. This is where your feet run across each and every day--this is the literal foundation of your home. Being the foundation of what you call your residence, it should be garnished and venerated as such. An Oriental rug is that perfect addition to turn what might just be seen as a "floor" into a centerpiece of beautiful motifs. 

The main points we're about to cover in regards to floors draws back to our previous conversations concerning Contrast and Sync. That being said, there are several different forms that a floor plan can come in:


  • Hardwood
    • Dark
    • Light
  • Carpet
    • Array of colors, but most buyers normally go with colors more toward variations of beige or brown
  • Tile
    • Dark
    • Light

    Outside of these three, there exist several other ways to design a floor, such as epoxy or concrete; however, virtually all floors either come sporting a lighter or darker tone. Due to this, disregard a floor's qualities outside of the two encompassing hues: light, and dark.

    Approaching light and dark, again, involves our returning point of Contrast and Sync.


    Writer's Note: We're going to continue to see these points involve Contrast and Sync due to them covering virtually every single aspect pertaining to Interior Design. Understanding Contrast and Sync is a crucial part of evoking the absolute potential in any living space.


    Regardless of the floor type you have, they, again, cover these proxies of light or dark. For instance, Hardwood can range anywhere between light and dark depending on the wood utilized. Tile comes in all shapes and sizes, from white, to black, to grey. Carpets, too, come in many variations across the spectrum. All three of these floor types are the primary means of footing within an interior. Since their spectrum can be placed anywhere between light and dark, choosing a rug that either Contrasts or Syncs with this variable is an incredibly customization avenue toward Interior Design.

    Let's look at some customer examples:


    Example #1:


    Dark Brown Hardwood


    Dark Hardwood Floor with Oriental Rug

    Courtesy of Nikki from New Jersey


    The above example proves our point concerning not just Contrast, but Sync as well. The Contrast is between this Hamadan rug, the walls, the lamp and the table to the right. Meanwhile, there's an interesting Sync going on between the rug, door, railing, and floor itself. The balance between the two provides a unique edge to this area of our customer's home. Though Contrast is more present through the outline of the home, the crux of it is focused on a Sync that balances the two genuinely. By capitalizing on every aspect of this area, especially the floor, an aura of originality is exuded with the Oriental rug. 


    Example #2:


    White/Beige Carpet Flooring


    Light Colored Floor with Oriental Rug

    Courtesy of Marylene from Maryland


    Rather than sporting both Contrast and Sync, this environment primarily houses Sync. Though the furniture of this living space is darker, the walls and flooring itself override it, giving the entire room a more "light" appearance with a few specs of dark. There's some Contrast, yes, but Sync primarily rules over this space. The beige tones mixed with a lighter red cause this Mahal rug to act as an eye grabbing centerpiece among the white/beige floor. More-so, this is a carpet on-top of a carpet--for anyone doubting if this type of approach could work, simply look above and see how well this entire area meshes together. This is a pleasant and well established equilibrium.


    Example #3:


    Light Grey Tile


    Light Tile with Oriental Rug

    Courtesy of Skip from New Mexico


    Finally we have an emblazoned example of Contrast. Turning the stone from carpet or hardwood, tile is the means of flooring in this customer's living space. The tile possesses a light tone that matches incredibly will with several aspects of the room, such as the door frame and even the walls. The rug, a darker Hamadan, adds a Contrast that draws any person's towards the rug and, in turn, the luxury of the floor's design. 


    Knowing how to capitalize on every aspect of your home is how to become a skilled Interior Designer yourself. Sure, Interior Design takes years of practice to become a master, but knowing the basics and how very straightforward parts of your house can be improved upon is a plus when it comes to fostering originality. Floors are often an overlooked portion of the household--informing you on how your Oriental rug can decorate each and every aspect of your living space is our pleasure.

    We hope you've enjoyed another week and entry of Fine Rug Collection's Blog!


    Cheers, and until next time!