Start with a carpet.
That’s been the rule for almost a year on The Clifton Road project. Each room, except the family room, features a traditional Persian rug. Modern decorating with Persian rugs offers a challenge for many. They hold both monetary and sentimental value to the homeowner so replacing them usually is non-negotiable. However, the goal has always been to incorporate the rugs and other antiques into the home while also representing the youthful spirit of the people who live there.
Here’s a BEFORE shot:
And here’s a PROGRESS photo…What changed here?
1. The room was cleared to make way for the new/old rug. The predominate colors featured are red, black, and there’s even a touch of green. When deciding on which color I wanted to use for drapery, I knew I wanted to steer clear of using green for fear it may look like Christmas in July.
2. We chose custom made red silk drapery panels for a mega dose of drama. What you don’t see is the gorgeous hardware I selected from Paris Texas Hardware. The crystal cut finial repeats the luxurious details seen on the chandelier.
3. I sourced new furnishings for the room. Keep in mind the basis of the design is still very traditional, however the new upholstery and accessories will introduce fresh, contemporary design elements.
The Dunham tripod lamp from DwellStudio inserts a bit of art-deco glam…
While the Gold Leaf Collection Coffee Table provides a sleek minimalist silhouette and keeps the room from feeling bulky in the midst of the wood furnishings.
and finally, the barely there floating bracket will display fine Italian pottery. I’m currently researching how to secure it to the bracket. Please chime in below with your ideas on how to do this.
4. As for the fabrics, I kept the color palette tight with red, ivory, and black. The patterns I selected were mainly geometric in an effort to modernize the antiques. Here’s a closer look:
We just got a pair of chairs back from the upholsterer. Look at the dramatic transformation! We’re still waiting on a Spanish dining chair which will be used as a side chair and a piano bench. Custom pillows in the floral and small scale black and white pattern (left) will go on a new camelback sofa.
I couldn’t be happier with how things are coming along. Has modern decorating with Persian rugs posed a challenge for you?
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