Interior Designer Susan Young reveals the one step that can simplify your
entire decorating project.
It's only natural to feel slightly overwhelmed when you start a home
redecorating project. After all, the choices ahead of you are virtually
limitless. It doesn't have to make you crazy. In fact, Interior Designer Susan
Young of Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers a first step that can simplify every
decision that follows.
Her advice? Start with the rug just inside your front door.
Considering the importance of first impressions, you may know to give extra
thought to your foyer. What you may not know is that the decisions you make
there can simplify everything else. Here's how.
Start by selecting a rug that has rich color, pattern, and intricate design.
You'll realize two major benefits.
- First, you conceal the soil, sand, mud, and rain that people inevitably
- Second, and most importantly for the task at hand, your rug helps you make
all-important color decisions.
You probably already have an idea of the main color you'll use in your home.
Find a rug that's predominantly that color. The rug you choose, the one you're
drawn to, will practically make the decision of your two accent colors for you
because most rug designs will consist of three main colors. With one purchase,
you know three colors that you can now mix and match to create a striking,
stylish continuity from room to room.
On a recent decorating project, Designer Susan Young started with a base of
natural, earthy brown. Susan actually knew before she started that her two
accent colors would be off-white and celedon green, but non-designers among us
don't often have that foresight. The rug she chose, however--Carden Park from
Shaw's Jack Nicklaus Collection-- could have made the decision for her.
Repetition of patterns, colors, and designs creates flow in adjoining rooms,
says Susan. The three colors from the rug--brown, celedon, and white--became the
basis for all the decisions that followed.
For the sitting room, for example, she painted the walls a bright celedon green.
It brought a brilliant splash of color to the home. Rich in tone, the effect is
ultimately soothing, welcoming, and warm. The base color remained equally
important in the sitting room, with the natural brown continuing from the foyer
rug to the carpet and as accents in the drapes and sofa fabric.
The colors in your paints and fabrics and floorcoverings won't be exact matches,
but they will be from the same family, which creates depth of color, visual
interest, and design flow.
"Repeat, repeat, repeat" is one of Susan's primary decorating tips. "Repeating
patterns, and colors, and designs over and over again helps tie many various
So, to create distinctive rooms that flow together beautifully,
- find a rug you love for just inside the front door
- determing the rug's three main colors
- then, repeat, repeat, repeat.