A rug with small-scale patterns can warm up a stark, minimalist space that might seem cold otherwise. Here, a patterned rug becomes the focal point of a Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment.
In Ibiza, Spain, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. A Losanges rug by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, part of Marquina’s 2011 collection, anchors the master bedroom, with deep reds and oranges that warm up the otherwise all-white room. The Básica Mínima bedside lamp is from Santa & Cole, and the kilim pillows, available online and in Marquina’s Barcelona shop, are by Philippe Xerri.
At a midcentury renovation in Portland, a vintage sunburst rug visually harmonizes with the rich grain of the kitchen counter.
A good combination of two rugs can be better than one, so don't be afraid to mix and match. Two antique rugs from Morocco complement each other perfectly in this Belgian home.
A black-and-white Ikea rug riffs on the geometric motif found throughout this beachside apartment in southwest France.
While patterned rugs are usually used as centerpieces in minimalist spaces, sometimes they work best when combined with other colors, textures and patterns. This Shelter Island vacation home boasts an interior festooned with a kaleidoscopic mix of colors and an array of tactile materials.