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5 things you should know about kilim rugs

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, October 14, 2012

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1.  Kilim rugs with their flat weave (or no pile) seem to sit particularly well in almost any modern interior .... rustic, contemporary, city or country, sitting room, kitchen or even bathroom.

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2.  Their geometric designs are available in a range of colour tones. Kilims add warmth, fabulous colour and a distinct personality to any neutral interior.  

3.  Finding a kilim to compliment any scheme or interior is not all that difficult.  From recent experience most rug dealers have a number of kilims to look at. 

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4.  The older kilims have the more subtle colours and their size tends to be more rectangular than square. 

5.  There is a trend now for kilims to be used as upholstery or cushions.  I love this look. Not sure how I feel about the patchwork kilims ....

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PS.   Don't forget a good underlay ... they do tend to move.

10 tips for creating a black and white interior !!

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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There is nothing as smart as black and white !! And you don't need another colour at all if you are clever with texture and pattern.  How inviting is the grey woollen blanket above, not to mention the rustic trunk .... the juxtaposition of the contemporary slick white walls with lots of texture, pattern and vintage !!

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Again, a simple white interior contrasted with the warmth and texture of the linen sofa and timber table.  Interestingly, it is the definite contrast of the black shade, television and other smaller pieces that create the statement. 

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This is an example of pure white on white with not a lot of black ...... however you don't need a lot to make the statement. 

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In contrast, the black in this interior is strong and bold and looks fabulous !!

The combination of the very definite black and white stripes with the softer lines of the sofa and armchair works beautifully. The detailed window architrave and rustic side tables soften the linear effect of the rug. 

So be bold ..... go forth and embrace black and white for its simplicity, its inherent style and its flexibility.

Some black and white suggestions ......

almost black walls with white ceiling, doors, windows, skirting and architraves, floors pale bleached timber

white walls, ceiling and trims with black gloss timber floor

bathrooms with white wall tiles, predominantly white tiled floor with small black tile in check pattern, black vanity as a contrast with white bath and basin

all white kitchens with a very thick black benchtop ... particularly good with black timber floor or even grey bleached timber 

staircases in white with black handrail and tread only

charcoal to black painted exterior for timber houses or sheds with white trim on windows, doors and shutters

black and white photographs framed in black on a white wall or framed in white on a black wall

a soft black fringed throw rug on a bed made with crisp white bedlinen and doona

thick black bath towels hanging or folded in an all white bathroom

a large vase full of fully blown pink roses in any black and white interior .... 

 

 

 


 

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