One of the easiest ways to update any room is by changing the rug. This year's fresh crop of shapes and textures offers plenty of imaginative ways to reinvent your decor, whether you're looking to add a modern element to a traditional seating area or warm up a cold wood floor.
"The rug can be used to bring out the color of a room or tone down the room," says Margreet Cevasco of Cevasco Design Inc. in Sea Cliff. "Rugs can anchor a seating area or create definition between rooms in open spaces. Rugs makes you feel grounded and can really dictate the style of a room."
Thinking of changing or updating your style? Cevasco and five other local interior designers offer their picks for the best rug trends for 2012.
Trend: hides and skins
SAYS WHO? Diane Guariglia, owner of Dyfari Interiors in Cold Spring Harbor
TELL ME MORE For those looking for something a little more on the wild side, cowhide rugs are right on trend. "Hide rugs were a popular trend in the '70s; it's really coming back around," says Guariglia. "They're a great way to bring texture into a room." Hides don't have to be in the shape of animals anymore, either. "Manufacturers can cut hides in shapes that are very modern. Stark carries a whole line like that," she says. In addition to new shapes, such as circular and herringbone patterns, hides are also being dyed new colors, such as pink. And they're easier to take care of than most people think. "People are afraid because cowhide is like a fur, but it's actually very practical," says Guariglia. "It's a lot more resilient than you'd think. It's like hair, and you can wash it or even just wipe it down."
SAYS WHO? Marlaina Teich of Marlaina Teich Designs in Bellmore
TELL ME MORE Traditional Tibetan rugs involve an old, very complex technique of hand-knotting not found in any other style of rug-making, and, in Tibet, India and Nepal, there still are rugmakers manufacturing rugs this way. The high demand for these rugs nowadays means you have to know where to find them. But the trend hasn't yet peaked. "You're not going to walk into your friend's house and see a Tibetan rug," says Teich. "It's not the same rug everyone has. The more traditional Persian rugs are what people are used to. But Tibetan rugs, with their large-scale patterns and their colors, are different, and I think people are looking for something a little different."
WHERE CAN I GET THIS TREND? Tamarian Tibetan, from $1,500, Country Carpet & Rug, 207 Robbins Lane, Syosset, 516-822-5855
Trend: metallic threads
SAYS WHO? Margreet Cevasco of Cevasco Design Inc. in Sea Cliff
TELL ME MORE Rugs woven with metallic threads or metallic silks are in the spotlight this season. "Almost everything in interior design stems from fashion and from couture, and there's been a lot of metallics in clothing again," says Cevasco. "Metallic fabrics have become extremely popular for rugs and interior fabrics, and I think that adds a little bit of glamour to interior design. People like the sparkle that adds."
WHERE CAN I GET THIS TREND? Nourison rug collection, from $799, Floor Decor, 456 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-764-4466
Trend: oversized patterns
SAYS WHO? Patti Johnston, of Patti Johnston Designs in Centerport
TELL ME MORE When it comes to decorating, some folks like to think big. Large-scale patterned rugs feature outsized designs that can make them the focal point of a room. "Many designers are using these types of rugs because it makes a bold statement, so everything else in the room can be subdued and quiet," says Johnston. "I find that when you have such a large pattern, it makes a great statement, and it's easy to mix, because the large-scale design almost becomes quieter when mixed with smaller patterns."
WHERE CAN I GET THIS TREND? Madeline Weinrib Westby rug, $100-$2,800, Gansett Lane Home, 6 S. Etna Ave., Montauk, 631-668-8050
SAYS WHO? Jennifer Duneier of Duneier Design in Manhattan
TELL ME MORE Overdyed rugs are made by dipping old rugs in dyes and allowing the different weaves and designs to grab the dye, creating a tonal pattern that is much more subtle and fresh than the original carpets. That's what makes them so appealing. "People have all these old Oriental rugs, and they don't want traditional interiors anymore, so Stark came up with this idea of dyeing the rugs to give them a modern look," says Duneier. "The patterns are traditional but the colors are more contemporary."
Trend: modern ikat
TELL ME MORE Ikat, a centuries-old style of dyeing, has been recently updated and reinvented, and the new iterations are becoming popular. "Ikat patterns have really come back in vogue," says Korek. "They are tribal, yet have a modern feel to them." Contemporary fabric designers are using old patterns and changing their scale, texture or color to create fresh, new designs. "The new ikat rugs are trendy and Old World at the same time, and they have a warm yet modern feeling."
WHERE CAN I GET THIS TREND? Madeline Weinrib Ikat, in pink or blue, $100 to $2,800, available by special order through English Country Antiques, 26 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton, 631-537-0606