For the love of interior design and decorating, I took down notes during one of the rare occasions I watched TV, and learned one valuable decorating lesson from the winner of HGTV Design Star’s 6th season, Meg Caswell.
She swooned the panelists as she transformed a dull living/dining area into a stunning, timeless and classy room for an expecting couple.
One tip she shared during her final makeover in the show, I see as a valuable lesson on decorating. It was a first for me, and I find it so brilliant—so brilliant in fact that I had to share it with you.
It isn’t exactly how she said it, but it went something like:
[When decorating] always start with the area rug.
It should be the basis for the room’s style and color palette.
Is this decorating tip a first for you? It definitely was for me! Brilliant, isn’t it?
To give you more out of this valuable lesson from Meg Caswell, I want to show you ways to make an area rug the basis for a room’s style and color palette.
Take this dark traditional area rug as an example:
Take the floral pattern from the rug and bring it to the walls. Bring in a beige sofa with dark brown throw pillows, gold artwork, black sidetables topped with metallic table lamps with beige shades—all inspired by the colors of the rug, and this is what you get:
Another example would be this whimsical pink military-printed rug:
Then take all its colors and do variations of tints and shades, and apply them all over the room, choosing pink as the main color and accessorize with black and gray, and this is what you get:
Indeed, Meg Caswell’s tip is a valuable lesson on decorating a room! So next time you’re faced with a decorating dilemma, base the room’s style and color palette on your favorite area rug!