In a word, Greige. Gray is the new beige, and as a color visually cools a space in summer months while adding a warmed glow in the dimmed light of fall and winter. It is the perfect neutral, half way between black and white on the color scale. Because it pairs perfectly with everything, gray continues to be the hottest go-to color for both product and interior design. Classic. Sleek and refined. Considered the color of intellect, gray matters for so many reasons.
There is a perfect rug for anywhere you need one, but the challenges of foot traffic, moisture, and other environmental factors should be a part of your selection process in addition to the color and design. With so many construction methods and materials, we thought that a simple and abridged approach to rugs types and their best uses might be helpful!
Hand-tufted wool rugs are made with thick and sumptuous yarns, and feel luxurious underfoot. These rugs are best suited for medium and low traffic areas including living and family rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.
Hand-hooked wool rugs, composed of smaller loops, have a lower pile and profile than a tufted rug. Hooked rugs meet the demands of all traffic levels from bedrooms to kitchens, and are best used in a dry location as opposed to any entryway or mud room.
Hand-tufted cut and loop pile wool rugs are an excellent choice for any room, and offer up lots of visual interest via their surface texture. These rugs are ready to take on all your traffic patterns.
Bamboo viscose is a new yarn for its soft shimmer and shine, and for its ability to become saturated with dyes yielding spectacular colors. It is soft and luxurious, so we like to think of bamboo viscose as cashmere for your floor. Hand spun bamboo viscose rugs are best suited for your dressier spaces that experience lower traffic such as living rooms and bed rooms.
Polypropylene hooked and flatweave rugs are perfect for any space, indoors or out. These rugs take a beating, can be cleaned with a garden hose, and stand up to all traffic levels including that of mudrooms, porches, and entryway. Yet they look just right in a family room, bedroom, or kitchen.
We all love spring, and its annual promise of a return to slamming screen doors, long lazy days, and a cool drink on the porch. Summer is a care-free time, and that casual feeling translates into the design style that will highlight the coming months. Here are the 4 trends for warm weather, and there is seasonal fun for everyone.
- Nautical nods. By land or by sea, summer is the season to pull out all the sea-side stops!
- Bright, BRIGHT, B R I G H T S. Don’t be shy when it comes to color. Summer is the time to let your inner preppy shine.
- Make a statement with motifs. Summer is the time for light-hearted fun, and a themed rug adds interest in a snap.
- Outdoor living. Barefoot –friendly and easy-care polypropylene rugs visually ground outdoor furniture on a porch or deck. They brighten transitional high-traffic areas while simultaneously collecting the errant beach sand we all secretly love!
Round rugs add visual interest in any space because of their shape, but really shine when used in smaller spaces like a bathroom or guest room. Rounds are a great addition in an entry way or mud room (Company C offers two indoor/outdoor rugs in a round version, perfect for transitional spaces). Their shape tricks the eye into thinking that these spaces are much larger than they are, and provides a visual anchor for the room. Whether a bedside accent, or unifying component in a larger living space, here are three key round-rug design tips that may keep you from running around in circles.
- Consider economies of scale. When contemplating adding a round rug to a larger room, be sure it is large enough so that the room’s most significant furniture touches it. This way the room will feel anchored to the rug.
- Mirror your shapes. Round rugs look fantastic when paired with round objects and furniture. Try a round rug under a table with a round top…this will cause the eye to sweep vertically instead of horizontally making the ceiling seem taller and the sapce more expansive.
- Start a conversation. Round rugs are great foundations for intimate seating areas. Add four comfortable chairs, a table and your friends. The rug’s shape draws people closer for a more harmonious exchange of ideas. This is a great way to create intimacy in large and open spaces.
Decorative pillows add a dash of wow and visually pull together furniture in a room. They quickly transform a bed, chair, or sofa from ho-hum to yum, and provide a place for weary heads to rest..
Placing accent pillows requires following a few simple rules…your own! We love being symmetrical and balanced one day, tossed together the next…accent pillows make it easy to bring your personal style to life.
We have collected some of our favorite studies in symmetry for your inspiration…and contrasted them with a group of perfect pairings that coordinate, but don’t matchy-match. No matter your style, pile on the pillows for texture, visual impact, and a comfy landing spot.
To see artisanal detail that makes Company C pillows so unique, click here.
Throws are warm and welcoming additions to any living room, family room, or bed room. They also bring a new level of design to any space. Throws often have three qualities that make them standout additions:
Layering any of these three elements onto a bed or upholstered furniture will add depth and a visual focal point. Here are a few easy ways to add the versatility of a throw where you need it most:
On the sofa. When adding the visual impact of a throw to any piece of upholstered furniture, consider your personal style and the frequency with which your new throw will be used. For a casual look, toss the throw onto the back of a chair or sofa, and drape without folding. Fringed throws add visual drama when placed this way with the fringe landing just shy of the floor. The look is warm and cozy, and casually inviting. If your style is more formal or structured, drape a neatly folded throw over the arm of your favored piece of furniture for an orderly and at-your-service look. Place a patterned or textured throw over the back of a neutral colored sofa to add some visual spice. No matter your style, the visual contrast of a throw will add depth to your space.
On the bed. Throws bring the utility of added warmth to any bed, but they also add personality and convey welcome to overnight guests. Folded and draped the long way, throws add depth and texture to any sized bed, but make larger beds seem more cozy and inviting. Throws bring a sense of design unity to guest rooms with multiple beds in them by simply placing coordinating throws on each bed. When pulled up over the bottom half of a bed, throws add immediate visual contrast…..and keep sweet dreams from being interrupted on chilly nights.
Indoor/outdoor. Easy care. No matter what you call these flat weave and hand-hooked rugs, we love them! Made of UV protected polyester (sourced from recycled plastic bottles) and 100% polypropylene, Company C’s ColorSpree collection has the look of hand-hooked rugs, yet resist fading, staining, and mildew. Despite their workhorse ethics, these rugs make bold design statements no matter which side of the door you place them on. Here are the four winning attributes of polyester hooked and flat weave rugs that will make you fall in love, too.
- Location, LOCATION, L O C A T I O N. These rugs are perfectly suited for all your high-traffic areas, including kitchens, outdoor and casual dining areas, entryways, and playrooms. A runner on a covered porch is flawless! Our outdoor hooked and flat weaves take daily abuse, and still look great. Whether a spot clean with mild soapy water, or a complete hose down and air dry, these rugs keep up with your life. Flatweaves, unlike their hooked cousins, are reversible for extended wear.
- Signature Company C Design. From sophisticated damask patterns to jaunty flamingo motifs, Colorspree hand-hooked polypropylene rugs are available in a variety of colors and themes, and accent any style. Colorspree flatweaves, made from recycled plastic bottles, are either geometric or striped in their design to ensure they can be reversed….and that they complement each other without being too “matchy matchy”. All are a perfect addition to any casual lifestyle.
- Ideal in any climate. Colorspree hand-hooked and flatweave rugs have the look of wool without the heavy pile or shedding making them perfect for any part of the country. From ski boots to swim fins, these rugs stand up with style.
- Approachable pricing. Bold color and innovative design are the foundation of Company C. For many people, pets and kids have meant foregoing a statement rug until now! Great pricing, fantastic design, and the ease of care makes a polypropylene hooked or flatweave rug a great choice for your home and your life.
Need help visualizing your space? Try out our room planner to see which design and size would work best for your room.
Upholstered furniture is a major investment, so picking the perfect pieces to enhance your home (and your comfort!) takes some careful consideration. The following tips will help you find the pieces that are just right for you!
- Look for quality construction. The sofa of your dreams should last for years provided you look for the best construction within your budget. Avoid pieces that are simply nailed or glued together…they will not stand the test of time. Look for a kiln dried hard-wood frame, doweled and tied construction, or sinuous spring construction. Company C uses only sustainably sourced kiln dried hardwoods featuring double-doweled eight–way hand –tied construction. Sure, we have high standards for our design and construction, but this ensures we deliver the highest quality. One quick quality test is to lift the sofa about six inches off the ground. If both legs elevate off the floor evenly, you have a solidly built frame.
- Sitting pretty or spreading out? Determine how you will be using your sofa and chairs to initially consider the right size. A more formal setting may require only sitting space for guests, but if you are going to settle in and nap or read, look for a sofa that is at least 84 inches long and 40 inches deep. Consider cushion count as well. People avoid sitting in groups on a sofa if the cushion count does not match the number of individuals to be seated. If your perfect piece is over 7 feet long, elect three cushions. If 6 feet or less, look for a single bench cushion.
- Know your style personality when choosing fabric. Upholstered furniture is an investment, so be sure you pick an upholstery fabric that will serve you for years. Patterns are a great way to bring depth and texture into your living room, and we love to mix them at Company C for a custom and one-of-a kind look. If you are not especially daring, select a solid that works with your rug and wall color for a more monochromatic look. If you are somewhere in the middle, accent your solid-colored choice with nail heads and welting that contrast for added visual interest. No matter your style, remember decorative pillows can add the WOW and bring it all together.
- Pick the right place. A new sofa can transform your room on its own, or as a part of a complete re-design with other upholstered pieces. Positioning the sofa across from a fireplace may make a room feel narrow, while placing it against the farthest wall will welcome you and your guests into the space. Rather than spreading all your new seating out, create intimate seating areas for conversation, or group for easy TV viewing in a family room. Placement is a big consideration, so here is an easy way to prevent selecting the wrong size furniture, or worse….moving it multiple times to find the right home! Lay newspaper on the floor arranged to mirror the sofa’s dimensions. This will help you to visualize your perfect piece(s) to ensure you don’t select something to big or small before the heavy lifting begins.
Our room planner is also a great tool to use to help you visualize your space. You can select from pre-built room templates or build your own based on the dimensions of your room. Simply drag and drop the pieces of furniture into the space and then click on the products tab to select one of rugs to complete the look.
Nothing conjures the feeling of warm weather and ocean breezes quite like a room anchored in neutrals and blues. It’s a refreshing combination, and a tried and true design classic! For Spring, we have taken the traditional white and blue statement and given it some extra punch with teal and driftwood tones to accent our Passionflower rug’s over scaled bloom. We love the addition of chairs and pillows in varying patterns with a complimenting blue in common to pull the whole “perfectly mismatched” room together. It’s a great look…by land or by sea!
As we start to anticipate Spring’s arrival, many find their patience tested and themselves winter-weary at this point in the season. With a month until the vernal equinox, here are some easy and fun ways to enliven your home … and your spirit.
Let the light in. With moderating winter temperatures and increased daylight hours, open up the curtains and let the light back in. Natural light flooding a room feels warm and welcoming, and is an immediate mood elevator. With the days growing noticeably longer, get up a little early and greet the sun….increased exposure to natural light will get you through until daylight savings time begins on March 13.
Get the bright in. If you are thinking about paint and redecorating for spring, think vibrant. Bright colored walls and vivid upholstery fabrics lighten up a room, making the space feel more open because of the reflection of light. Mounting a mirror in darker room areas will take the reflection of light even further.
Invite your friends in. Having family and friends around is a sure cure for the winter blues. Plan a get together, and dig out all your light and bright summer table accessories. Pull out the tropical drink umbrellas, and serve something summery. Make plans for a summer trip or party together as a group, and the event will be here before you know it!
Bring the green in. Adding a growing living element to your space will do wonders for your spirit, and for the texture of your favorite room’s design composition. Be it the visual complexity of a fern, or the more orderly appearance of a myrtle topiary, plants add interest and fresh air wherever they are placed. And while you’re at it….force the issue. Cut sprigs of forsythia or crabapple from the yard and place them in a container with fresh water. If you get lucky, they will bloom. Worst case, they will simply leaf out and reaffirm your hope that spring really is knocking on the back door…..and it will be here soon!
Bringing Texture to Your Rooms
[teks-cher] : Texture defined is the visual (and especially tactile) quality of a surface. While color is important to innovative room design, texture plays an equally important role in creating spaces that are both personal and memorable. Texture’s importance to interior design elevates when rooms and their pieces are composed of neutral and like-toned monochromatic elements. Without texture, these rooms feel sterile and starved for visual depth. Surface qualities, while complex in design theory, can be distilled down to two basic thought processes which are easy to understand.
Smooth and Shiny Textures:
- Reflect light and feel cooler
- Make objects seem visually lighter
- Are more modern and sleek in appearance
Rough and Matte Textures:
- Absorb light and feel warm
- Gives an object more visual weight
- Are more casual and inviting in appearance
It’s easy to add texture and warmth to a space that feels visually empty. A woven throw and accent pillows in velvet (See our Larissa pillows in all the right colors) add welcome and visual dimension to a couch or chair. Embroidered detail and European linen create casually elegant texture in our Echo collection for the bed and windows. Bare wood floors are highly reflective, and given their smooth and uniform finish, often feel visually cold. The floor is a great place to anchor the room in texture. This season we have used bamboo-viscose in dressier rug designs, including our exciting Echo rug. The modern geometric design of this textural piece is punctuated by a high –to –low cut and loop pile of wool and bamboo viscose. The bamboo viscose brings shimmer and shine to the design……and takes the texture to another level!