Trend: High Shine

Sequins were a big trend on the spring/summer 17 runways, but we took the trend a step further by rounding up some of our favourite high shine items from around the web.

For those of you looking to add a little more glam to your rooms, look no further than the luxury that metallics add. Shine, whether it is through sequins, silk, velvet, or metal, will brighten up any room (or outfit) and create a rich feeling.

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6 Tips for Layering Rugs

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As if finding one rug wasn’t complicated enough, the trend of layering rugs has been popping up everywhere lately! This look can create an interesting visual effect. To assist you in your search, we put together 6 tips to consider.

1. Contrast Size

If there is a rug you love, but it is a little too small, add a larger rug underneath. You could also use a smaller rug to highlight and define areas of the room. Make sure to leave about a foot boarder on all sides to allow the carpets some space. You can also use a runner on top of a rug for a fun update.

2. Contrast Shape

Play with a round or irregular shape carpets on top of rectangular carpets to create an interesting visual, or turn one of the carpets on a 45-degree angle. By slightly overlapping two odd shaped rugs, you can create a more traditional shape, and fill a wider area.

3. Contrast Colour

If you are going to pick two patterns to layer, make sure they are similar styles and colours. Have the bottom rug match more closely to your furniture, and the top rug contrast to allow the room a little break. By choosing rugs from the same weaving house, the rugs will likely have similar construction and dyes, meaning they will look like they go together better.

You can also look at layering a coloured rug on top of a more neutral rug. This may be easier to match and look less busy.

4. Play with Texture

If you are into the shag rugs or hides, look at layering one on top of a flat weave or shaved carpet. It will add some playfulness in the room if you are looking to keep the carpets in the same tones. Make sure to use the flatter carpet on the bottom, to avoid bumps and rippling in your top carpet.

5. Keep it Cohesive

As with your décor, make sure both carpets match the feel of the rest of your room. By pulling in colours or tones from other areas of your décor, the rugs will fill the space nicely and not look too busy.

6. Don’t be afraid!

Layering rugs is a trend that has been popping up all over for the past little while. If you’re going to tackle this trend, look for help. There are many very talented interior designers in Toronto. When doing your shopping, bring us pictures of the room and fabric samples. This will help us know what you are working with and streamline the entire process.

How to Choose a Kitchen Rug

Kitchens are an essential part of any residence. They are used frequently and can be where your family comes to gather around the day for meals, snacks, and catching up. You spend time cooking, cleaning and prepping for meals, and can spend quite a bit of time on your feet.

By adding a carpet in your kitchen, you can do many things. Adding a carpet can add warmth and coziness to the space, and break up a room that is usually full of hard angles, for your floors, counters, cupboards, and appliances. Changing up your rug can also be a great way to freshen up the room without undergoing kitchen renovations.

Of course, it is always important to understand the size of the room you are working with. Runners work in a small area between your sink and your kitchen island, and you can always choose a small matt if you want to just have something to keep your feet warm in front of the sink and stove. If you plan to fill your whole kitchen, we recommend that you keep about a foot and a half border on all sides of the rugs, so that you can see a little of the floor.

The colour is always important when choosing a rug. You add character to a space that might otherwise be quite bland, or keep with a monochromatic, uniform theme. You want to make sure you work with the rest of your décor to achieve an overall feel. If you cannot decide how you want the rug to fit in with the rest of the room, go to this blog post (here) and follow the steps.

A low pile height usually works best around doors that swing open, and stand up well to high traffic. A high pile rug works well for adding extra comfort and warmth. A high traffic area calls for something durable. Because there is nothing more durable than natural fibers, they are a good place to start. Wool, or something with a high wool percentage, is probably the best option.

Like all carpets, we recommend that if you need cleaning, you leave it to the professionals. Chemicals used in most cleaners can cause the fibres of the rug to slowly break down over a number of years, and can cause damage to the carpet and its colours further down the road. If you are looking to have your carpet cleaned, feel free to call us at 416-929-9290, and we can have it cleaned for you by one of the professionals in our network.

There is always safety to consider when choosing any product for your home. W Studio always carries underpads for rugs, which are important so your carpet doesn’t slip around. This can be a great way to avoid any possible injuries. Wool is also flame resistant, but it is always important to make sure your home is equipped with the proper safety measures.

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Bold or Safe? How to choose a rug that fits your style

As sprig is a time for renovations, you may find yourself looking for a new rug. Or you may just be spring cleaning and decide it is time to switch up your space. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new rug is what you want it to accomplish for the room. Your rug is usually on of the largest pieces of décor, so it has a pretty big impact on your room. We are here to walk you through choosing a piece accomplishes what you want and ties your space together.

The first thing that you have to consider is weather you want the carpet to be the focal point of your room or the backdrop. Weather you want to play it safe or go bold, take into account the other pieces in your room; the texture, colours, size, and weather or not there are any patterns to be aware of.

Now, once you have decided which direction you want to go with your carpet you have to consider how both the pattern and colour will go with the room. If you are looking to go bold with the carpet, choose a stand out colour or a bold pattern. If you are looking to play it safe with your carpet, go with a neutral colour, or choose a smaller scale pattern.

The next thing to keep in mind is the texture. If your room is full of glass and metal, you can use wool or a shag to go bold, but use silk or bamboo to create a safe look. Oh the other hand, if your room is filled with fairly matte textures, use silk to create a contrast and wool to play it safe. Playing around with the percentages of wool and silk can also create a difference in the outcome of the room as a whole and the price of the carpet.

No matter what look you are going for, the scale of the carpet is important to keep the room looking balanced. If you have high ceilings and a large room, going with a smaller carpet or pattern can make the carpet look out of place, or make it look like the space isn’t properly filled. If your room is on the smaller side, having a large patter or carpet could overwhelm the other elements of the décor.

No matter what the look you are going for, we are here to help. If you know what you are looking for send us your wish list and we will hand, select a number of options for you to view. If you don’t know where to start, call us or book an appointment to see us at the studio or have us do a complimentary house visit. If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we can source it or have it custom made for your space.

Follow this quiz below to see our recommendations on what you should look for!

 

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David & Piece Nº 22755

A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, David by the Italian artist Michelangelo was created between 1501 and 1504. We matched our magnificent piece Nº 22755 with David to compliment the beauty of work done by master craftsmen.

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W Shakespeare

At W STUDIO we believe that each and every carpet in our vast collection has its own personality. With that in mind, we challenged ourselves to create a series of book cover designs for a collection of Shakespeare titles. Using carpet textures and designs as the main ingredient, this is what we came up with: (do you think these designs capture the essence of the plays?)

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Venus de Milo & Piece Nº 24915

Venus de Milo is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture estimated to be created between 130 to 100 BC and is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Piece Nº 24915 and Venus, a beautiful pair.

 
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