Rugs & Fabrics – How To Mix, Match & Decorate

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Before you start your next decorating project, create a color scheme to guide you in your choices, from furniture to accessories to wall paint. It’s the best way to ensure a cohesive space that conveys the look and feel you want.

First, you’ll need to pick an inspiration piece – something you absolutely love – to help you pull together a palette. It could be a piece of fabric, a rug or a vase in your favorite color. Some designers use places or pull from nature to spark their inspiration. Find what moves you and sets the mood you want.

To show you how to pick the perfect palette, we paired our most popular rugs with our favorite fabric combinations. Imagine using these swatches in your own home as curtains, throw pillows or upholstery. Or, match the color to accessories or wall paint.

Perfect Pairings

Chocolate Delight

Can’t find your inspiration piece? Find a fabulous fabric with all the colors you love. We created the look you see here simply by pulling colors from one of our favorite patterned fabrics, Palomar Black. Every palette needs neutrals for balance – ours are a combination of twills.

RUG 1. LePoeme Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Chocolate

FABRICS 2. Palomar Black, 3. Small Black Check , 4. Khaki Twill, 5. Off White Twill

 

Seascape Neutrals

We selected a soothing spa blue to lay the groundwork for this crisp and airy color scheme. The rug’s Persian motif and the paisley fabric introduce patterns in similar colors that meld together rather than compete. We incorporated shades of taupe to warm things up ever so slightly.

RUG 1. Satari Rug in Blue

FABRICS 2. Imogene Blue, 3. Small Check Toffee, 4. Mineral Linen, 5. Zebra Woven

 

 

Sophisticated Gray

Your style preferences will influence your palette and how the colors work together. The traditional pattern of the rug is secondary to the color, especially when paired with the contemporary Ikat and geometric patterns in equally sophisticated shades. Again, lighter neutrals balance out the heavier colors.

RUG 1. Monterey Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Gray

FABRICS 2. Malabar Gray, 3. Natural Linen, 4. Laguna Khaki, 5. Sand Twill

 

Traditional Neutrals

Many designers prefer to keep larger items, such as the sofa or rug, a neutral tone and use accents to add in color. The soft, tonal patterns of the Catherine Rug let you do just that. For a totally neutral palette, use texture to add interest, as we did here with the quilted and linen fabrics.

RUG 1. Catherine Rug

FABRICS 2. Natural Danish Linen, 3. Off White Quilted, 4. Etiene, 5. Salisbury, 6. Natural Linen

Bold and Beautiful

Color adds warmth and reveals your personality. Here, the saturated tones of indigo, brick and yellow are the stars. Play it safe with solid colors, but don’t be afraid to mix and match with bold patterns when you’re ready to kick up the color quotient.

RUG 1. Josslyn Rug

FABRICS 2. Ashford Paisley, 3. Wheat Fleur de Lis, 4. Moroccan Stripe, 5. Butter Twill, 6. Indigo Twill

 

Mediterranean Warmth

We can imagine a rustic earthenware jug serving as the inspiration piece for this color scheme. Warm earth tones bring instant energy to any abode. Mix greens, golds and reds and anchor with khaki for a fresh yet classic look.

RUG 1. Tahira Rug in Tan

FABRICS 2. Tuscan Vine Easy Care, 3. Linen Sage, 4. Small Check Sage, 5. Moroccan Stripe, 6. Crimson Twill, 7. Khaki Twill

Natural Neutrals

Create a neutral palette that’s anything but boring when you mix in lots of natural texture and interesting patterns. An oatmeal-colored sisal rug serves as the foundation while soft quilted cotton and patterns in muted hues create an incredibly calming flow.

RUG 1. Trellis Rug

FABRICS 2. Malabar Sand, 3. Laguna Khaki, 4. Caramel Twill, 5. Zebra Woven, 6. Off White Quilted

 

More Tips for Successful Coordinating

  • Use a neutral texture or solid color for large upholstered pieces to anchor your room
  • Accent with the larger print – mixing and matching pillows, tablecloths and small accent pieces
  • Smaller prints work well on accent upholstery or on drapery panels, tablecloths and lampshades
  • Try to pull together different prints, solids and textures – it makes the room visually interesting
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment – start off small by adding a bit of an accent color
  • When in doubt about how much color to use, follow the 60-30-10 rule:

Devote 60% of your color to the sofa and walls; 30% can be drapery panels; tablecloths, occasional furniture i.e. (accent chair); and save 10% for pillows, throws, lamp shades and accessories. Always order swatches of the fabric and rug so you can visualize it in your own environment. Please remember that each computer monitor’s color may not represent the actual colors of the fabrics or rugs – so make sure you order sample swatches!

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Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.

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  1. Reply

    Carolyn Williams

    April 22, 2017

    Need idea for room with white walls dark brown leather sectional dRk brown laminate foor and large persian rug with browns greens reds and beige what kind of curtains and wall decor

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      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      Carolyn,
      We would love to help you with decorating this room! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send in your question and a picture of your room here, and a designer will contact you with a design plan!

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    Gina Lizarralde

    July 5, 2016

    Hi, I’m planning to re-upholster my formal dining room chairs seat pad and add curtain on the bay window.

    Please I need desperate help me pick a new chair pads color and curtain that will match my formal dining room rug that has black and gold rug, beige and red wall.

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    annie medina

    September 10, 2015

    I have a large square red n white area rug, what colors of furniture can i use.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 11, 2015

      Hi Annie,
      We’d be happy to help you coordinate some furniture pieces with your rug. Simply complete this form, and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Susana

    June 18, 2015

    Hi,

    We bought a leather sofa and love seat at macys which has Perl color for my family room. I would like to get a suggestion for rug color and pattern for the are rug.
    My family room attched to dining area and kitchen. Kitchen had maple wood color cabinets and also we have hardwood floor. Please refer the link for the kitchen cabinets and hardwood floor color(https://www.skgroupind.com/how-to-choose-the-best-hardwood-floor-colors/hardwood-floor-color/)

    Please suggest rung color and pattern for the area rug.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi Susana,
      We would love to help you choose some rug options for your family room. Simply complete this form (don’t forget to include photos and measurements!), and our design team will contact you with a plan and next steps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Deborah

    February 25, 2015

    Hello! I am the happy owner of the Moroccan trellis rug in light blue (I have a dark brown leather sofa). I live in a studio and need a rug for my foyer. Since I am in a studio, there is only a few feet between the 2 rugs. Any suggestions on what might go with the trellis rug?
    Thank you

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 27, 2015

      Hi Deborah,
      We would love to help you pick out a rug to complement the Moroccan Trellis rug. We actually offer a free service where our Design Solutions team will help you come up with a plan for your home. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you.
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    JESSIE

    February 20, 2015

    I HAVE GREY CHEVRON CURTAINS FOR MY LIVING ROOM. WHITE AND GREY. THE FURNITURE WILL BE A LIGHTER/DARKER SHADE OF GREY. AND I WANT A YELLOW RUG AND PILLOWS. DO I NEED A PLAIN YELLOW RUG OR ONE WITH A DESIGN??

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 27, 2015

      Hi Jessie,
      We would love to help you pick out a rug for your space. We actually offer a free service where our Design Solutions team will help you come up with a plan for your home. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you.
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Laurie Tillett

    February 6, 2015

    I would love to get some advice on what kind of bedding I should look for to go with a fabulous Persian tribal rug we bought for our guest room. The primary colors in the rug are a dark brown, a rosey/peachy red, some wedgewoody blue, some tan and some cream….its more geometric than floral. The furniture in the room is midcentury modern…actually the West Elm MCM bed, nightstand and dresser in Acorn. Paint on walls (non-negotiable unless someone willing to pay for my divorce…haha) is BM Edgecomb Gray. Art in room is art….stuff we have collected over the years….a mishmash but all mish we love. Any suggestions? I’d be willing to pay for a consult if the cost is reasonable.
    Thanks so very much,
    Laurie Tillett
    Mount Dora, FL

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 6, 2015

      Hi Laurie,
      We would love to help you pick some bedding for your bedroom. We actually have a design team that can create a detailed plan for you! It’s a free service where our designers will examine your space, and give you suggestions for pulling together a look. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you! And be sure to upload photos and include as many details (measurements, colors, etc.) as you can so we can offer you a thorough plan and solution!
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Cheryl

    February 3, 2015

    I am trying to do something different in my living room. It is connected to my dining area that has a Turquoise china hutch, so I have always had that color in my living room as well. My kitchen is red, mustard, and turquoise so I feel like my living room needs that same color scheme. I bought an aqua and cream geometric shape curtain and a pillow with the same pattern. I also have a gold/cream design pillow with it, and a solid red small rectangle pillow. I am stuck on mixing the designs. I have three different colors going on, but I don’t feel like I have anything tying them together. I have debated about taking a color out. I have a gold rug under the coffee table, but thought maybe that was too much. I can send a picture if that helps. I just didn’t know how to coordinate rug, pillows, and curtains to look more cohesive. Any suggestions!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 6, 2015

      Hi Cheryl,
      We would love to help you with your living room. We actually have a design team that can create a detailed plan for you! It’s a free service where our designers will examine your space, and give you suggestions for pulling together a look. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you! And be sure to upload photos and include as much detail (measurements, colors, etc.) as you can so we can offer you a thorough plan and solution!
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Deborah

    January 2, 2015

    Any suggestions on a coordinating rug for the dining room that works with the Catherine rug in our foyer? Very open floor plan so 2 rugs are both visible upon entering home or from any of the living areas

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Deborah,
      We have a couple ideas of rugs that might coordinate. Our initial thought is that a natural fiber rug would be fantastic paired with the Catherine Rug! The natural color of a jute, seagrass, or sisal rug will look fantastic with the taupes and browns in the Catherine. Another option would be our Sofia Rug, which again has many of the same hues but has beautiful sheen to the weave that will give your dining room a more formal look.
      Best of Luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Sandra Palumbo

    December 31, 2014

    I love the accent I just purchased from Ballard. I was hoping you can give me some ideas regarding chair fabric before I purchase something else. My walls are beige,my sofa is beige and my area rug is navy,burgundy and beige print. (similiar to paisley pattern) My question is can I use a printed or striped fabric for new chairs or should I go with solid navy or burgundy fabric?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 15, 2015

      Hi Sandra,
      This is a great question! We know it can be tricky to pair patterns together. Since your rug sounds like it has a bold print, we might suggest picking a fabric for your chairs that has a smaller pattern. A small stripe like a ticking stripe like you suggested would go nicely. You could also try something like our Milina Gold Fabric which is a classic pattern but on a smaller scale. If you’re still nervous, you could also try a solid with a bit of a texture to it. Our Talbot Gray Fabric is really lovely in person and has a weave with lots of colors in it, making it a great neutral, but with a little more interest than a plain solid!
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Mona

    November 18, 2014

    I have a new chair I need help finding the right rug for. I can send you a picture,but its a paisley chair.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 21, 2014

      Hi Mona,
      We would love to help you choose the right rug to match your chair! We actually have a design team that can help you make design decisions in your home. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers! Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will create a design plan for your space. We look forward to helping you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Vickie

    August 23, 2014

    Recently purchased your denley 6-light pendant/chandelier for our foyer (12 ft. ceiling)…Also the oatmeal linen parsons chairs recently offered. Now, the problem. we have mostly casual traditional style, but dealing with a 50+ year old oval dining room table with upholstered seat chairs. Want to make the room less formal and would appreciate fabric ideas for chair seats, window panels and chandelier that would work well with the Denley. Thinking about buying the natural oatmeal linen (10 oz) fabric to have panels made…(.84′ is short and 96″ longer than I can use) Have open concept floor plan and can see great room, foyer and dining area at same time. Walls are builders creamy beige with exception of kitchen and breakfast area SW softened green. I do have some caramel and other green colors being used. Thanks!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 28, 2014

      Hi Vickie,

      Thanks for your comment. We actually do have a free service for our customers called Design Solutions where offer problem solving and design plans. It’s a free service which you can take advantage of by either visiting one of our stores, or submit your questions online by completing this form. Just let us know what kind of help you need, send us some pictures of your space, and our Design Solutions team will create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Vickie

    August 23, 2014

    Recently purchased your denley 6-light pendant/chandelier for our foyer (12 ft. ceiling)uld…Also the oatmeal linen parsons chairs recently offered. Now, the problem. we have mostly casual traditional style, but dealing with a 50+ year old oval dining room table with upholstered seat chairs. Want to make the room less formal and would appreciate fabric ideas for chair seats, window panels and chandelier that would work well with the Denley.= Thinking about buying the natural oatmeal linen (10 oz) fabric to have panels made….84′ is short and 96″ longer than I can use) Have open concept florr plan and can see great room, foyer and dining area at same time. Walls are builders creamy beige with exception of one kitchen and breakfast area SW softened green. I do have some caramel and other green colors being used. Thanks!

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    Sandy

    March 29, 2014

    I have a grey couch and luv seat with circle grey and burgundy pillows with matching accent chair, I have lime green accents in the room also .. What type of area rugs should I get…solid ,print, and what color? I’m stuck could use a lil input. Thank, Sandy R

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Sandy,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    yae min

    October 30, 2013

    SO beautiful! Thank you for sharing!” Thank YOU! My new favorite rug- I could stare at it all day

    long! 😉

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    Mary

    November 19, 2011

    I love all of the suggestions from Ballard! I’m in the middle of redoing my dining room. I’m going for a modern traditional style. Just painted the walls Sherwin Williams Sand Beach to brighten and lighten my east facing dining rm. I’m planning on ordering 2 parsons chairs in Ophelia Gray for each end of the Chianni Table in black. I need help with choosing a rug and coordinating fabric for the upholstered dining room seats. Plan on ordering black wooden chairs with fabric seats. Also, this room is directly across the foyer from my oak paneled library which is next on the list. Do I go with the same colors or change it up a bit? Could you please suggest a color palette that would compliment the dining room? Thank you so much for your help!

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    Samar

    June 4, 2011

    Thank you. that was so helpful 🙂
    another question:For a mix of country and modern style theme for my living room in mind.(I’ve been alot on the net lately for ideas)I saw an article that indicates to decide on an ‘anchor’ fabric that has 3 or more colors.
    – To Use the background color from the fabric as a wall color.
    – ToPick a mid-toned color from the fabric for flooring and large furniture pieces, which could be a solid or patterned design. Upholstery can also be done in the anchor fabric or coordinating fabric.
    -To Use the brightest colors from the fabric for accessories and accents like welting, picture mats, and decorative pillows.
    – To Place the anchor fabric in at least three places in the room (upholstery, pillows, curtains,etc..
    So am thinking neutrals with not so bright colors as accents. what do u think?
    plus my dinning room is open to the livimg room,(dining and living area are relatively big) should i Stick to same colors for walls and furniture.
    My Floor is botticino light Beige marbel.(I regret for not prior coordinating furniture colors with floors)!
    Thank you for the really fast answers.

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      Ballard Designs

      June 4, 2011

      Dear Samar: We are happy to see that you are researching your options for fabric. Rooms that are well thought out look great! In design, rules can always be broken – but what your quotes are sound basic rules to follow. We think you are right on target working with neutrals and adding brighter accents – yet keeping things toned down – not too extreme. Buy the things you love and you will never go wrong! Thank you for sharing the advice.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Samar

    June 3, 2011

    Bought new apartment. I wanted country style kitchen.I have already installed white cabinets(but not bright white.a bit creamy to white.)for a modern touch will buy industrial color kitchen appliances.have medium grey color for the flooring.I Love the rustic look so am thinking colorful backsplash.maybe 10×10 mosaics or vinyl wallpaper(less expensive).was wondering about a black granite for countertop or do i stick to same cabinets color and choose white laminate?Also what do u think about wallpaper as backsplah? Thanks .

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      Ballard Designs

      June 3, 2011

      Samar: sounds like you have a wonderful kitchen in the making. One rule of thumb to follow is “things that can’t be changed easily – keep them basic”. Backsplashes and countertops fall under this rule. We think the black granite countertop is a good investment. It will give you the ability to add color on the walls and add color throughl accessories. As far as the backsplash, have you thought about subway tiles? They look great and have been around for years so they don’t look dated. Mosaics are another good choice, just try and keep them in the neutral tones you are working with. You can always add wallpaper for a splash of color.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Michelle

    May 27, 2011

    WOW! This is great. Keep these fabric and rug combinations coming. It is a huge help.

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    Laura

    April 6, 2011

    I have a brown leather sofa, dark brown coffee table and brown tiger print chairs. The walls are light beige.
    What kind of rug would work best?

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    Kim

    March 24, 2011

    Thank you for the tips, they are very helpful.

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    nicole

    March 6, 2011

    Hi! I have decided to use Ben Moores color of the year in our large,open living room space. We will be starting from scratch with our decor and furniture. Will you suggest sofa,accent chairs,pillow colors,etc.,please.The Ben Moore colors we plan to go with are called Vintage Wine and Wasabi in the den. And Vintage Wine and Etrusan in the livingroom:) Thanks in advance for all your much needed help!

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    Eleen ruane

    February 24, 2011

    I am so happy to have opened this email, for I too love the suggestions you have given us. Thank you

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    Ballard Designs

    February 23, 2011

    Marsha: We love the Mineral Linen for the Duvet, Imogene Blue for Pillow Shams, and Bedskirt and window panels, and cover the chair in woven zebra. You can add some pillows in Mineral, Small Toffee Check and Woven Zebra! We just love this combination!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 23, 2011

    Kellli:Thank you for your recent comments. We have chosen some fabrics that we love with the green Savannah Rug: Small Black Check, Small Check Sage, Spa Linen and Burlap. We also came up with some indoor/outdoor fabrics that will go with the rug: Sanabel Floral, Sunbrella Green and Arden Black. Hope this helps!
    Happy Decorating!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Marsha Lee

    February 23, 2011

    All of the sample groups are beautiful. I especially like the Seascape Neutrals. If using these for a guest bedroom, which fabrics would you suggest using for the duvet cover, bedskirt, window treatment and upholstered chair? What wall color would be best?

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    Cara

    February 21, 2011

    This is a very helpful tool. Would you be able to match up fabrics for the lighter colored Turkestan rug that Ballard sells?

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    Kelli Majors

    February 20, 2011

    I have the Green Savannah Rug in my Kitchen. What accent colors and fabrics would look good with this rug? The color on the walls is a Gold/Beige.

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Sondra: As with any of our rugs or fabrics, we encourage everyone to send for swatches so that you can view the true colors in your home. We are so glad that you like the article – we are planning another similar one for outdoor fabrics and rugs in the upcoming months.
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Traci: Here are a few suggestions for fabics in your new kitchen – Small Check Sage, Domino Green, Butter Yellow Twill, Lynwood Toile, Petite Fleur De Lis Red. Our Rug selection if the French Rooster Rug in red for a great cottage feel.
    Sincerely,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Julie: We were unable to locate the B.M.“Fired Brick” color, but we do think we have some combinations of fabrics that will work for you. Our choices are Moroccan Stripe, Ashford Paisley, Desert Chenille, Bee Royal and of course Burlap!
    Happy Decorating,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Susan: The Alexander Rug works well with any of the fabrics in the Chocolate Delight collage. In addition you could use Laguna Khaki, Taupe Velvet and Black Linen Stripe fabrics. For lamp shades take a look at our Seagrass, Natural Burlap, Ivory Burlap and Black Silk. This is a neutral palette so you should love the results!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Courtney: Without seeing the colors it can be difficult to match what you have, but we think we have a suggestion for fabrics that work with the color combination you gave us. Try Celery and Butter Twill, Small Check Sage, Augustine Amber or Tuscan Vine, Callisto Stripe Green and add some burlap! As always, we recommend that you order swatches so you can view them at home.
    Happy Decorating!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Betty: There are a few leopard rugs, but all are in the neutral family and the Chocolate Delight is all about neutrals. So, yes – we think the Leopard Rug would look fabulous with the Chocolate Delight Collage – we are so glad that you are thinking out of the box. Way to go Betty!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Beverleigh Askin

    February 18, 2011

    Love it all !!! This is like taking a design class. Your suggestions to Jacque are very good “pops”. You really do read the comments.

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    Jerri Ann Smith

    February 18, 2011

    This is so timely, I need this. My husband and I are buying a second home in the mountains and I am totally stumped on what to do with it. The tile and wall color is based on pink and I’m a greige girl. What to do? The Bold color combo looks like it will work best with the tile and woods in the house. Now I just need to figure out what to do with with paint color on the wall.

    I know what a great problem to have.

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    Ballard Designs

    February 18, 2011

    Dear Jacque: We love the neutral palette too! We chose the wall color of Spice Gold (1040) from Benjamin Moore to go with the neutral shades. It is a gold with grey undertones. We think your idea of a nautical flair would look terrific – try adding some “pops” of navy and some natural burlap and rope to complete your look!
    Happy Decorating,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Janelle Allspach

    February 18, 2011

    Thank you for sharing the Sophisticated Grey Palette. I recently bought a dark grey quilt for my bed, which tends to dominate the room, and stumped me as far as further color choices. Now I see that the grey pairs beautifully with the neutral for a soothing palette, that needs no competitive color. Simple and Beautiful. Thank you.

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    Sondra

    February 18, 2011

    I would like the colors in the rugs to be specified; e.g., the Catherine looks different on my computer in this email as compared to when I look at it on the website. Otherwise, these fabric and rug combinations are very helpful.

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    betty

    February 18, 2011

    Would the leopard rug go with your Chocolate Delight selection mentioned above? ..

  41. Reply

    Shani

    February 18, 2011

    Great tips here!!! Thanks for sending!!

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    Courtney

    February 17, 2011

    I feel Ballard always showcases dark or neutral colors and I can’t help but loving brighter, cheerier stuff. Can you help me coordinate a look for my living room, which needs everything, but already has pale yellow/butter walls and a solid pale green rug.

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    Cecilia cilli

    February 17, 2011

    This is a good tool. Keep it up these kinds of articles are very helpful. Thank you – you have made a fan of me.

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    Susan Srite

    February 17, 2011

    This “perfect pairings” page is a terrific tool. How about some fabric suggestions, lamp shades suggestions, etc. for the Alexander rug? Thanks!

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    Julie Kelly

    February 17, 2011

    Some great ideas shown here! I have little ones and recently purchased the Turin indoor/outdoor 5×8 and runner in Tan for our kitchen. It made sense because they are highly durable, do not fade and very easy to clean! Anybody out there have some great Ballard fabric ideas that would pair well with these rugs? Our kitchen and breakfast nook are painted “Fired Brick” Benjamin Moore. Thanks in advance for anyone’s ideas and help.

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    Traci

    February 17, 2011

    Love the color combos shown, but was wondering if you have any ideas for something in the cottage style using butter yellow,green and reds. Renovating our kitchen with creamy white cabinets/black granite/farmhouse sink and planning on decorating small sitting area with 2 club chairs/ottoman and area rug. You always have great ideas!

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    Ebe

    February 17, 2011

    Omg! I love them all. Great inspirations. I’m ready to start decorating. Thank you Ballard. Keep them coming.

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    Jacque

    February 17, 2011

    I want to refresh my interior family room (adjacent to kitchen) with the natural neutrals. What suggestion can you give me for a wall color? The kitchen cabinets are white as are the subway tiles. I love a nautical look. Thank you.

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    Joy Naquin

    February 17, 2011

    I am so disappointed that I have ordered rug swatches several weeks ago and they are on back order and will not be available until after the end of your rug sale on 2-28-11. My samples were suppose to be available on 2-21-11 but now will not be shipped until later in March. I am sad.

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    Katie

    February 17, 2011

    This is a helpful tool. Great idea! I am a fan of the sophisticated gray pallet.

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    Erin

    February 17, 2011

    I love these tips! I always find things I love, but struggle to coordinate with other pieces.

    This is great!

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    Lin

    February 17, 2011

    What a great feature..love all the inspiration especially the black/white and cream ideas..keep it going please..thanks

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    Andrea

    February 17, 2011

    I have always felt like I could use extra help with coordinating items together from your website. The addition of the Style Studio is a great idea to help with that! love it!

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    Pat

    February 17, 2011

    I’ve been thinking about purchasing the Allover Heirloom area rug in chocolate for our den in our FL apartment. The apartment has a bit of Key West style to it.

    The floor is white tile, the furniture is dark wood (there aren’t many pieces in the den at this point, dark beige/khaki painted walls and a large artificial palm tree in the corner of the room. (Ballard’s Muse and Palmae giclee prints are in view in the hallway. They are beautiful!!)

    The den is bright and sunny — large window shuttered in white. Do you think the chocolate Heirloom rug will work in this area??

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    Linda

    February 17, 2011

    Great tips. I am working through refreshing my master suite, and these directions on how to go about this make so much sense. I love color, and this helps me with that fine balancing act. The adjacent bath is peach, and I’ve promised green (which one?!) to my husband for the main bedroom. – I think I will pick out a great rug or quilt first!

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    Susan Hale

    February 17, 2011

    Outstanding. I agree with Annie. I love so many of your fabrics that I have a difficult time selecting. By seeing these color selection samples I can visualize what would work well in my own home. I love Ballards anyway – good thing I don’t work there as I’d never bring home a paycheck!

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    Sandra Eve

    February 17, 2011

    thank you for these helpful suggestions; I plan to study them in more detail later today. I am in process of trying to find an area rug for our family room. Would it be possible to send you swatches of fabrics (recently covered sofas and love seat) and ask some questions or hear your suggestions ? Or should I go the usual route of asking for your swatches of rugs which I think would ‘go’? I have looked in every magazine you send me for some time- just need to make a decision soon!
    Thanks so much!
    Sandy Eve

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    Tricia ~The Purple Painted Lady

    February 17, 2011

    I love Ballard Designs! And I love this whole “mix & match” page.

    Can you do a moodboard with your Turin rug and also a leopard print rug?

    Thanks!!!!!

    ps Did I mention that I LOVE BALLARD DESIGNS. Great STUFF, creative design, affordable prices! PLEASE keep up the great work and you will have a customer for life!

    Tricia- Muralist in Upstate NY
    http://www.ThePurplePaintedLady.com

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    cindy

    February 17, 2011

    I would love to see how you match up patterns and colors for a rug like the Vashti. I have a similar rug with chocolate leather furniture with nail heads and am stumped…help.

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    Ballard Designs

    February 11, 2011

    Cheryl: Wall paint choices depend on the amount of light in the room, what kind of feeling you want, etc. But we do think matching one of the fabric swatches at your paint store works really well. For the Chocolate delight collage try matching Khaki Twill for the walls and Off White Twill for the trim. For the Traditional Neutrals you can match our Salisbury fabric or the Neutral Linen fabric for the walls and the Off White Quilt for the trim. Matching one of the fabrics is a sure fire way of making everything work!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Cheryl

    February 11, 2011

    I love the selections under Traditional Neutrals and Chocolate delight but what wall color would look best with each? I typically go with Ben Moore paint… any suggestions?

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    annie

    February 10, 2011

    I love this! These combinations are gorgeous…and so helpful to those who simply don’t know where to begin when decorating! Style Studio ROCKS!

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