5 Items You Need To Make Your Home A Sanctuary

After a hard day of work, let’s face it, with all the hectic lives we have, at the end of the day we need to retire in a sanctuary called home. Returning to a restful, calming, and cozy den, living room, bedroom, or an outside patio, would be so well-deserved. Make Your home a sanctuary a luxury that can be designed and laid out easily.

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5 ways to get the layered rug look

How to get the layered rug look

the layered rug look Customize your living space by layering rugs of contrasting patterns, colors, and textures. You can add richness  to your unique ensemble of furniture and decorative pieces while covering more empty space.  That beautiful rug that doesn’t cover nearly enough of the living room floor? It does not have to be a problem. Are you daunted by the task? Here are 5 ways to get the layered rug look.

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Get The Look Transitional Living Room in Gray

Get the look transitional living room in gray
Get the look of this transitional living room in gray is stylish and formal. The monochromatic and sometimes static gray color scheme has been transformed to a sophisticated one.  The combination of natural materials such as wood, metal and deep rich accent colors. Shimmering gold and silver add drama to the palette as well as interest, and texture. This color scheme is simple yet luxurious, creating an atmosphere that is comfortable and cozy.

This transitional living room has different shades of gray and some focal points. The black and white collection of photographs, transform the static nature of gray to a dynamic color.

Monochromatic color schemes can be tricky to pull together but keep in mind a few pointers like these.  Look for pieces that have texture, and pattern, don’t forget natural materials such as wood and stone.  These items do have colors and add an organic feel to the space. All other rules of design such as proportion and scale still apply so don’t forget the size of the furniture and accessories and your floor plan have to work.  How do you like monochromatic spaces? Let us know, we like hearing from you!

Combine accessories to get the look transitional living room in gray
Get the look transitional living room in gray
1.White Porcelain Artichoke by Lazy Susan
2.White Porcelain Acorn by Lazy Susan
3.Carmel Table Lamp
4.City of Rome
5.White Jack
6.Spirograph Mirror Stands
7.D.L.Rhein Greek Key Metallic Silver Embroidered Pillow
8.Silver Leaf Tray by Lazy Susan
9.D.L. Rhein Zig Zag Orchid Embroidered Pillow
10.Flora Side Table from Cyan
11.San Francisco Table from Cyan
12.D.L. Rhein Zig Zag Gray Embroidered Pillow
13.Stardust Area Rug by Jaipur

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you decorate your home at Carmel Decor.

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Design Trend: Summer Time Favorite Picks For The Home

Carmel Decor’s president, interior designer Firoozeh Khorrami,  picks’ some of her favorite trends of July 2014.

Our-picks-for-summer
1. Aquazzura cutout Sandal

2.Zara Collection women’s rhinestone necklace

3. Canoa cut away smock mini

4. Agua Collection Area Rug

5. Cloud and Sky Vase

6. Celadon Vase Set

7. Woven Black Natural Tonal Baskets

Firoozeh’s picks for the moment.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor and the newest in summer time home trends at Carmel Decor.

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How To Choose An Area Rug For The Living Room

Having an area rug in the living room transforms the space. It adds comfort and style and also creates a distinguished look.

When selecting a Living room area rug keep in mind a few factors like the layout of the furniture and their colors and also the traffic pattern. Apart from these, you should also consider your lifestyle and the general decor of the room.

Add style to your living room with an area rug

Selecting area rug for the living is not an easy task as a trip to the market would reveal. With so many choices in materials and shapes and designs, you are bound to get confused. However, if you can decide on the floor plan of the living room the task becomes simpler.


If the sofa is set against the wall, you need a big area rug that would cover the space in between and also fit under the front legs of the sofa and chairs.


On the other hand, if the sofa is set in the middle, you need a much larger rug to cover the living area.


Modern home decors use rugs in an innovative way. You may place several small rugs in the living room thus breaking the monotony of space and also adding pop of colors to the living room decor.


The area rug should gel with the color palette of the living room. If the sofa and the table are of solid colors, go for a patterned rug. The secondary color of the rug should coordinate with the color of the key furniture pieces like the sofa or drapes. Similarly, if your living room already showcases a lot of colors on the wall, drapery and the furniture, choose a neutral colored rug to achieve harmony.


There is a large selection of modern area rugs in animal prints available today that can make a living room look outstanding. A living room which has beige, coffee or brown as the dominating color, will look wonderful with a zebra printed area rug.

While choosing rugs, pay attention to the traffic the room receives. Wool and natural fibers like sisal, jute and sea grass add a soft touch to the decor. Rugs made from these materials are sturdy and can withstand heavy foot traffic.


Take a look at Loloi area rugs for your living room a beautiful choice considering their collection and variety. A handmade Oriental rug is perhaps what you are looking for in a living room area rug to make your home stand apart and make every guest appreciate your choice.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a stylish and comfortable living room at Carmel Decor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
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How To Select Area Rugs For A Girl’s Room

You want everything special for your little angel. Her rooms should be comfy enough for her to play and relax and reflect her personality and style also. Decorating kids’ spaces is not easy keeping in mind their needs. However, area rugs can brighten up rooms easily and make them cozy too. Area rugs for girl’s bedrooms should be chosen with care and keeping these tips in mind will help you to get the perfect one.

Why do you want a rug for your baby girl’s room?

There can be various reasons to have rugs in the girl’s bedrooms. You may want to cover the entire floor and give it a makeover or use a colorful rug as a focal point. You may also want to define kid’s spaces with area rugs. Depending on your purpose you have to get the right rug.

Infants and toddlers – get rugs in multiple colors

For your toddler girl, get something soft and cozy so that her bare feet get a warm touch first thing in the morning. Moreover, a comfy rug will allow her to sit and play with all her toys.

Rugs made of silk, wool or any other natural fiber will suit an infant’s room. Make sure the rug complements the color of the room. So, if the dominant color of the room is white or beige, go for colorful rugs in geometric shapes and designs. You can have fun rugs with your baby’s favorite cartoon characters too
Nowadays, you will find lots of rugs that are suitable for a girl’s nursery. Available in designs with butterflies and flowers and in pretty colors, they can accentuate any home décor and give it a soft touch.


Tweens rooms – get sturdy rugs

If your girl is in her tweens, you know she would want to decorate her room according to her taste. Moreover, with all her friends coming over for group studies and sleepovers and drama rehearsals, the rugs you place in her room need to be beautiful as well as durable.

So, rugs in silk, wool or nylon will perfectly fit your bill. Go for colors that will hide stains and may not need frequent washing. Your girl may have outgrown cartoons and in that case you may choose rugs in bright shades and patterns to suit her mood and style.

Teenage girl’s room – get rugs that suit her attitude

Your teenage girl would definitely have a say in the home décor. She would like her room to look cool. Always ask for her ideas when buying rugs for her room. She may like to have contemporary rugs in trendy designs for her room.

Whether it is the nursery or the room of a modern teenage girl, area rugs can be an interesting addition to the home décor and create statements that your girl would love to show to the entire world.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the room your daughter has been dreaming of at Carmel Décor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Modern Color Trends For The Home: Brown and Black

Using black and brown together in home decor may seem an odd choice but the clue lies in using the right shades and combining the colors aesthetically. Modern home design sees a lot of use of black and brown to create rich interiors that are warm and cozy and elegant.

Chocolate, cocoa or coffee, which brown do you like?

Brown is a versatile color. It can be gorgeous, warm or dull and when contrasted with the right color can look very vibrant too. So, choose your brown carefully keeping in mind the effect you want to create in your home decor.

Modern color trends involve using brown in a variety of shades. While taupe or red brown can be used for furniture, light tan suits the walls. For dramatic looks, nothing can match espresso or chocolate.
So with all these options of using brown, you know how creative you can get with your home decor.

How to balance brown and black


Use of color trends brown and black
calls for right balance. Too much of any of these colors can make your room look like a cave. You also run the chance of making the room appear small. The best way to use black and brown is mixing it with neutral shades.

White is a good option but it creates a stark contrast which you may not like. Beige or cream are subtle and yet brings out the best of brown and black when paired together.

Cream with its yellow undertone can make your rooms look warm. Use of pillow covers or sofa covers in brown, black and neutral shades will make your home look modern and elegant.

In fact, zebra designs are quite popular nowadays. You can get cushion covers and rugs in brown, black and cream combinations which look very chic. Have a few pieces in these colors and see how your room gets a modern look!


Brown and black works great as anchoring colors. Having a classic rocking chair in black or brown can help you to create a statement in home decor. You can coordinate it with tables and photo frames and rugs in different shades of brown and black.

Remember to use neutral shades on the walls or curtains to create harmony.

Pops of color for a modern look

One of the best characteristics of brown and black is that they can be combined with colors like green and blue in moderate amounts to make rooms look bright. In a room dominated by black and brown, you can place a flower vase in blue or green or even a small aquarium to add a touch of vibrancy. Even a single pillow cover in blue, yellow or green amidst brown-hued ones will make people appreciate your taste.

Use modern color scheme brown and black in different ways and see how contemporary your home looks.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the home you’ve been dreaming of at Carmel Decor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
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The World of Modern Area Rugs


If the bare floor makes your living room look boring, it is time to go for an area rug. Why only your living room? Your dining room or you bedroom could also do with a modern area rug that adds warmth and softness to the decor. An area rug is an interesting item that defines space and gives a finishing touch to your home decor. It can complement the color scheme of the room and also enhance the atmosphere.


Modern area rug – a great option to decorate a room
Today’s rugs are available in a wide range of materials – wool, cotton, jute, silk and even sisal and grass. A wool area rug is costly but a good investment as it can stand all the wear and tear and still retain its good looks for years. Not to mention the softness and warmth it exudes.


Jute and sisal rugs cost less but are difficult to clean. However, their casual style fit in very well with modern home decor and interesting designs and color schemes make them irresistible.

Buying an area rug – things that matter


An area rug unifies groups of furniture and can help in designating different zones in a room. The size of the rug plays a vital role as larger rugs make rooms look larger. So, when buying a modern area rug the first thing you should consider is the size.


In the living room consider placing the area rug in such a way so as the front legs of the seating pieces rest on it; making the living room feel larger.


While buying a decorative area rug, coordinate the color with the rest of the furnishings of the room.


Patterned rugs are a great option as they enhance the look of the room.

To achieve the best result, mix the patterns. If the furnishings are in floral prints, go for striped area rug. When choosing rugs with designs, make sure that the patterns of the rug and that of the furnishings are of different scale.

Modern area rugs are hot. You can buy a discount area rug that will suit your budget and fit your style. Take advantage of Carmel Decor’s clearance center that offers beautiful rugs at throwaway prices.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
Susan
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Styling The Patio With Outdoor Area Rugs


We love the indoor / outdoor rug, first introduced to the market as a way to style and add warmth to the drab outdoor room, it quickly found its way indoors.

In the past few years the indoor / outdoor rug has become more popular as more beautiful designs are introduced to the market.

We love indoor / outdoor rugs for their vibrant colors that don’t fade, rich texture and great price point.

They are made from durable polypropylene acrylic fibers that withstand high traffic areas, kid’s rooms, and play areas. They are stain resistant, can be cleaned with mild detergent and hosed down in the back yard; perfect for busy homes.

You can find indoor / outdoor rugs, throw pillows, throw blankets and much more at CarmelDecor.com

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