When I begin designing a space it’s usually from the floor up. It’s important to know what flooring is in place before I start choosing furniture, color schemes or décor accessories.
What’s Under foot
Designing a room from the floor up I look to see if there is wood flooring, tile/marble or wall to wall carpeting. In other words, if there are wood floors you will have a natural organic feeling and mood. Similarly, tile or marble are wonderful for warmer climate since they are cooler on your feet and easy cleaning. Finally, wall to wall carpeting is warming and perfect for bedrooms.
Colors, Colors and More Colors
Choosing the color scheme for a space there are a few options. For instance if the space is a new construction project and there are no existing hard finishes you could start fresh with any color scheme you like. In other words if I am working with wood flooring or tile that is existing. I’ll look at the tone in the flooring and pull theses colors out for a color scheme starting point.
The area rug below would compliment the tile above perfectly since it has the blues, grays and darker grays.
How does it feel on your feet
If you are choosing an area rug for your space. You must consider the feel on your bare feet. Therefore using a silk or wool rug would be the softest. For instance using a sisal rug is natural looking but can feel a little rough on your feet.
Designing a Sample Room from the Floor Up
Below is an example of designing from the floor up. Designing this concept board based on an area rug in wool to anchor the design and pull all the furniture selections together.
Below are a few of the selections from this concept board
Must haves for Designing from the Floor Up
In conclusion, its very important to use a rug pad under the area rugs. Above all this not only protects the flooring it protects the rugs too!