Sandra Asdourian Interiors Wood Floors

Designing from the Floor Up

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.

Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL. Designing from the Floor up. Wood flooring in living Room. Photo by Jose Soriano on Unsplash
Wood floor has a natural organic feeling and mood.

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.

Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL. Designing from the floor up with Tile floors in a color pattern
Tile floors with color pattern

The area rug below would compliment the tile above perfectly since it has the blues, grays and darker grays.

 Turquoise Over-dyed Turkish Vintage Rug

Turquoise Over-dyed Turkish Vintage Rug

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.


Photo by Dan Gold
Sandra Asdourian Interiors Designing from the floor up
 Turkish Vintage Rug  contemporary look with a vintage appeal

Turkish Vintage Rug contemporary look with a vintage appeal

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.

Sandra Asdourian Interiors designing from the floor up, concept board.
“Into the Night” Concept Board

Below are a few of the selections from this concept board by Kilim Rugs

area rug

Beige, Brown New Turkish Kilim Rug
Kilim Pillow Cover

Kilim Pillow Cover

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!

Mohawk Home Dual Surface Felt and Latex Non Slip Rug Pad, Safe for Hardwood Floors and All Surfaces

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