When the color experts at Pantone revealed that their 2018 Color of the Year would be Ultra Violet, a “dramatic,” “provocative” and somewhat abrasive shade of purple, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But here we are, a third of the way through the year of the dog, and, arguably, we’ve seen some wins. There were these velvet beauties. And this wild wallpaper by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West that we featured in our story on jungle-themed dining rooms. And, of course, there’s Gabrielle Scott’s Harlow pendant in Amethyst-Violet. (Okay, fine. This last one’s been around, but it’s the best, and we just wanted an excuse to talk ogle it again.)
But besides an important reminder to leave the judging to Judge Judy, perhaps the best thing to come out of purple’s reign is a coordinating palette of smoky, hazy hues that temper the cosmic UV energy and bring it back down to earth. New patterned area rugs have this approach down pat. Soft, feminine and the embodiment of serene, these floor coverings slip stylishly under the radar in tones of lilac, lavender, soft gold and platinum for a look that’s calm, cool and collected.
Nimbus Area Rug — New Moon Rugs
The new Nimbus rug from New Moon Rugs has plenty of blurred lines, and we’re not even mad. Wool, silk and natural nettle fibers add depth and shine to an amorphous mix of color and texture.
The colorway, Twilight (aka the most gorgeous part of the day), features dusty lavender, soft gold and platinum — a quiet counterpoint to an outspoken Ultra Violet sofa or upholstered bed.
Fleurs Tourmaline Area Rug — Nourison
Christopher Guy is borderline obsessed with Coco Chanel’s signature camellia, and we can’t say we blame him. The graceful beauty of the classic bloom lends a ladylike elegance to this wool and silk rug from the designer’s collection for Nourison.
Muted tourmaline and soft gray hues provide the perfect union of classy and fabulous. Style this rug with an elegant ivory-colored sofa and luxurious accents.
Madeline Area Rug — Surya
Admittedly, an overtly girly floor covering isn’t for everyone. But for those who love the look of English garden in full bloom, they needn’t look farther than Madeline area rug from Surya.
The floral design features a muted colorway: lavender, denim, wheat, blush and pale blue. To temper the feminine vibes, style this wool and silk area rug with a tailored sofa and a leather pouf.
M327 Area Rug — French Accents
Hygge, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” ABBA — the Swedes have already given us so much for which to be thankful. Now, there’s more: French Accents’ dreamy M327 area rug featuring a dusty purple, pink and blue palette.
Inspired by Scandinavians’ minimalistic aesthetic, the wool and silk Ikat design is a reminder for all of us to slow down and take pleasure in the simple things in life. Pair this rug with a cozy armchair and a crackling fire.
Adira Area Rug — Feizy
In Arabic, Adira means strong, but this hand-knotted rug from Feizy is all that and then some. Featuring a beige and lilac colorway, distressed pattern and made-to-look timeworn texture, Adira evokes the serene beauty of something that’s been around and seen it all.
Style this dreamy floor covering with an antique console and a silk upholstered accent chair.
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