Close to home: New resource for kids' rooms, 5 ways to use area rugs

  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Bambino Decor is a new children’s design and furnishings boutique in Edina’s 50th and France area.

New kid in town

If there’s a baby in your future, here’s a new resource: Bambino Decor, a locally owned children’s design and furnishings studio, will host its grand opening this week, Friday and Saturday, in Edina. The new boutique, owned by interior designer Trina Eibon and Jamie Sullivan, will carry all the resources needed to outfit a nursery or children’s room, including bedding, decor, furniture and baby-shower gifts. The store will introduce several lines to the Twin Cities, including Anne-Claire Petit, Baby Bandar, Candy Kirby Designs and Ferm Living. Design services, from complete room design to hourly consultation, also will be available. Bambino Decor is at 3812 W. 51st St., in the 50th and France area.

KIM PALMER

Area rugs add ambience

Rugs are a decorating essential that enable you to finish a room with finesse. Here are five ways to put area rugs to work:

1. Ground furniture groupings: Area rugs provide a stage for furnishings. Placing a rug under a dining table is a must, reinforcing the table’s position as the focal point of the room. Rugs also protect the floor from the wear and tear of sliding dining chairs. If your living-room furniture is arranged in the center of the room, put a rug under the grouping to visually bring it together.

2. Add color and pattern: Do you want your area rug to be a vibrant focal point in your room — or a less-showy member of the supporting cast? If your furnishings are neutral, you can pick a rug with lots of color and pattern. There is nothing to equal a handmade rug, whether it’s new, antique or vintage. These classics have gotten expensive, but for those who are more budget-conscious there are flat-weave rugs, which give you all the visual wow at a fraction of the price. While a fine handmade rug will last you a lifetime, you can expect to get 10 to 12 years out of a flat-weave rug. Because you aren’t marrying the rug for life, you have a little more freedom to pick something trendy. By the time you are tired of it, it will have reached the end of its life span.

3. Warm up cold floors: When I pop out of bed on cold winter mornings, I want my toes to hit a warm rug, not the freezing hardwood floor. Area rugs are essential for any room where you go barefoot, like your living room or family room. They are also great at providing sound absorption in noisy rooms, like the kids’ playroom.

4. Layer rugs to add interest: Cover the majority of the space with a big natural-fiber rug. Then, layer a smaller Persian or flat-weave rug on top. With their contrast in size, color and texture, the layered rugs add to the visual interest in a room. Plus, this little trick will allow you to save valuable decorating dollars. Covering the majority of the floor with a sisal or jute rug is dramatically less expensive than covering the same space with a handmade wool rug. When you purchase the rug that will lie on top of the natural-fiber rug, you can get a much smaller size than you would if the rug were standing alone. For the top rug, I suggest one just big enough to fit inside the perimeter of your furniture grouping. You can also turn the top rug on the diagonal so it looks larger, giving you still more bang for the buck.

5. Define spaces: If you have a larger room that you want to visually break down into several smaller sections, area rugs can help. My living room is a long room that doesn’t lend itself to intimate conversation areas. So I’ve visually divided it into three spaces, using area rugs to define each. I used the opportunity to bring in different colors and patterns to give each grouping its own feel.

MARY CAROL GARRITY, Scripps Howard News Service

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