Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Back to Black

Premier Superwashed Chinese rug

Just like the little black dress never goes out of style, so using black in your interior design scheme will always be 'en trend'. And what better time to start  using this stylish colour than around Halloween? 

Black has always been a favourite with interior designers. It is bold, dramatic  and versatile but like all daring colours – it needs to be used carefully to ensure it remains classy and not crass. 

Many people are wary of using black, but assuming you are not going to be painting all your walls in it – you really shouldn’t be nervous about its application, even on large areas. A key trick is to use it to define a space – so for example, use a black rug on the floor to define an area of the room or perhaps use black paint on one whole wall.

If you want to accessorise with black you can use it throughout the room – but use it sparingly. For example, select one key item such as a sofa or a chair and then add a rug and have only three or four more hand-picked pieces.  A ornate lamp, black curtains, or a piece of art, for example.

Or, just use black in one place. You could decorate an entire wall with black and white photos  in black frames or perhaps fill an entire shelf with black items.

The great thing about black is that it really does go with everything. Black and white is always fab, but black and orange, black and red or even black and fuchsia can also make a statement.

At this time of year, many families dress their home for Halloween and so you can use this as the perfect excuse to start experimenting and create a little bit of black magic in any room of your home.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

FrithRugs is the only place to buy your traditional rug

Fine Indo Persian

Homes & Antiques Magazine celebrates its 300th issue in November and we are really pleased to be featured in the magazine which celebrates traditional and period homes and properties.

We are also really proud of the fact that the FrithRugs brand is synonymous with traditional rugs including the quintessential PersianAfghan and Oriental designs.  The great thing about these rugs is that they look equally at home in a period home as they do in a contemporary setting, which is whey they are always such a best seller.

If you want to invest in a piece that will not only stand the test of time but could even be an investment piece for the future, then look no further than FrithRugs as we offer a huge selection of traditional designs which means you are sure to find something to suit your home and your personality.

If you love the idea of having one of these timeless classics in your home but are not sure where to start, ask one of our rug experts for advice.  All our staff are fully trained to be able to provide you with honest, no nonsense information about would would work well for your family. Our staff will go through the choices available for your home and lifestyle.

Our top tips for your traditional rug:

1.  Most traditional rugs look their best on a hard wood floor

2.  Try to avoid direct sunlight - but if you can't - rotate your rug on a regular basis

3.  You can use your rug to zone areas of a room - especially large spaces.

So when you are looking for a traditional rug – look no further than

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hot chocolate

This rug is taken from our Indian Gabbeh  Stripes and Squares

Brown is a surprising versatile colour to use in your interior design scheme.  It may not be the first colour that springs to mind if you are thinking about creating a new look at home, but brown can add warmth and richness to your room.  And, as its Chocolate Week, we thought we’d share some of our interior design tips when it comes to using the colour brown.

One thing to think about first is that if your room has a lot of natural light, brown can take on many different tones depending on the time of day.  Top tip number one therefore, is always test the colour on your wall and see how it changes throughout the day.

Complementary colours:

Brown is a colour that is very earthy and so it is a really good foundation to use for building up any new look for a room.  Brown works well with autumnal shades such as rust, mustard and amber. It’s a lovely complement to pearl grey, to blue and to terracotta and orange shades.  In fact, there is very little that doesn’t work with this colour – yellow, lime green, pink and of course it work really well with creams and neutrals.

Are you a dark or milk chocolate fan?  Let’s take a look at some of our favourite brown rugs.

If you are looking for a very dark shade to use in your room,  black could be too much. However, using dark brown will give you the dramatic look you want but in a much more palatable and softer way.  We advise using a really dark shade sparingly and only in rooms that have a lot of natural light or that are quite big.  Remember dark colours will make any room look smaller and so it’s not a colour that you can use everywhere.

You can of course introduce dark chocolate shades sparingly as accessories.  Dark brown rugs are perfect when you just want a hint of dark.  Team then with a few scatter cushions and some thick brown curtains.

There are lots of lovely light brown shades available including tan, taupe, mocha and café au lait.  You can use light chocolate colours generously as they complement a similar number of neutral shades which makes them ideal for even the smallest rooms

As well as a mouth-watering choice of plain brown rugs we offer rugs featuring brown patterns and multi designs and if you opt for a heavily designed rug - keep the rest of your décor quite simple so that the rug is the focus of the room.

Enjoy your chocolate!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

We're all going grey!

When it comes to interior design, grey is the new white – and here we explain why grey is so popular for homeowners.

Interior designers and us mere mortals are catching on to the fact that grey can work across many design schemes.  It can be contemporary and cool, it can be soothing and relaxing and it can be lively and energetic – it all depends on the shade of grey you choose for your room.

If you like modern then opt for darker shades that add a hint of drama, if your style is more vintage or classic, blue greys will work well and if you want your room to feel relaxed mid tone greys will create the mood.

If you are using grey on the wall or on one wall - as ever - getting the right accessories is key.  As its getting cooler, texture is important to help create a warm and cozy space.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match – so faux fur cushions, velvet throws and a sheepskin rug, like the one shown will mean you never want to leave the house.

If your walls are plain, then add pattern with accessories.  Something from our Machine woven natural collection would add interest on the floor, like this middle rug, while patterned cushions and curtains would make the whole room come to life.

Grey also works with bold primary colours too.  Place a large grey rug on the floor and add a pop of colour with mustard and orange cushions, an orange lamp and a piece of art featuring the same shades.   Go to our exclusive Ella Claire ‘Naturals’ Collection to find luxurious deep pile grey rugs that will add warmth and subtlety.

If you like a classic style, how about this traditional grey rug from our Bokhara collection.  We think this works well with cream and very pale grey walls and silver grey curtains.  Set the rug on a hard wood floor and keep grey accessories to a minimum so that you let the rug do the talking.

Grey has become so popular with our customers that we have introduced several collections featuring stripes, patterns and plain grey rugs in a variety of tones and shades.  If you’re looking for home accessories in this must have colour, search our grey rugs online.

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