Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs

Area rugs are a great decorative element to take advantage of in most spaces. They help define a space, warm it up and provide color, pattern, and/or texture. But one trick you may not have thought of before is using two area rugs in one space by layering them.

It may sound like an odd concept at first, but layering rugs has actually become a popular trend lately. This look has a lot of benefits depending on how you use it. One of the most popular strategies is to use a large neutral rug and then layer a smaller, more colorful rug on top of it. This gives you the opportunity to infuse some color into the space without it overwhelming the room, while also balancing everything out properly.

To see more layered rug ideas, check out these beautiful spaces that all used this look to great success in various ways.

Layered Rug Ideas

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comA small flokati rug looks both glamorous and shabby chic when draped over the corner of the larger area rug.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe warm tones and ornate pattern on the smaller rug bring some flavor to the room, while the larger neutral rug balances everything.
Source: Emily Henderson

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comAt first glance, this may look like one runner covering the hallway, but it’s actually two: a natural fiber rug and a smaller, more ornate rug on top of it.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comLayering a high pile rug over a rougher, natural fiber rug is a great way to get the best of both worlds.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s another example, showing how relaxed and eclectic this particular layering style is.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comWhen an animal skin rug isn’t enough, try layering it over another rug like this beautiful natural fiber one.
Source: My Domaine

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comA furry rug layered over a more simple one provides a touch of glamour to this space in a relaxed way.
Source: Refinery 29

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe pop of green on the smaller rug may have overwhelmed this space if it had been the only rug, but layered on top of the neutral one, it’s the perfect balance of color.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe white of the animal skin contrasts beautifully with the sandy area rug and pulls in the white walls.
Source: Ellen Grasso & Sons via Houzz

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a really fun look, get creative with your mixture of rugs, like these striped and hot pink rugs.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Layered rugs can solve a lot of problems and bring some great, unexpected style to a space.

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Dark and Dramatic Kitchens

You’ve probably noticed that light kitchens are some of the most popular. Light kitchens, such as ones with white cabinets, can be absolutely stunning, but so can the opposite side of the coin. Dark kitchens have their own appeal that can be beautiful, dramatic and just as classic.

What I love about a dark kitchen is how striking they can be. You can actually take advantage of the expectation people have for a light kitchen by going very dark instead, inherently creating a more dramatic result. There are a lot of options to play with contrast, too, whether it’s with various textures in dark tones or by punctuating dark cabinets with light accents.

The following 10 dark kitchen ideas offer some great inspiration on how to use dark colors in a kitchen in creative and timeless ways.

Dark Kitchen Ideas

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comA gorgeous wood grain on the modern cabinets contrasts with the black tile to highlight the beauty of both.
Source: SF Girl by Bay

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comStainless steel and white accents look charming against the rich, dark wood cabinets.
Source: House & Home

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comA dark, though mellow blue on the cabinets is captivating in this large kitchen.
Source: Atlanta Home & Lifestyles

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack cabinets bring a bold, yet classic flair to this kitchen when paired with white and gold.
Source: Traditional Home

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comThis historic kitchen is full of industrial character that is cozy and charming.
Source: My Domaine

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comExposed brick pairs well with the dark cabinets. Even though the space is small, you’re focused on all the charming elements that make it feel cozy rather than cramped.
Source: Apartment Therapy

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite countertops and stainless steel lighten up the sleek, black cabinets.
Source: Home Goods

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comThis black kitchen is truly dramatic and glamorous with a glossy finish on the cabinets that quite literally shines.
Source: House Beautiful

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comHere is another example of glossy cabinets, which helps bring a lighter, more glamorous touch to a dark color.
Source: Style Me Pretty

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comGreen on the cabinets and backsplash is sophisticated, yet earthy, especially when paired with copper accents and rich wood floors.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Would you ever consider opting for a dark kitchen?

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum’s Elegant NYC Apartment

Actress Emmy Rossum recently purchased her first home in New York City, a one-bedroom co-op in a prewar building in Manhattan. The apartment needed a lot of work, so she enlisted the help of Elle Decor and designer Antonino Buzzetta to turn it into a place that felt like home.

The result is a beautiful balance between charming antiques and an elegant, modern sensibility. Emmy wanted a place that felt fresh and new but had the character of old-fashioned, European touches. While everything in the apartment is new, the choices of decor make it feel like many of the items have been collected over the decades and passed down to her, and the whole vibe is classic and mature.

This home tour offers some wonderful inspiration in how to mix the old with the new, even if the “old” is only in style. The neutral palette is accented with well-chosen doses of color to createa subdued, sophisticated space.

Enjoy this beautiful and inspiring home tour…

Emmy Rossum Home Tour

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comAntiqued mirrors add historic character and help make this living room feel larger and brighter.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA lightweight table and blue chairs create an elegant simplicity in the dining room.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comModern touches, like this bar cart vignette, balance the antique touches throughout the apartment.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA red runner brings a pop of color to the otherwise gray and white kitchen.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comMarble stuns in the small bathroom, making it feel larger with its opulence.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft blue on the walls creates a serene, sophisticated vibe in the master bedroom.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comEmmy’s closet is perfectly organized with beautiful wood built-ins that create a nice contrast against the bedroom walls.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comMore modern touches can be found in the pass-through from the kitchen, including two large and beautiful pendant lights.

If you’ve been wondering how to give a new home some antique charm while still capturing a modern essence, this is a perfect example in how to achieve that balance.

Warm regards,
Megan

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls

Every room offers four fabulous blank canvases: the walls. There are so many things you can do to transform them to help create a beautiful space. One of my favorite looks is paneled walls. What I love about them are how simple they can be while still bringing character, depth, and a touch of luxury to a space.

They are also incredibly versatile. You can keep it simple or get creative with the trim, insets, and material. You can go rustic with exposed wood or high glamour with gloss or metallic. They can cover half the wall, an accent wall, or an entire room. The options are unlimited.

Though they look expensive, paneled walls can be done on a budget if you’re willing to do a DIY project. There are tons of tutorials on the internet, so it’s just a matter of deciding what look you want and putting in some elbow grease.

Here are 10 paneled wall ideas in various styles to give you some inspiration:

Paneled Wall Ideas

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comTo take advantage of all this empty wall space, white panels keep things elegant and simple while also providing some character.
Source: Home Bunch

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comWood panels in a gray tone look contemporary yet rustic in this relaxing dining room.
Source: Lonny

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comA shiplap accent wall is a perfect for a mudroom or laundry room to give it a dose of charm.
Source: New England Home

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comA little bit of paneling escalates the sophistication in a living room, especially in a soft taupe.
Source: Luxe

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comHigh gloss blue gives these wood paneled walls a unique, unexpected twist.
Source: House Beautiful

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comThis bathroom captures the essence of a chic spa with some warm, traditional touches mixed with modern accents.
Source: Architectural Digest

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comA metallic trim adds a glamorous touch to the contemporary accent wall.
Source: Erika Brechtel

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comAnother beautiful option for a bedroom is to fill the panels with a soft, luxurious fabric.
Source: Dering Hall

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comA dark blue paneled wall compliments the wallpaper in this contemporary dining room.
Source: Nate Fischer Interiors via Houzz

Giving a Room Character with Paneled Walls | HomeandEventStyling.comExposed wood and white-painted panels look great together to create a rustic, old-fashioned appeal in this powder bath.
Source: Traditional Home

Paneled walls are a great way to do something different with your walls and give your home a more “upgraded” look without breaking the bank.

Warm regards,
Megan

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm

When it comes to adding the finishing touches to your home in the form of accessories, sometimes the best decor are things you already have lying around or being used in a different capacity. Books are a great example of this. Books with beautiful covers can be used as decor on a coffee table, bedside table, vignette, and in many other places.

What’s great about book styling is how versatile it is. No matter what size, shape or color you need, you can find them. You can stack them to make them whatever height you need, lay them upright or on their sides, vary the arrangement, mix up the colors — whatever you need to do. They are wonderfully customizable, not to mention fashionable.

Here are 10 fabulous book styling ideas to show you some of the many ways they can be used and inspire you for your home:

Book Styling Ideas

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo black and white books create the perfect base for a simple, chic vignette.
Source: My Domaine

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comThe stack of books help to create height on one side to match the other while also bringing in another soft touch of pink.
Source: Havenly

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comLarger books are perfect for coffee table decor and can be topped off with flowers and other small decorative pieces.
Souce: Emily Henderson

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s another creative arrangement for coffee table styling, this time in a loose grid format.
Source: Architectural Digest

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comIf you have space on a shelf underneath a coffee table, beautiful books can help fill it and provide some visual interest.
Source: Cuckoo 4 Design

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comThese two acrylic tables double as stools apart and a coffee table when together, so different books help balance them out while not requiring the decor to be exactly the same.
Source: OMG Lifestyle

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comThe gold in the top book mimics the gold on the coffee table to pull it all together.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a colorful look, mix up the book covers. Have some black and white ones to break it up so the colors pop even more.
Source: The Pink Dream

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comA mix of light pink with black and white is wonderfully feminine and charming.
Source: Blondie in the City

Book Styling Ideas That Bring the Charm | HomeandEventStyling.comGet creative with how you stack your books, like this L shape on the lower shelf that leaves room for a purse or piece of decor and creates even more visual interest.
Source: The Every Girl

Is there any spot in your home that could get a chic makeover with some books?

Warm regards,
Megan