The importance of colour
Antique carpets with bold and brilliant colours can brighten a room and your mood.
‘In ancient cultures, red is traditionally considered to give energy, strength, motivation and confidence, while yellow is uplifting,’ says Broadhurst. ‘Green represents harmony and balance, while blue offers a sense of calm, peace, truth and self-expression.’
Lighter colours have been favoured by many contemporary interior designers in recent decades, but dark, rich shades are now enjoying a resurgence thanks in part to innovators such as Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain, Kit Kemp and Remy Renzullo.
‘These designers favour layering colours, textiles and patterns,’ says Broadhurst. ‘If a rug features intricate floral motifs, for instance, you might want to echo those in a trim, ruffle or pleat around a sofa cushion, along a curtain, or in the wallpaper.
‘Rugs with geometric patterns, on the other hand, bring energy to an interior and work well with post-Impressionist and post-war and contemporary artworks. If you already have strong focal points such as statement wallpaper in the room, look to complement these to unify the look.’