A Look Inside Designers' Homes

In HGTV Magazine, three furniture and accessories makers share the insider tricks they use at home.

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Nathan Perkel

Expert 2: The rug designer in her living room

Malene Barnett, Malene B Custom Handmade Carpets
Best known for: High-quality rugs in a huge range of colors and modern global-inspired patterns, using materials like New Zealand wool and Chinese silk

Take it from an insider:

  • Rug color motto: "You don’t have to decide between bright walls and a colorful rug — do both! Pick one shade in a multicolored rug and paint the walls that color, like I did in my living room with teal. It makes the space look pulled together."
  • Most-common rug mistake: "The placement. People often put their rug all the way against the wall and their sofa right on top of it, also backed up to the wall. A better look is to leave about a foot of space between the wall and the edge of the rug, and rest only the front legs of your sofa on top of the rug."
  • People don’t know that: "You should rotate your rug 180 degrees every three to four months — that way it will wear evenly."

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