Decorating with Kelly Wearstler

Best-known for her sophisticated and luxurious design, talented American interior designer Kelly Wearstler recently designed a new rug collection for The Rug Company.

In the following interview, Wearstler discusses her decorating style, where she finds inspiration and shares her advice on buying rugs for a home …

How would you define your decorating style?

My aesthetic is about mixology. Always something old and something new, raw and refined, masculine and feminine. The tension of opposites, the juxtaposition of seemingly dichotomous things interests me very much. That combination is sexy and unexpected.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

Fashion, art, architecture, Mother Nature.  Inspiration is everywhere.  The first place I go when I want to get inspired is my library at home – it houses over 2 000 books on everything from fashion and jewellery design to landscape architecture. I collect vintage and out of print titles.

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Tell us about your new designs for The Rug Company

My rug designs are a mixology of classic and modern, from patterns found in nature – the striations of a shoreline, the natural veining of marble – to architectural and graphic art.  My new designs are hand-painted art pieces done in my studio.

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How do you create your designs and develop the beautiful colour palettes?

I’m always intrigued by a clever use of materiality and luxurious textures. The initial spark of inspiration can come from a pattern or colour seen in nature to architectural and graphic art.  It’s all about different elements coming together to form a composition.  I find that mixing raw, organic components with refined classic detailing, playing with scale of pattern and rich colour combinations can lead to an exciting, and truly original design.

How does your collection reflect your style?

My designs can look transitional and contemporary, or neutral and timeless, according to the space in which they are placed.  All my rug designs are hand-painted in the classic tradition, and then brought to life by weavers. Variations in texture and the tension of the pattern work add a beautiful element of rawness to the refined, artisanal qualities of the handmade rugs.

Do you have any advice for someone trying to choose a rug for their home?

Have an open mind.  You can have a couple of rugs in one room, there is no rule for having just one.  And be adventurous with colour choice. There are so many great rugs in fantastic colourways and patterns.