Mini Makeover: Designer Meg Braff Tackles a Persian Rug Dilemma

February 28, 2016 | By | Comments (1)

Our decorating columnist, designer Meg Braff, is ready to tackle your beach house design dilemmas!

This month, reader Lindsay Tyson presented Meg with this question about her Bradenton, Florida, home:

“My husband brought home a set of six Persian rugs from a deployment in Iraq. We have a canal-front home and want to set a coastal vibe—how do I incorporate the rugs into our great room’s palette of blue, aqua, and white?”


Before. Photo: Lindsay Tyson

So what does Meg say?

“Persian rugs can easily be worked into coastal decor—the key is balancing the bold color on the floor with more neutral, modern elements. Consider white or off-white skirted linen sofas with track (squared) arms, which help balance out the traditional nature of the rugs. You mentioned that you have aqua in your space—fantastic! Red and aqua look super together. Add pillows in these energetic hues to keep the room light and bright. Finally, using plenty of natural, beachy materials will give the room lots of coastal cred.”

Check out Meg’s dreamy vision for the Tysons’ living room!


Meg’s Makeover Tips:

1. Add texture to the walls with a grasscloth wall covering in a natural hue, and then paint the trim white. Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White is my go-to Florida white for trim.

Get the look: Serena & Lily Grasscloth Wallpaper in Sand

2. Soften the windows with white linen draperies trimmed in aqua fabric tape.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Emery Linen/Cotton Drape in White and Grassi Teal Blue Tape Trim 

3. Offset the rug’s formality with plenty of laid-back woven pieces—for instance, large-scale pendant lighting and a pair of cushioned armchairs.

Get the look: Jeffrey Alan Marks for Palecek Malawi Chair

4. Finish off your space with a few potted plants, like a Chinese evergreen, or go larger with a fiddle leaf fig or a Kentia palm. I love a bit of green in coastal spaces.

Want to see your own space reimagined in the pages of Coastal Living? E-mail (For all the details on how to submit your design dilemma, click here.)

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