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Casa Craving Recap: Loud Rug, Quiet Room

While browsing the divine web site of The Rug Company the other day, I came across this Paul Smith Swirl Rug and thought it would be fun try try to design a room around such a loud design. So for last week's Casa Craving Challenge, I asked readers to design a quiet living area with this rug as the centerpiece.

Everyone worked within similar parameters, picking minimalist furniture with a few bold accents. But the swirl rug was a jumping off point for several wildly different styles, from earthy accents to Asian-inspired looks. You can see all of the loud rug pairings here, as well as the lists users created with their items. (Learn how to create your own lists here.) Here are a few of my favorites.

Look #1, designed by Jackieos, who explains: "I chose black and white furniture to tone it down a bit. But I like the furniture and accessories to have a character of their own, so I hunted down a couple of shapely and sexy silhouettes."

Two more looks, so

Look #2, designed by Katherynn, whose living-room style finds a perfect balance between splashes of bright colors and classically regal furniture. I especially love the subtle metal accents.

Look #3, designed by TrinityOne, who says she loved the colors and curve in the rug "so I wanted to extend those into the room." I particularly like her use of dark wood here.

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