Make it easy? Texture and finish variations create interest.

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Connect and coordinate a simple color palette with collaboration, colors, and textures.
Sometimes it’s easier than others, and sometimes it just Looks easy! Carefully considered wall finishes and coordinated custom rugs can help. Collaboration gets it done.

In this Boston high-rise condo, to create a backdrop for stronger colors we used a neutral-based color palette in custom finish of textured walls, with custom Tibetan rugs.

rugs from Silk Road WeavesHand knotted rug: 100% wool. All custom Tibetan rugs shown are from Silk Road Weaves.

I’ve worked in tandem with Boston-area designer Cynthia Brumm, of SpaceDesign, on a number of projects. Here, Cynthia was the lead and she asked me to create wall finishes and rug designs. In addition to designing custom pieces for this client, Cynthia selected beautifully vibrant furnishings to complement the owner’s existing pieces.

Dinign room rug from Silk Road Weaves

Existing dining room furniture is beautifully complemented by GEO-Borders in wool and silk, from Silk Road Weaves

Cynthia also designed this dramatic console cabinet in a beautiful dark wood finish.

TV cabinet

Cabinet design by Cynthia Brumm. Artisan wall finishes by Barbara Jacobs Color and Design

Custom wall finishes in an architectural, low-profile texture provide a beautiful backdrop for the custom rugs from Silk Road Weaves.

Runner version of Geo from Silk Road Weaves

The adaptable nature of GEO from Silk Road Weaves becomes a runner in 100% wool, and complements the living room and dining room rugs, also from the GEO group.

The wall finishes are the same throughout the main open areas: Entry, Hallway, Living room, Dining room.
Kitchen and powder room are different.

custom wall finishes by Barbara Jacobs

Powder room features walls having a soft bronze layered glaze. Wall finishes by Barbara Jacobs.

The overall effect is comfortable, yet stunning, with a dramatic view overlooking the city.

view of boston

Yes, there is a view of Boston!

All images by Barbara Jacobs.

5 Responses to “Make it easy? Texture and finish variations create interest.”

  1. Donna Frasca

    It’s amazing how the perfect area rug can change the entire look of a room. I recently purchased a large wool area rug for my living room and it totally transformed the look and feel of the room. The colors are key too of course. It looks as if I chose the rug first and then the colors in my home. They are that close!

    When I choose a color scheme for my clients, I usually pull colors from the area rugs to tie in with the color palette for the home. But I look to choose a “secondary color” from the rug and not the obvious choice to really give the room a unique and colorful option.

    Great post Barbara and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    • bjacobs

      Thanks for commenting, Donna. My goal is also to create unique, personal color palettes for a home. Rugs, and artwork, are excellent resources for achieving the most interesting environments.


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