Most interior designers recommend “starting with the rug,” to establish a room's style and décor. If you are choosing an area rug for an existing room, your lifestyle and personal taste will be deciding factors.
For example, do you chase around young children or pets most of the day? If so, a white shag rug will not be the best color choice for your area rug.
High traffic areas require you to choose a rug that is going to last and can stand heavy use.
Deep, rich colors create intimate spaces.
Light colors help small spaces appear larger.
Soft or muted shades blend in beautiful contrast to warm wall colors such as orange, yellow or red.
Cool colors create a calm atmosphere, especially in a room filled with natural light.
Darker colors cover wood stains better.
Formal Color Tones and Patterns
The right area rug can make or break a room. When you select an area rug for your space, the rug will act as an anchor to other elements in the room.
Muted Color Tones Create Serenity
If your wish is to create an overall tranquil or serene setting in a room, consider muted color tones, and choose colors from the same color palette. Monochromatic color schemes selected in light tones are classically soothing. Refrain from selecting a bold contrast in throw pillows or accessories.
Bright and Vibrant Colors Create Energy
Area rugs can become the focal point of the room, especially when they provide the main source of color. Matching a bright rug to a room with warm wall colors creates an amazing impact!
Many people's style choices fall somewhere in the middle of bold and serene. If you want your area rug to compliment the décor of the room you already have established, opt for an area rug whose color scheme compliments your existing room’s décor. One example of this might be a room that has cream walls and burgundy sofas. In this case, you may want to opt for a rug that combines rich burgundy tones against a beige-toned motif.
Look for a rug that might add one more accent color to the room and match the third color to throw cushions, a vase or wall art.
Patterned Rugs—What Do They Go With?
If you fall in love with a patterned rug and worry it will be too busy for a room in your home, remember that the pattern does not need match everything in the room. Instead, look at the color tones that are within the design motif of the rug and coordinate the colors with the room’s textures and colors within the accessories or art in the room.
If your furniture is a solid color, match their hue to a patterned area rug choice.
If the furniture in your room is upholstered in a vivid pattern, choose a muted or solid colored rug to coordinate with the room. For a sophisticated look, match a secondary color within a patterned Oriental rug to your sofa. Match a third rug color to your throw pillows in the room.
Tips for Choosing the Best Rug Color
RugKnots has spoken to many customers who explain how they purchased a few area rugs over the years and when they got them home, they just were never the right choice. Deciding what color schemes or patterns you want to shop for from home can be a tricky process.
1. The most common mistake consumers make when selecting an area rug is purchasing a rug that is too small for the actual space. Measure the area you need a rug for. Rugs come in standard sizes of 5x8, 6x9 and larger. The best way to know what rug size is best for your room is to use painters or masking tape and mark the floor using your eyes as a guide to establish how big the area is. If your area is larger than a standard size, you may want to custom order a rug in the size needed. At RugKnots, we love creating custom rug orders!
In a family room, select a rug at least the size of the length and width of your furniture grouping.
In a dining room, select a rug the size of 2 feet outside of the dining room chairs to allow chairs to slide in and out. When selecting the right color of an area rug for the dining room, choose a coordinating rug color and pattern to match the living room, even if they are separated by a wall. This will help to create flow.
In a bedroom, choose an area rug larger than the foot of the bed width. Allow about 2 or 3 feet on the sides of the bed to pamper cold toes in the early morning hours.
2. More often than not, showroom colors and lights change the actual color tones of area rugs. If you are looking at an area rug that is hung up at the store, ask the clerk to take it down and place the rug on the floor. Color hues change drastically under harsh store lighting!
Choose the Best Rug Color for Your Space with RugKnots
There you have it. Choosing the best rug color for your area rug can be a big decision. If you would like some colour advice, you might want to try the RugKnots Ask a Designer Program.
Ask a Designer is a premium service that invites consumers or designers to email a photo of their room to our staff designers. When your photo is received, our designers will select up to 3 area rugs in color choices that will compliment your existing colors and email them back to you actually inserted into your original room picture! This way you can “try on” one of our beautiful rugs before making a purchasing decision.
This service not only allows the homeowner or designers to see the rug placed in the room with its true lighting, but also allows the customer to see how the size and the dimensions of the rug will fit within their space.