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How to Choose the Best Rug Color for Your Space

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How do you choose the best rug color for your room?

We're so glad you asked! We want to tell you how to choose a rug color because choosing the perfect area rug for your space is both a financial and visual investment. In fact, most interior designers recommend “starting with the rug,” to establish a room's style and décor.

Top 5 Quick Tips You Need To Know For Color Scheming

Color scheming can be difficult, so we've piled up just a few quick tips (with examples) and design advice you need to know! 

Tip #1: Deep, rich colors create intimate spaces.

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Tip #2: Light colors help small spaces appear larger.

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Tip #3: Soft or muted shades blend in beautiful contrast to warm wall colors such as orange, yellow or red. Note: getting a rug of the same shade would not be wise as it would create a visually loud atmosphere and guests wouldn't know where to look.

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Tip #4: Cool colors create a calm atmosphere, especially in a room filled with natural light.

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Tip #5: Darker colors cover wood stains better. 

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Finding the Right Rug Color by Choosing the Mood

Formal Color Tones and Patterns

The right color of an area rug can make or break a room. When you place an area rug in your space, the rug's color and pattern will act as an anchor to other elements in the room.

Do you want to establish a formal look for a living room or dining room? If so, traditional Chobi Ziegler Oriental Rugs or jewel-toned Bokhara Rugs help to establish a regal feel.

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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.

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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!

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. Many of RugKnots rugs have pure, hand made dye colors so they stand out vibrant and fresh. There are a lot of color details throughout the rugs, so it will be easy to find a color scheme to match all of the tones in a room.

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Complimenting Colors

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, such as the 10' x 14' Black/Ruby Red Persian Rug pictured below.

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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.

This can be fun because you will find things out about your room you never noticed before. For example, if a TV is hanging on the wall and a couch sits across from it along with coffee tables and end stands, it's a parallel pattern or linear in design.

So you would look for more of a line patterned rug, such as the wool rug in the image below bringing out the lines of the room while matching the color hues. 

If your furniture is a solid color, match their hue to a patterned area rug choice.

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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. Oriental rugs are an excellent accent to a vividly complex room because of the high knots per square inch count or (KPI).

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Getting The Room To Tie Together

RugKnots has heard from 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. RugKnots has been awarded consecutively with the best customer service, so we can help in anyway you need! Feel free to call us at 240-452-4602 (Mon-Fri EST)

 

The perfect rug and perfect rug color are waiting for you in the RugKnots hand knotted Oriental rug collection. 

We can answer any questions you may have — should your rug match your wall color? How to choose the right rug color? What color should your rug be? Get in touch with the experts at RugKnots to get your questions answered and find your high quality dream rug!

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39 comments

  • Thanks for this really informative article- it helps a lot! Also, you have a great selection of hand-knotted rugs on your site. How are your rugs so cheap compared to the rugs at showrooms I’ve visited?

    Anne Albright on
  • We have a room that we are calling our “wine room”. It has a nice wine fridge (looks like an armoir), pub height wine table and other wine furniture. Our tile looks like wood. I can send pics. Please let me know what type of rug would look the best.

    Lynn Glidden on
  • Hi. I have peach walls in my living room. We just laid light oak hardwood floors. My couches are 1 dark blue 1 taupe and accent chair in orange. I need a new rug but have no idea what color!! Please help. This is frustrating! Then please send me pics of rugs you have that may be a good match. THANK YOU!

    Donna on
  • great room has brown leather couch and grey walls with a side chair brownish/grey and off white curtain treatment.. Husband wants lighter colour pattern rug, wife wants more of non patterned solid colour Place your vote?

    liz spear on
  • My wife and I just bought our first home and decorating isn’t our “thing.” We bought two light gray couches with a gray and royal blue accent chair. We were thinking of either a dark gray shag rug. Again, we don’t know what we are doing… Pattern on the accent chair is busy, so not sure if we can get away with a busy area rug. Our walls are a white with a hint of beige. Almost an ivory. Thanks in advance!

    Carson on


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