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. This comprehensive eBook guide can also help you in the decision making process.

So, what color rug should you go with?

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.

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So What Rug is Right for You?

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 space.

A shaggy rug may not be the best choice in general for a high-traffic area of your home, high-traffic meaning dogs and kids running on it. Due to the longer wool fibers hand knotted in the back, these wool fibers are like a vacuum. They will collect every bit of hair and dirt and also shag rugs are a little more delicate because of the longer fibers.

Highly visited areas of your home require you to choose a rug that is going to last and can withstand heavy use.

You will want a rug that is made of wool because wool rugs are easy to clean and do not show odd shadows or wear and tear from traffic like many synthetic rugs do. 

Also because our 100% wool rugs just feel good under bare feet.


Deep, rich colors create intimate spaces.

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Light colors help small spaces appear larger.

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Soft or muted shades blend in beautiful contrast to warm wall colors such as orange, yellow or red. Getting a rug of the same shade would NOT be wise as it would throw off the whole vibe of the room. It would create a visually loud atmosphere, and guests wouldn't know where to look.


Cool colors create a calm atmosphere, especially in a room filled with natural light.

wood panel room

Darker colors cover wood stains better. Darker colored area rugs also work in neutral rooms, if you're wanting to have more of a calm feel as opposed to making a statement with a brightly colored/designed carpet.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.


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).

Tips for Choosing the Best Rug Color

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. But RugKnots has been awarded consecutively with the best customer service, so we can help in anyway you need.

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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! You can design any rug style with any kind of material just by talking with our in-house designer over the phone! Call us at: 240-452-4602


In a family room, select a rug at least the size of the length and width of your furniture grouping.

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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


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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  • @NImisha
    We’re excited to help you find the perfect rug for your space. We’ll be emailing you to send you a few selections. Thanks for contacting us and we’ll get to work right away!

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  • Hi I am trying to pick an area rug for my large family room. Sofa is in an L shape by the fireplace and in door off-white with tiny grey dots. Sofa is not flush to any walls and there is space behind L shape. I could also consider to have rug runner in both these spaces. Furniture is black with some silver – TV console and a wine cabinet so far. Need help picking color/pattern and type of rug. Also, should I go with rug runners or not, if yes do they need to match.

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  • @Teresa
    Hi! Seeing as this will involve a detailed response, we’ll answer this question via a direct email to you. :)

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  • I am trying to pick out a rug (maybe 2) for a large great room. The sofa and loveseat don’t sit against the walls, but form an L-shape in front of a rock fireplace that reaches to the ceiling. The walls are beige and the sofa and loveseat are a light brown/gray color. I feel I need a patterned rug and something to add some color, but don’t feel I want anything too bold. I’m thinking of purchasing one rug for when you walk in the front door and another for under the coffee table in front of the sofa and loveseat, and that maybe the two rugs should match?

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  • @Michelle
    It was a pleasure speaking with you this afternoon and getting a sense of your space. I sent you a few options via email. Let me know what you think of these color choices.

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