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Choose Rug Color Which Best Matches Your Area

by Hataish Kumar 01 Apr 2023 51 Comments

Getting high-quality rugs for home & office decor makes people excited. However, when it comes to rug color, they become perplexed. We understand that buying stylish area rugs, runners, and carpets is not just like walking in the park. You need to pick a rug color that complements the whole space look.

Most people shopping at RugKnots inquire how to choose the best rug color. So, whatever color scheme you have at your home, choose a rug color that improves the overall ambiance of your living space. The best rugs colors can make a huge difference in your home decor.

Now let's delve into the details that will answer your question: How to pick a rug color?

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How To Pick A Rug Color?

Before you pick a rug color for your living room, bedroom or any other, you must get the expert's pro tips. These practical tips let you choose the best rug color that makes your space lively and elegant.

Moreover, at RugKnots, we have a special service that works closely with you to help you pick a rug color. We call it the "Personal Shopper" program, which allows you to share images of your living space where you plan to spread the area rug.

Watch this short video to see how this helpful program works:

All you have to do is take a photograph of the space and send it to our team. You can then select different types of rugs. Our talented team graphically adds the rugs to your photos. This way, you can get a virtual presentation of how it will look in your area. While picking a rug color, remember these tips to transform your entire space.

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Tip #1: Pick Rich Area Rugs Color

When we say choose rich rug colors, we mean go for deep or dark shades. A dark navy blue rug, for instance. Perhaps a deep red or maroon Bokhara rug would also look great. For the rug to stand out and improve the general aura of the space, white-colored walls or walls with light colors look elegant.

Tip #2: Pick A Rug Color For The Living Room In Light Tones

Light-colored rugs in small spaces create the illusion of a larger living area. Consider the light hues if you have a congested living area space. Also, light rug colors will create a cozy and relaxed atmosphere if your space has dark walls. You can choose an area rug in orange color to give a vibrant touch without making the rug too loud for the space.

See! Is this orange area rug not beautiful? The patterns, placed periodically, remind us of the Aztec patterns.

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Tip #3: Pick Rug Color In Contrasting Shades

According to most reputable interior designers, soft or muted shades blend well to create a beautiful contrast. If you have warm wall colors such as orange, yellow, or red, you can pick rug colors in contrasting shades to create a balanced look. In addition, you can consider the color of the furniture in the space as well. If your couch has contrasting throw pillows, choose the best color rug that mixes shades and works well with the walls. Doing this right can make your home look sophisticated, luxurious, and classy.

Tip #4: Pick Rug In Cool Colors

Undoubtedly, having cool colors in the rug helps create a calming aura in the living space. They tend to tone down the loud wall colors that can sometimes make your nerves feel exhausted. For instance, bright yellow, red, and green walls can make one feel overwhelmed after a hectic day at work. Sometimes, the right rug colors can make you feel stress-free and relaxed almost instantly when you get home.

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Tip #5: Choose Best Area Rugs In Darker Colors

Rugs with dark colors are not for every home or living space. Certain aspects to keep in mind include whether there is LED Lighting in the area. Using a dark rug in an already dull area will only make it look depressing and uninviting. Using dark rugs in well-lit spaces with large, floor-to-ceiling windows makes them look cozy and attractive.

Therefore, pick a darker-tone rug color with a cool interior and furniture. It makes the room look vibrant and adds warmth to it.

Our recommendation for dark-colored rugs is mostly Bokhara rugs. You may also explore other oriental rugs like Persian, Baja, and Kilim rugs. Some patchwork colors may also look fantastic. Black is a popular choice for dark rugs. It doesn't get dirty quickly, which is a good thing. You can pick a darker-tone rug color at our RugKnots area rug store at an affordable price.

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Pro-Tips For Area Rug Color Tones

Colorful rugs are bright and vibrant, but you can also identify them by their lack of brightness and vibrancy. Earlier, we explained the different types of colors you can choose. Now, we will discuss something different – "Color Tones."

Most people assume the color tones and rug colors are the same. They are similar but not the same thing. Let us explain!

When we discuss how to choose rug colors, it means the dye colors used in making them. However, when we discuss tones, different rug colors have a variety of shades – known as tones. Here are some highly recommended rug color tones you may want to keep in mind while shopping at RugKnots. 

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Formal Color Tones

Choosing the right color tones for an area rug can make a room look amazing or unappealing. This shows the importance of choosing a rug color that matches the space well.

When you put an area rug in your room, its color and pattern will affect the other things in the room. Other elements include the furniture, the decoration pieces, the paintings on the walls, and wall fittings.

Get a formal look in your living or dining room with our traditional Chobi Ziegler Oriental Rugs. You can also buy our jewel-toned Bokhara Rugs. These premium area rugs will help establish a regal feel. If you are a fan of Bokhara rugs, you must explore our high-quality living room carpet collection for a formal-tone rug.


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Pick A Rug Color In Muted Color Tones

The muted color tones work perfectly in creating a tranquil room setting. These monochromatic color schemes in lighter shades make you feel calmer and relaxed, for example, white color rugs. We recommend choosing colors from the same color palette as your wall color. This helps in creating a consistent muted color tone. You should match similar lighter shades of pillows and other accessories in the space to create a peaceful ambiance overall.

The muted color tones are ideal for creating an overall tranquil or serene setting in a room. These monochromatic color schemes are usually lighter shades that make you feel calmer and relaxed, for example, white rugs. We recommend that you choose colors from the same color palette as your wall color because this helps create a consistent muted color tone. You should match similar lighter shades of pillows and other accessories in the space.

This video will shed more light on how to choose the best rug color with muted tones:

Pick A Rug In Bright And Vibrant Colors

Area rugs can become the room's focal point, especially when they provide the primary source of color. Matching a bright rug to a room with warm wall colors creates a fantastic impact. Now, if you are thinking: How to choose the best rug color for living rooms and hallways? Look for a rug that might add more accent color to the room. You can match the third color to throw cushions, a vase, or the wall art.

The area rugs come in various colors. So, picking a rug color is easy and matches the tones in a room. This floral-designed rug is the right choice for your space to add a charming touch. Click on the link below to learn more about it.

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Choose Best Area Rugs In Complementing Colors

You can choose the best area rugs in complimentary colors as well. Many people's style choices often fall somewhere in the middle of bold and serene colors.

If you have a room with cream walls and burgundy sofas, you can choose a rug in complementary colors. The rug should blend brighter tones with a beige motif. Also, combining the other colors with the motifs and borders gives it an alluring look. Have a glance at our elite rug collection. You will love the motifs on these stunning multi-colored area rugs.

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Pick A Stylish Rug With Colorful Patterns

If you are obsessed with color pattern rugs, remember patterns do not need to match the entire theme. Instead, look at color tones that suit the design motifs of the rug. Also, coordinate the rug color with the room's paint and colors within the accessories or art in the room.

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 is a parallel pattern or linear design. You can buy a line-patterned rug because it would bring out the room's lines while matching the color hues.

To look sophisticated, match a secondary color in an Oriental rug to your sofa. Match a third rug color to your throw pillows in the room. Also! Would you look at this beautiful geometric patterned area rug, it will look beautiful in your living room.

Rugknots provides high-quality area rugs at a reasonable price. We always prioritize customer satisfaction. That's why we also provide the minute rug details to all potential clients. Whatever rug color and design you want for the home or office, contact RugKnots. We will deliver the high-end area rugs and carpets to your doorstep free of cost in the customized size you choose. You can email us at and call at (301) 660-7046.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Rugs Are In Style?

The topmost trending rugs are vintage, Moroccan, modern, geometric, kilim, natural, and muted. However, traditional patterns have their own place in this trending list. Specially crafted handmade rugs come in the 2023 trends because they look stylish and are eco-friendly.

2. How To Pick A Rug Color?

Every one has his taste in color for area rugs. A contrast depicts the mood or feeling, such as happy and cheerful. Use the lighter tone area rugs in the small spaces or create a fantastic ambiance. However, choose rugs in dark colors to add warmth to your area. It depends on how you choose rug color according to your theme and area requirement.

3. Where To Place Natural Colors Rugs?

You can pick rug colors in natural tones with minimal interior decor. These natural color area rugs look stunning when placed in the home. You can spread them in the kitchen, hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and living area.

4. How To Choose A Color Rug?

Nowadays, muted colors like beige, gold, gray, etc., are popular in designer choices. The various combinations of colorful rugs create an alluring visual appearance in interior and exterior decoration.

5. How To Pick A Rug Color While Considering The Wall Tile?

Dark walls complement the light color of area rugs. Choosing rich, light, contrast, cool or dark colors depends on your personality. However, there should be colorful harmony between wall tile and flooring piece color.

6. Which Material Has High Wear And Tear Resistance?

Wool has excellent resistance to dirt and wear and tear than other fibers such as nylon, cotton polyethylene. Wool is soft, strong, and durable but also best for high traffic areas and waterproof.

7. Are Oriental Area Rugs Out Of Trend?

No, the oriented rugs never get outdated. There are many oriental rugs available at RugKnots, a fusion of old and modern styles like the Peshawar Zieger rug. You can pick a rug color according to the area and the theme you want for it.

8. How to Place area rugs to enhance the interior decor?

Pick a rug color in accordance with the space interior or the furniture. If you have the larger furniture, place the area rug in the center of it. However, keep a few inches accessible from all sides to give it a more elegant look.

9. Can I Pick a Rug Color Darker Or Lighter Than the Couch Color?

If your home has wood floors or tiles that stain, it's better to choose darker-colored rugs. However, if you want a central focus on the flooring piece, use a bright, bold color with lighter couches and walls.

10. Are Colorful Rugs Too Expensive?

No, not at all; various color rugs are available at the RugKnots with an extensive range of prices. So you can buy your ideal area rug within your budget easily.


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19 Apr 2021 Sheridan Brooks

Hi there!
Our master bedroom is a unique shape (non-rectangle), with light taupe walls. Our comforter has very neutral colors (white and taupe) with a cream linen headboard. Our floors are a medium dark hard wood. I was thinking I was wanting a jute type rug to go under the bed, but I am not sure that would look the best. I want something that goes with the room, but we also have two dogs that shed (black fur). Any tips or suggestions would be amazing! Thank you!

11 Feb 2021 Jas

I need to update the rug at the cottage and I am looking for a rug that is 9′×12′. I have pics that I can share if I know who to send it to.

09 Feb 2021 Teresa

I have a small sunroom that I plan to paint in and gray or light shade. I have natural woodwork, and medium brown wood floor. I have an olive green love seat with a wide type of corduroy texture, my husband loves this and wants to keep. If possible I have a tiffany lamp mainly blues, with some green as well. I need an area rug about 5×8. This is also the area out dogs go in and out of the house. What would you suggest for this?

04 Dec 2020 RugKnots

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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