The Cool Effect of Blue Oriental Rugs
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Today's decor can be summed up in one word: neutral. Every wall is grey or white. Furniture is varying shades of the same. This is why bringing in color is becoming so vitally important.
As you prepare to decorate your home, keep in mind what your goal is. Do you want a warm, cozy room or a cool and relaxing one?
Today, let's chat about what to do if you want an open, airy, relaxing room.
Blue oriental rugs open up spaces, help them feel cool and inviting, and look fantastic in almost every design scheme. To help you understand the intricacies of this lovely color, let's look at the color wheel and symbolism. Then I'll show you examples of blue rugs in homes so you can incorporate them into your rooms.
Warm vs Cool Colors
Colors affect the overall feel and temperature of the room. Understanding cool and warm colors will help you achieve the exact ambiance you desire. Blue rugs bring an airy feel to a room for the following reasons.
For quick reference, here is a pinwheel:
Warm colors are created with yellows, oranges, reds, or a combination of them. These colors have the ability to advance, or create the illusion of coming closer. They are typically colors of passion and energy. These colors are used frequently in really large rooms to help them feel more intimate.
Cool colors are soothing, relaxing, and calming. They include blues, purples and greens. As opposed to warm colors, cool colors recede. They are perfect for decorating in small rooms that you want to appear larger.
Placing a blue rug in a room will make the room feel serene and peaceful. Turquoise, navy and even sky blue all inspire feelings of safety.
Blue Color Symbolism
According to Bourne Creative, blue has very emotional symbols behind it.
"Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence."
Amy Wax said it best: "The colors and design of a home should be a reflection of the people who live inside."
This color speaks to emotional depth. When you decorate with blue rugs, you are adding layers of beauty and meaning that go beyond the jeweled tones. This color opens up the imagination to visions of waves, endless skies, and blue mountaintops.
Decor Themes With Blue Accent Colors
The good news is, blue rugs go with almost every single design theme. Read on to see how to incorporate various shades of blue rugs into your home. Then choose your own blue rug from RugKnots.
This is a no-brainer. Coastal themes bring in seashells, waves, and all the various shades of sky and sea. How can you not use blue in coastal themes?
Check out this trendy printed rug, below retail price:
Scandinavian decor is full of bright whites and minimalism. According to The Contemporist, "Because the winters are so long and dark, Scandinavian interiors are typically painted white to help keep spaces bright. When colors are used they’re kept soft and understated to keep the entire space feeling cohesive, uniform, and bright."
Image credit: My Domaine
Placing a blue rug - the color of the sky - is a natural component of Scandinavian decor. Blue rugs are very minimalist, open up the room, and add to the "chill" effect of all the whites and greys.
The mid-century modern decor theme is making a comeback. While lots of people debate what time period this represents, it is safe to say the 1940s - 1960s. It features minimal orientation, sleek lines, and a complete lack of clutter.
The Spruce said it best, "There was a liberal use of traditional material, such as wood, and non-traditional materials such as metal, glass, vinyl, plywood, Plexiglass and Lucite.
A vast range of color, including colors from neutral to bold, and a graphic use of black and white."
Since lots of mid-century modern decor uses traditional materials, it is very common to see traditional oriental rugs used too.
Of course, blue goes with the Bohemian/eclectic theme - all colors do! The most difficult thing about decorating eclectic is to make it look eccentric but not cluttered. It is way too easy to try and cram too much stuff into a room and call it boho.
One of my personal favorite rugs for Boho themes is either a patchwork or overdyed patchwork rug.
Buy this Turquoise Over Dyed Rug.
I love how the designer added a variety of colors, textures and shapes to the room in the photo above. And yet, it isn't overdone or overwhelming.
The modern farmhouse decor trend is rising in popularity, especially on Instagram. These homes feature a bunch of antiques and family heirlooms.
Farmhouses tend to have smaller rooms. This is why blue rugs and white decorations are so important - they really open up the cramped spaces.
Colors To Decorate With Blue Oriental Rugs
Blue is such an easy color to play with. It goes with almost every color. To make your choices easier, I summed up the best to colors to incorporate with your blue oriental rug.
Since blue represents sky and sea, it matches varying shades of browns and greens effortlessly. Find a lovely landscape portrait and decorate around these colors.
As you can see in the picture below, a blue rug goes perfectly with natural stained wood, greenery and neutral furniture.
The complementary color to blue is orange. Decorating with these complimentary colors is a dynamic idea because blue and orange enhance each other's intensity.
According to Apartment Therapy, "A tiny bit of orange really pops in a blue room (and vice versa) because your eye wants to see that color. A combination of two complementary colors may be perceived as soothing or balanced since it simultaneously stimulates different parts of the eye."
As you've read here, blue is a very cool color. Red, however, is an extremely warm color. Both red and blue are primary colors. Decorating with both red and blue creates coastal, patriotic or other versions of Americana decorating themes.
Whites & Greys
Modern, Scandinavian, and minimalist design themes look crisp and clean with a slate of white, grey and splashes of blue.
These colors work best in smaller rooms. If you use all cool colors in a wide open space, it will make it feel even bigger.
Popular Rooms For Blue Rugs
Of course a blue rug can go in every room - but let's take a look at where blue rugs look the best in a home.
Blue Runner Rugs In Kitchens
Modern kitchens have so much white that they can feel too sterile. Using a runner rug with blues in it can maintain the cool and airy feeling of the kitchen while bringing in much needed color.
This is my personal favorite room to place a large blue rug in. Go for an 8x10 rug or larger to really show off the beauty of the patterns and color!
Since blue is such a relaxing color, incorporate a light blue rug into your bedroom will calm your senses as you unwind.
Best Types of Blue Oriental Rugs
Blue rugs are so important in your decor. Thankfully, choosing the exact blue rug can be so fun!
Let's look at the rugs that can go in almost every room. If you need help choosing a rug, please contact us. We are happy to help narrow down the choices for you based on your current decor and tastes.
Overdyed Blue Rugs
When you want an extra vibrant shade of blue, go for one of our overdyed rugs. You can even order a custom one too.
Blue Kids Rugs
With small feet in mind, we’ve put together the Lil Mo Collection, made up from fun designs that your small folk - and you - will love. There’s a whole spectrum of shades, and so many much-loved motifs. Whatever your child is into, there’s sure to be a Lil Mo rug to put a smile on his or her face!
Blue Hand-Knotted Kilim Dhurrie Rugs
Kilims rugs are produced across Central Asia and the Middle East, and their name stems from the Persian term “gelim,” which means “to spread roughly.”
Kilims rugs are knotted in an entirely different way than other Oriental rugs, and their “flatweave” process makes them almost a uniquely different type of rug altogether. Kilims rugs are typically made of wool and can feature very bright colors and bold designs.
How To Save Money on Blue Oriental Rugs
It feels so good to save money and have some left over to buy even more decorations, doesn't it? Here at RugKnots we sell our rugs at way below retail. Just browse our online store. If you can’t find the blue oriental rugs you are looking for, contact us. We can do custom orders.
Plus, we offer free shipping ALWAYS! Free shipping applies to send the rug to you - and if you need, we will pay to ship it back.