From subtle to bold to everything in between, put a pattern beneath your feet and watch your room come alive. Rugs are one of the easiest ways to add texture and design to a room, but there are a few things to consider.
First, consider if furniture will obscure your pattern. With a repeating pattern, you’re safe. But if your rug has an asymmetrical design, you’ll want to place your furniture so you can see its details. You can also use an asymmetrical rug with furniture that allows it to show through, such as a glass cocktail table.
Next, consider how the pattern of the rug will mix with the other patterns in your room. Combining patterns is easy when you pay attention to the scale. Different scales mix best. For example, if your upholstery or curtains have a large print, consider a small-scale print for your rug.
Also, consider the color of the floors when choosing a rug. A light rug on dark hardwood floors might be too much of a contrast. Instead, consider a rug with a similar deep tone in its pattern. Or combine light with dark by adding furniture that acts a bridge. For example, choose a sofa with throw pillows in a pattern that combines light and dark colors.
If your room needs a focal point, consider a bold patterned rug, which can by eye catching in a room that doesn’t have too much architectural detail. To make a statement, combine a bold rug it with neutral, understated furnishings, so it stands out.
Finally, select a pattern that reflects your personal style. Your home is a reflection of who you are. Sometimes it’s fun to forget the rules and choose what you love. Rooms often come together when they’re furnished with favorites.