Q. We are putting in hardwood floors in the living room and I would like to put a rug under the coffee table but the problem is what kind of rug and color to go with? I have 2 brown recliners and a couch that is a brown, red, cream color. Please help! – Patty P.
A. Hi Patty! Rugs are so hard aren’t they? Luckily choosing an area rug color is easier than ya think. Shopping for rugs can be intimidating, so really plan it out and read ‘All You Ever Need to Know About Area Rugs‘ first.
Now without seeing your room first hand, I can only give you a very general idea on choosing the right area rug color. It does sound like you have a very neutral color palate, so I think it would be in your best interest to step outside of the box and get something fun. Something that will really tie your room together. This is done nicely in the image above. Here are some things you want to consider when shopping.
Pillows and Drapes
As you can see here, the pillows in the center have some great patterns and colors to work with. These 6 area rugs, which are all quite different, would work beautifully with the accent pillows. After all it is your decorative pillows, drapes, and rug where a majority of your colors will be coming from. So be sure they’re all working together.
Be mindful of the colors that are coming through on the other textiles in your home. It sounds like you have a lot of neutral tones in your large furniture pieces, and this is a good thing. You can easily get away with choosing just about any color you want that works with this palate. With browns, creams, and reds, I’d stick with something on the warmer side, but as you can see from that blue in the center, you are not limited to that. It’s a bold choice, but it works.
Now if you have your accent pillows and drapes up and have no plans on changing them, then you may want to consider taking a color that appear in these and bring it out further with your rug. If your other textiles are also neutral, than stick with choosing a more bold color to bring some life to your living room.
Pattern and Style
This is how you can ultimately go with something either subtle and neutral, or loud and bold. Either way is fine, but again with the neutral pallet you’re working with, having an eye-catching area rug is going to make an enormous difference for you.
Assuming you aren’t concerned about working with any existing patterns, I would find something with either a large contrast in colors (shown in rug 1), or a large variety of colors (shown in rug 2). The more colors you find in a rug, the more colors you can work with when adding your pillows and other accents later on.
The pattern you choose is indicative of the style you prefer. Boucherouite rugs are gorgeous and look wonderful in eclectic homes. Stripes can be safer and go with many schemes from traditional to contemporary. While a large geometric pattern can look great with modern decor.
Function and Lifestyle
What I mean by this is how you live is certainly going to matter when you choose your rug color. For example if you have kids, dogs, or just any kind of potential messes coming to this rug, you want to go with something dark. Be very aware that rugs can get destroyed rather quickly if we let them, so be sure to get something that works for your needs.
Also, not only getting something darker, but with a larger variety of colors or a busier pattern will help you avoid those unwanted stains from being noticed so quickly.
In the end, I think you should choose something with multiple colors. It sounds like you may have a lot of neutral solid colors to work with. So get a rug that has multiple warm tones in it. Something with oranges, yellows, reds are all good. If you want to choose a solid color, I’d just make sure it is a completely different color than you presently have. You can really go out on a limb here, like the bold blue, or stick with a navy. Just use your accents to bring this color in as you don’t want this to be the only blues in the room.
Good luck shopping Patty!
All rugs can be found at Anthropologie store.
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