It’s important to choose a rug style that complements the colors and interior design of your home. To ensure that your rug will blend in rather than detract from your overall décor, carefully consider design elements, color palette and your taste in furniture before selecting a piece.
Combining patterns in a room can yield gorgeous results, but requires the right approach. Curtains, upholstery or pillows with small patterns are best matched with rugs with larger patterns, and vice versa. Florals, plaids, stripes and other patterns can all work in tandem, provided they coordinate in color and have size distinction.
Mixing smooth surfaces with textured rugs adds another layer to your interior design and lends complexity to an otherwise flat palette of colors. A rug with looped pile yarns or a combination of cut-pile and looped-pile yarns pairs beautifully with hardwood flooring.
You will drive yourself crazy trying to match an exact shade of red from your favorite throw pillow, and likely still end up with something not quite right. Instead, focus on secondary or tertiary colors in the pillow and match whole families of colors rather than specific ones.
If your rug is going to get a lot of foot traffic, consider rugs with condensed or repeating patterns in darker colors—they show less dirt and grime over time.
Rugs always look bigger on the rack, so you may have to place a displayed rug on the floor to see how it will actually look. It may sound a little inconvenient, but it saves you the hassle of returning the rug later, and really helps you visualize the final product.