Trend Alert: Abstract Patterns

Some people choose an area rug for practical reasons, for warmth, comfort, etc. But, a rug can be much more for a room. A rug can be a way of incorporating art into a space. If you’re looking for a piece of art for your floor, then one of the trendiest patterns might be best for you. The abstract pattern is one of the hottest rug patterns of today and it also makes for a great piece of modern art.


Abstract rugs are defined by their asymmetrical patterns. Incorporating any and all colors and being some of the most eclectic rugs, these artistic pieces can work just about anywhere. They are made to evoke unconscious feelings just as all art is made to do, which is perhaps the most intriguing part about abstract rugs. They truly capture attention.


If you are shopping for an abstract area rug, you should tackle it the same way you would tackle shopping for any abstract artwork. Just look for what interests you. These rugs are often the foundation for a room, the focal point. So, it’s often best to work the design of your room around these rugs instead of the reverse. These contemporary patterns work best in round rugs, runners, or small rectangles as accent rugs.


Abstract rugs are not simply a background for your furniture. They are the star of the show! These rugs will stand out as the pieces of art that they are.

Rug Shapes and How to Use Them

Traditionally, area rugs are rectangular. These shapes work well with typical furniture and room layout. They’re beautiful, practical, and a sure bet. But, if you’re in the mood to try something a little outside the box, the rectangular rug may not be what you’re looking for. You may want to consider a circle or an oval, a square, or something entirely different to get a unique feel. But the trick is getting this right. Because these shapes aren’t as common, we’re not as familiar with how to incorporate them seamlessly. But with a few tips, they’ll look flawless in your home.

Circle/Oval Area Rugs: These rugs tend to evoke an informal feel in a room. For that reason they are best suited for a kid’s room, mudroom, or an oddly shaped space. They also work really well in a square room! Incorporate them into a room that you feel lacks visual appeal or into a room that feels claustrophobic. They can actually trick the eye into thinking that a room is larger than it is!


Square Area Rugs: Although they may seem very similar, square rugs can work very differently when compared to rectangular rugs. For example, one of the best uses of a square rug is under a square or circular dining table. A rectangular rug would look a bit off in a spot like this, but a square rug creates a much more cohesive look. Square rugs are also the obvious choice in a square room or square entry way where, again, a rectangular rug might look a little out of place.


Don’t shy away from less traditional area rug shapes, because they may just be what your room is lacking!