5 Stylish Rug Trends to Kick Off 2015

The new year always brings in fresh trends, colors, and opportunity. Take advantage of it and think of it as a clean slate to branch out and try new colors in your home — you never know what you might fall in love with! Here are a few upcoming rug trends to keep in mind for 2015:

1. Botanical and Earthy Pattern

Rugs with subtle earthy patterns and floral themes are on the rise. For a room with muted tones, choose a rug that will stand out or complement the dominant colors in that space.

_DSC5986bThe light blue in the above photo is a complementary color to the dark brown furniture, throw, and floor. This causes the blue rug to pop out without overpowering the furniture.

2. Renaissance Colors

Renaissance patterns combine the perfect mixture of beige, maroon, green, and hints of blue. They add a strong accent to any room and look beautiful as a hallway focal point or a sophisticated addition to a dining room or a living room.

The contrast between the hard tile floor and the soft rug creates a beautifully antique feel that will pair well with dark cherry woods and golden decorations. 

3. Bold Shapes and Colors

Carpets and rugs with bold shapes will never go out of style. They are a staple for any household with a modern edge to it and they are sure to catch the eye of your guests.

Since most modern styled rooms are daring, rugs with bold patterns on an understated backdrop work well. Experimenting with contemporary rooms is fun; allow yourself to take risks.

3. Warm Colors

Warm colors add a comfortable and hospitable feel to any space. The deep red area rug foils the cool blue tiles and lively seating area in what would otherwise be a very barren room.

Look for dark reds, deep oranges, or mustard yellow area rugs to add to your office, library, or workspace. These colors are not only the primary warm colors, but they are also known to promote productivity and concentration; therefore they are ideal for office environments.

5. Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are becoming a very common addition to patios and porches. They tie together your outdoor furniture and create the illusion of a separate space.

During the summer, nautical patterns colors such as light tan, navy blue, and green pair well with common deck furniture. If you’re going for a more rustic look, experiment with deep reds and olive greens.

Guests are sure to notice these easy changes to your interior and exterior. Do not be afraid to take a risk when it comes to your rugs, just a simple color change can make all the difference to your space.

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Area Rug

area_rug_1What’s your budget?

Rugs are an investment and it’s important to know what kind of investment you are able to make. When thinking about your budget it’s crucial that you understand what influences the price of an area rug. These factors include material, complexity of design, number of colors used, dying technique, knot count, and age and condition if it is an antique rug.

What are you going for?

On a room-by-room basis, determine the look you want to create on your budget. Think about why you are buying an area rug. Do you want it to minimize sound, comfort, or style? Answering these questions will help you decide what factors are most important to you while shopping.

How important is durability?

If you have children, pets, or your placing your area rug in a high traffic area, durability will be important. How well a carpet stands up to wear, and how tolerant it is to cleaning and maintenance, are important indicators of quality. Handmade rugs, especially ones made of wool are known for durability.

What size is right for you?

Typically, you want an area rug that is big enough to put the front legs of your furniture on the rug or one that is big enough to completely put your furniture on it. Choosing the right size is essential because a rug that is too small can make a room feel uninviting and a rug that is too big can make a room feel smaller. To get it right, try out different sizes with area rugs from other rooms in your home. You can even use paper or another material to make a fake, temporary rug to get a feel of the size you want.

Have you considered color and design?

The design personality and color of the rug selected will achieve the look you are going for.  Design determines the mood of the room. For example, formal rugs can anchor a room with a calming effect while fun patterns create a laid back atmosphere. Bold medallions make a dramatic statement while elegant fine lines have a pleasing effect. Colors also help achieve your desired look. Pure colors are more formal and elegant, while Abrash (the blending of two or more colors) creates a broader color pallet and can be easier to decorate with