2 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Rug for Where You Entertain

No matter the space, rugs always make great focal points and can be the difference between feeling comfortable or uncomfortable in your room. Living rooms are generally the most utilized rooms in your house for when you have guests over, so you want them to be welcoming and light, while exemplifying your style and personality. Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect rug for your entertaining space:

1. Mind the Surface

Will your rug be on top of hardwood, tile, or a carpet? Will it be on top of a light or dark toned surface? These are the types of questions you want to ask yourself before bringing home a new rug. The surface that your rug is on can make all the difference! It is important to always put a rug pad underneath your rug to protect the wood or tiles.

For hardwood floors, focus on whether you have light wood or dark wood. Rugs with light blue shades look beautiful with light wood floors. Hints of gold, yellow, or light brown colors in your rug can bring out the natural texture and contrast in your wood floor. This will make both your floor and rug look great!

Layering has become a huge trend among designers because it can help to create a separate space within an open floor plan or a large room. For those just moving into a space and currently without many accessories, layering can help your space to feel smaller and cause the eye to focus on a certain area of the room. If you are layering on top of a carpet it is crucial to work the base color of your rug with the color of your carpet. You want to either match the base colors together or find a rug that has ornamental designs with the same color.

Rugs and tiles work together seamlessly. Regardless of the tile color, rugs with red and warm colors complement the natural tones in tile floors.

If you are looking for a way to really modernize your space, interior designers are falling in love with matching their rugs to the pattern of their tiles. This trend focuses on shape and abstract design.

2. Accessorize

Accessories can make or break the overall tone and ambience in any room. You can use them to bring out colors and tones in your rugs and furniture. Pops of bright reds in flowers or decorative throws can move your eye from one side of the room to another.

Note the red flowers on the mantel. They are positioned so that the eye is drawn to the red pillow and then the red in the rug. This room is layered with color and texture to balance each other and bring attention to the decorative rug on the floor. Once you have found the perfect rug for your surface, work with your accessorize to bring out your personality and the tones within the rug. This will pull your room together and give your room the final touch it needs.

By following these tips, you are sure to find a rug that will work well on any surface and within any size space.

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.