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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Rugs

What a difference a rug makes.

Of course we all know that a rug anchors a room.  It provides correspondence between different pieces of furniture, and groups them all together.  

Although there are a ridiculous amount of options to choose from (something for everyone, right?), I’m partial to just two kinds: neutral and simple graphic patterns.

To me they are fail safe – you can’t really go wrong.

NEUTRAL RUGS – white or cream (…I know some of you are cringing at the thought of light colors, but just go with me on this one), or even various shades of natural woven fibers (jute, sisal, etc) will almost always do the trick.

A nice light rug will tie together any space, create a visual break in a colorful palette, or provide the soft finishing touch to your grouping of furniture

SIMPLE GRAPHIC RUGS – mostly only using two colors (one generally being white) with a simple (I repeat…SIMPLE) pattern like a stripe or a lattice, can provide interest to a neutral palette or (much like a light neutral rug) it can have a unifying effect on on a design that incorporates a lot of different patterns.

My own living room is an example of this.  The large stripe actually grounds the other patterns I have in the space (geometric and more organic).  I have also taken the black of the stripe, and repeated the color in different areas of the room – a black leather box on the coffee table, black garden stools, etc.  This way I’m creating that correspondence between different areas of my space.

Today I’m taking inspiration from my own home to show you how versatile these types of rugs are, and how I’ve styled them.   Next week I’ll follow up with how you could style them in a few completely different ways!


My tv room right now.  I’m using a neutral rug to unify all of the colors and textures in the space…



In my own living room, I’m using Crate and Barrel’s Olin rug to anchor the space and balance all the multiple patterns in my modern/bohemian design…


What are your favorite types of rugs to use in design?


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love that tv room!

    March 28, 2013
  2. I love the black and white striped rug.
    I love graphic patterned rugs and I recently started using indoor/outdoor rugs everywhere because they are so easy to clean!

    March 29, 2013
  3. kristinfrombliss #

    I think a rug can make or break a room. I love a bold graphic pattern 🙂 xo Kristin

    April 2, 2013

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