When playing with different rug designs, color is the first element of design to consider. Think about the emotions you want your guests to experience when they enter the room. Instead of all neutral colors to make a tranquil space, use cool blues or soothing emerald shades depending on your style.
No matter what color you decide, make sure to stay with similar color tones and ranges within the room. Stay away from clashing pastels against primary colors.
Texture is an often overlooked aspect of a room, but its importance should not be ignored. The key to the right texture is draw attention without being a nuisance to the eye. Good texture should balance and flow. Don’t be afraid to incorporate different patterns and fabrics into your space. There are dozens of options to choose from like cozy wool to keep your feet warm, to classic Oriental or Persian.
A new trend in decorating is layering rugs. Layering is a perfect way to bring a large room together. You can use a wider rug with a basic pattern and add a smaller, more elaborate rug on top. Some designers are even layering three rugs for added texture.
Rug prints come in a variety of sizes, but you can categorize them in three general groups: large, medium, or small. Want to know the secret to mixing and matching prints? Pick prints that are different sizes. This may seem counterintuitive. But using several prints of the same size can make your room look busy and cluttered.
The shapes on a rug can evoke emotions similar to colors. Patterned rugs with rounded, curved shapes will have a different effect compared to proportional figures with straight edges. Use the patterns to your benefit to tie in with the overall theme.