Style and Texture: Tips & tricks to find the perfect rug for your home - The Catwalk Rugs Journal

Colours or Neutrals

"Colour or Neutrals"

Colours are, well.. colours!
Taupe, beige, ivory, black, gray, and white are all neutral colours.

Silk Lane Multi Colour Rug

So which rug colour scheme should you pick? Here's three tips on how to do it.

1. In a previous post we mentioned the colour wheel, which is a great first step in determining which colours will compliment each other.

2. Don't mix certain colours together.
For example, black goes with a lot of things, but generally don't pair it with navy blue, or brown. White and cream usually don't mix all that well.

Brown and gray should normally be avoided too!

3. Neutrals can be used to enhance your pre-existing colour. If you have a room heavy in colour already, then think about going neutral or if you're lacking colour - go with a bolder rug.

Rug layering tips and tricks

Layering is trending. Why? Because it opens up new doors. You'd be amazed what can be achieved with some skillful rug layering and can be the solution to tricky colour combinations.

Keep in mind that in layering you'll be mostly working with the thinner flatweave rugs.

multi colour black rug corner shot close up

Texture

If you have a neutral toned rug, the easiest way to add texture to a room is placing a sheepskin layer on top of that rug. They're usually non intrusive to existing design, blend easily, and add a fluffy texture. Perfect for the bedroom!

Contrast

Pattern on pattern, colour on colour. If you have two separate looks, patterns or colours going on in a room then you can work with them both by using some creative layering.

Mixing up rugs with similar patterns/materials, yet having different colours can yield impressive results!

Texture and Pile

Texture and pile define the style

 

ColourTexture buttons, layering and finally texture.
Texture is an important element in design that's often overlooked when choosing a rug to buy.

Flat Weave Rug
Easy to clean and easy to work with. Due to being made from wool or natural fibre, they're also eco-friendly.

If you want to try your hand at rug layering, these are your main tools.
Flat weaves do have texture but have short to no pile, so their textural impact is more subtle.

Shaggy Rug
The Shaggy Rug is the nuclear textural option.

If your space is lacking a lot of texture, your bring out one of these babies to make sure the job gets done right. They'll also add a certain warm and cosy element to a room too. Some may imagine that due to their long piles they're a little difficult to clean. We recommend giving them a good shake down outside once every couple of months, along with regular vacuuming.

Loop Pile
Loop Pile rugs have a special attribute. Rugs with this quality can be carved, sculptured, and given a 3D type of effect by raising certain parts of the rug slightly higher than others. This allows you to actually feel the patterns on the rug! This also makes them very effective at adding some texture to a room by creating a stronger visual impact.

January 23, 2017 — Ian Reichman

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