Whatever your home decor style, area rugs are a must-have for any space. They can make or break your look. They serve to ground and balance your room and they can make a defining statement about the room they’re in. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends in area rugs so that you can pull your space together with the confidence of someone who has their finger on the pulse of home design.
1 – VINTAGE LOOK Well-loved, well-worn heirloom rugs are all the rage. But if you don’t have the budget for a pricey vintage rug, you can achieve the same look with some of the fabulous distressed options on the market. Look for softer, earthy tones throughout to hit the perfect vintage notes.
2 – TWO-TONE GEOMETRIC Geometric area rug designs have moved beyond just modern decor, and two- tone geometric looks have definitely hit the mainstream. You’ll find these strong patterns in traditional, farmhouse, and transitional homes as well. For this look, it’s all about balancing the tonal variation between the colors. A more stark color contrast can make the rug your focal point, a less stark contrast can make your rug the foundation of a fabulous room.
3 – FAUX COWHIDE Yes, cowhide and pony hair rugs are back with a vengeance! The faux option is where it’s at for this funky design statement. These rugs can make a powerful statement or add a touch of whimsy to most design styles. This rug deserves to be put it in a spot where it’s mostly exposed for highest impact.
4 – MONOCHROME This simple area rug style is the best foundation for a monochromatic room design. It works best with white and earth tones, but the only real limit to this trend is your imagination. The great thing about monochrome rugs is that they are often the least expensive option per square foot that you can find. No matter how you slice it, monochrome area rugs are a smart trend.
5 – KILIM Kilim rugs are so popular they’re being used as more than rugs these days. You can find them used to upholster furniture, cover pillows, or even used as bedding. Often known as Turkish or Persian rugs, Kilim rugs have no pile and are famous for their geometric woven designs. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The traditional flat-woven technique of Kilim rugs has been used for centuries. Another great option for a flat woven rug is a Dhurrie – they are made in India and typically have geometric patterns in more subdued colors than Kilim rugs.
6 – TRADITIONAL Traditional hand-knotted pile rugs are nothing new, but they’re showing up more and more in modern decor. At home in almost any design style from traditional, to modern, to industrial, traditional rugs ground your room with their sense of place and history. They also soften what might otherwise be a cold or sterile look. So don’t be afraid to use a traditional rug in an eclectic space!
7 – FLAT WOVEN RUGS Although Kilim rugs, as mentioned above, are typically flat-woven, virtually any other design can be purchased with pile or as flat woven rug. Flat woven rugs are very popular right now because they are extremely easy to clean. A shag rug, for example, with its very deep pile, can be a trap for a lot of dirt and hair. No matter what your style, whether modern, transitional, Southwest, traditional, farmhouse or industrial (to name a few), you can find a rug from flat woven to high pile.
To have a complete look in every room, it’s important to remember the window treatments, pillows, art, accessories and of course, the rug! It can be overwhelming so it’s always best to contact an interior designer for guidance in achieving your perfect space!