If there is a single item that can seamlessly pull all the different elements of your decorating scheme together, it's the right type of area rug. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
For a room with a coastal decorating theme we recommend an airy rug featuring the blue of the ocean combined with a light, neutral color such as gray, beige or white. Florals or soft stripes can make the ideal pattern for a venue with a coastal decorating scheme.
If your lounge or dining room has a rustic theme, there are two words that immediately come to mind when searching for the right rug: 'natural' and 'neutral'. Go for natural fibers such as jute, cotton, bamboo or seagrass. And keep the colors neutral and earthy, for example beige, brown or ivory.
Glam decorating schemes offer a mix of an upmarket, airy feel and glittering metals, luxurious fabrics and shiny accessories to create an elegant and refined ambiance. Popular colors here include white, ivory, charcoal, and turquoise. Although patterns are not taboo, mono-colors are very popular. If you do go for a pattern, something like a simple geometric pattern will look more at home than e.g. a floral design. Hand-tufted wool is a good choice for this type of rug.
Contemporary decorating schemes are defined by subtle sophistication, simplicity and clean lines. Geometric patterns and hand-tufted wool are popular choices here, as well as abstract patterns, stripes and handwoven flat-weave wool.
Scandinavian decor is known for its clean straight lines. Area rugs that are black, gray or white are excellent choices for this type of decorating style. If they are accented with minimal designs such as stripes or geometric patterns, they can look really classy. Handmade tufted or braided wool, flat-weave cotton, and faux sheepskin are popular choices here.
This style of decoration is orderly, calm and predictable. There is nothing even remotely chaotic or wild about a traditional room. If this sounds like your home, think of a vintage Persian rug, perhaps with muted floral colors. A Moroccan shag rug will also not look out of place, as would a traditional hand knotted Pakistan wool rug.
If your budget doesn't stretch that far, don't panic. Natural fibers such as jute, cotton or sisal can also create that warm, earthy look - at a fraction of the cost. And although synthetic fibers might not be quite as durable, a good quality viscose, nylon or polyester rug can go a long way to create that same timeless elegance without breaking the bank.
The bottom line is that the area rug you buy should not just be seen as a floor cover. It should also say something about your home, your lifestyle, your family, your pets and yourself.