Beautiful Trends in Area Rugs for 2021
Do you feel that a particular room is missing something, but you’re not quite sure what? Well, perhaps a well-placed area rug may be exactly what your room needs.
You never realize just how much an area rug can make or break a room until you hit the carpet jackpot and get it oh-so-right. The right rug, whether small or large in size, softens wood or stone floors, adds texture, and balances color and pattern. Area rugs add warmth to a room which is especially important during the winters here in Michigan. They can make a room contemporary and modern, traditional and ethnic, or cozy and homey, and can even be the foundation of its look.
Whichever look appeals to you, however, there are plenty of choices this year. And they’re all gorgeous, so you’re sure to find something for every taste and purpose.
Here’s a look at the latest trends in area rugs.
- Layered carpeting – Layering a rug on top of another one is not a new idea, as the style has been around for a long time, but it’s certainly trendy right now. If done properly, layered carpeting can add a sense of luxury and depth to any room.
- Moroccan, Persian and Turkish rugs – Similar, but with important differences, Moroccan, Persian, and Turkish rugs have bold patterns and intricate designs that can add an upscale and antique look to your decor.
- Natural hues and materials – Rugs with natural, earthy hues made from natural materials or fibers are very popular now too thanks to greater environmental awareness. These rugs let you bring a bit of nature into your home.
- Vintage style – Rich with colors and patterns, vintage rugs are neither antique nor new, but they have become very popular in home decor in the last few years. Usually ranging between 25-50 years old, vintage rugs can add charm and character to any modern room.
- Custom Dhurrie rugs – Dhurrie rugs are made in India and surrounding regions. It is a handmade, flat weave rug made from natural fibers such as cotton, jute, silk, and wool. They are very durable and come in colorful and bold designs and motifs. They’re also reversible, so you essentially get two for the price of one.
- Patterned area rugs – Patterned rugs are stylish now, as well. Geometric shapes, colorful, and bold patterns can make any size or style room bright and beautiful. Put them in your entryway, living room, den, etc., – you’ll love this look anywhere.
- Woven jute rugs – As its name suggests, jute rugs are made from the jute plant, a plant native to India and Bangladesh. The popularity of jute rugs has also been inspired by greater environmental awareness, as they possess a cool, natural beauty as well as add elegance to your decor.
- Animal prints – The popularity of animal prints never seems to fully fade away, and that’s no less true for this year. Area rugs with animal prints add depth and texture to your living space. Look for animal prints in neutral colors that can match your existing decor.
- Round rugs – Round rugs, oval rugs, and even irregularly-shaped rugs make great statement pieces, add a bit of glamour to your decor, and are perfect for entryways and dining rooms.
Hints when looking for and buying an area rug
What materials are best for area rugs?
It’s recommended that you don’t skimp when it comes to purchasing a new area rug, as high quality natural fibers, like wool area rugs, are best for high-traffic areas but tend to be more expensive. Other plant-fiber rugs, such as jute and sisal, may cost less but they won’t wear as well. Super soft materials, like silk and cotton, are optimal for low-traffic areas like bedrooms and nurseries. Another quality to look for is how easy it is to clean each material, especially if you have children or pets.
What size area rug should I purchase?
As a general rule, it’s recommended you choose area rugs that are two feet shorter than the shortest wall in the room where they’ll be placed. For example, if your bedroom is 11-by-13 feet, limit your search to bedroom rugs that are no more than 9 feet long.
Of course, this rule may not work in certain circumstances, like dining room rugs or living room rugs. For a dining room, look for an area rug that extends at least 18 inches past the edge of your dining table so that the dining chairs will fit on top. A living room rug should help designate conversation areas and should be big enough so that the front third of each piece of furniture sits on top of the rug. If your living room or den is large enough to hold more than one conversation area, you might consider buying two or more living room area rugs.
What color area rug would look best in my space?
Consider your existing color scheme, decor and flooring before you buy. Here are a few color guidelines to keep in mind:
- Dark colors enhance intimate settings and disguise stains.
- Light colors enlarge small spaces and achieve that airy look we all love.
- As always with cool colors, teal and blue area rugs have a calming effect on spaces.
- For warm walls, try a rug in a subdued hue. A gray area rug never fails in a happy yellow or neutral beige room.
- If the room is lacking a focal point, go for a brighter option, like red or patterned area rugs.