17 Gorgeous Area Rug Looks

Area rugs are often the unsung heroes of home decor. We all dream of gleaming hardwood floors, or stunning stone tile, but when we get those dream floors, we often learn we need a little cushion and warmth in our living spaces and then the search for the perfect area rug begins.

Choosing the right area rug for your space is half science, half art. You need a rug that fits. It has to work within the dimensions of your room not just physically, but visually. There are rugs that become the center of attention, giving your room flair and panache, and there are quiet rugs that serve to underpin your style and decor choices. Then there are rugs that do a bit of both. Whether your tastes run toward classic, timeless Persian rugs or toward more modern, abstract looks — or something in between — the best advice is to look for something that “feels” right in your room. A rug that somehow marries all the pieces in your space together.

How do you do that? Shop! It’s a good idea to look at what other people have done with rugs in their spaces to try to get a better idea of what might work for you. We’ve gathered seventeen gorgeous area rug looks to help you get a sense of your own area rug tastes.


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1 – Overdyed look

Overdyed rugs were originally well-worn traditional rugs on which the colors had faded. They were given new life with a fresh dye job in a bright or rich color. Only a single color could be used, but the effect was always that the new dye would combine with the original multi-colored areas in interesting ways giving a different and often very pleasing look to an old rug. Now, the overdyed look is done intentionally with new rugs where they are dyed or woven to create the effect.


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2 – Herringbone

People often think of larger patterns, prints, or designs when they think of area rugs, but they can also be created with softer, smaller patterns more often seen on clothing textiles. Herringbone is a case-in-point for this look which gives a subtle, luxe look to any room and can really set off a delightful textural feel.


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3 – Narrow stripes

This sort of rug look can be as loud or as subtle as you like. Shown here with playful, vibrant stripes, the rug makes this bright foyer sing. With earth tones, or lower contrast colors, an entirely different sort of mood can be achieved. Stripes can also be used to lengthen or shorten a room or space depending on how they’re used, or to draw the eye to a particular focal point — or even away from a less-than-desirable feature. Narrow stripes are an excellent choice to create textural interest on floors with very little variation in shade or texture, like solid toned tile.

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