How to Choose a Contemporary Rug

Contemporary rugs are the perfect complement to a modern living space, but with the variety of choice out there on the market today it can be hard to know where to start looking. Many contemporary rugs are characterized by their bold colours and geometrical shapes, whereas others are minimalist and styled in muted tones, giving a drastically different look.

With all this variety, there is no wonder it is hard to choose. Along with browsing online stores and looking through home decor catalogues for inspiration, here are a few tips that will help you make the right choice for your interior.

When choosing a modern rug, the colour is critically important. As mentioned above, one of the most popular modern looks inside the home is the use of bright and bold colours, sometimes used dramatically and abundantly, and sometimes used sparingly in little splashes.

If you already have a room with lots of colour that is quite ‘busy’ to look at, the last thing you want is to add another distracting element to the mix. If your room already has a lot going on in it decoration-wise, it is advisable to stick with contemporary rugs in a single colour, in a neutral tone or a shade that matches colours that already exist in your space.

Contemporary rugs are great at doing this compared to traditional rugs, which often grab attention with their intricate designs and their inherent ‘character’, especially vintage rugs. Their modern counterparts, however, are excellent at blending into their surroundings when you need them to.

On the other hand, you may want a beautiful rug to provide an eye-catching centrepiece to your room. This works well in a space that has very neutral contemporary decor – such as white walls and neutral-tone furniture – as the vibrancy of a striking modern rug in the middle of a room can add style, character, and bring all the decor together.

There are many fantastic designs of abstract and artistic contemporary rugs on the market today, using bold colours and intriguing patterns to captivate and raise the style factor of any room. If you want your rug to stand out, do not forget to choose one in an adequate size as to draw attention, yet not overwhelm or underwhelm onlookers.

A good size for a rug – whether traditional or modern – is one that fits your seating area. This is for style as well as practicality; when you are sitting down on your sofa or armchair, you want you feet to be on fabric, rather than a cold, hard floor. Ideally, the furniture in your seating area should be fully on your rug, although if this is not possible, just the front legs will do.

An important factor to remember is that your rug should match the shape of the furniture that is on it. A round coffee table and seating area is a stunning contemporary look, and it is best to complete it with a round rug. On the other hand, a rectangular seating area and coffee table look great with a rectangular rug oriented in the same direction.

In addition to thinking carefully about colour and size, you should also consider texture when selecting from a range of contemporary rugs. Modern manufacturing processes and materials have given us more choice than ever before to choose a texture that suits our décor, and this means great things in terms of creativity when it comes to interior design.

Try juxtaposing different textures of contemporary rugs with other furniture in your space, such as a fluffy pile rug with a smooth and sleek leather 3-piece suite. These contrasts can provide interest, style and originality to your home.

Choosing contemporary rugs for your interior doesn’t have to be tricky – just remember to consider colour, size and texture when browsing products in order to rapidly narrow down your selection and find the ideal addition to your home decor.