Rugs in dining rooms offer a chance to play with color, texture and pattern while also defining the dining area from its surrounding areas. For a classic touch, consider low-maintenance, flat weave rugs. Thin and light-weight, the rugs can simply be walked outside and beaten with a broom for a quick dusting.
This white, modern table is perfect for a small dining set up or breakfast space. The polished finish is a contrast to the faded pattern look of the area rug below. Upholstered hexagon stools compliment the colors in the rug.
Those playful patterns and vibrant colors continue out onto the terrace, where a bright orange area rug softens the wood flooring. The space also includes an outdoor table and matching chairs, with a pitcher and two glasses waiting at the ready for guests.
Mixing a modern rock influence with timeless style, this living room features a beautiful neural and black color scheme and an array of textures creating intrigue throughout the space. Black chairs surround a circular coffee table over a large, diamond-pattern area rug. An intricate, unique art piece is mounted above the decorative, traditional mantle displaying the juxtaposition of styles.
Low lighting creates a calm look over this den. Deep orange accent pillows add a pop of color to the gray couch and matching arm chair. A neutral and gray area rug aligns with the neutral-toned floor while adding a touch of pattern to the solid tones. A set of four blue chairs near built in bookshelves creates a cozy reading or relaxing sitting space.
A gray-brown sectional faces a pair of neutral armchairs with nailhead trim finish in this inviting living room. An area rug covers the majority of the floor space blending the open floor section in the middle of the room with the rest of the design. Patterned curtains add a touch of yellow accent echoed subtly in the mix of throw pillows.
Though dominated by neutral walls, furniture and floors, this transitional living room is anything but bland or boring. Rather, an abundance of patterned pillows decorate the tufted sofas and pull some visual interest into the space, while a striped area rug below enlivens the hardwood floors.
A bright coral-colored X-bench dresses up this living room. A trellis-patterned area rug defines the sitting area, which also includes a light-colored Chesterfield-style sofa flanked by matching side tables. The gallery wall behind the sofa draws the eye up to visually expand the space.
Pale blue walls serve as the backdrop for this cheery gender-neutral nursery. A chandelier adds sparkle over the crib, which sits below an octopus triptych. A blue armchair provides a cozy seat, while a red trellis-patterned area rug ties in the throw pillow and canvas storage bin.
Throw pillows in blue and yellow liven up this traditional living room’s overall neutral color palette. Designer Kristen Hutchins layered a patterned wool rug over a simpler jute rug, and says the key to layering rugs is making sure the larger, main rug is neutral. "If you start out with a larger, neutral rug as the base, you can add a fun, patterned rug to define just the seating area,” she says.
Area rugs can instantly make any outdoor space feel more inviting. To add softness underfoot just outside the door, a patterned indoor-outdoor rug is added. The hues in the rug also tie in with the gray, black, forest-green and cranberry color scheme.
After catching up in the living room, the owners and their guests can move into the dining area. Here, a caged chandelier brightens the space, while a long wood table offers plenty of room for glasses and plates. A contemporary area rug softens the floor below and brings a little visual interest to the space as well.