One question I’ve been asked by several readers is, “How do I coordinate area rugs in an open floor plan?” This is a design dilemma shared by many people. In an open floor plan, you don’t have walls to distinguish the various spaces or zones in a home. Therefore, area rugs are an important design element for open plans because they offer a way to define individual spaces and anchor furniture without the need for walls.
I look at decorating a home as an expression of personal style and creativity. Therefore, I don’t believe there is only one set of rules that need to be followed. In this post, I’m offering some options on how to coordinate area rugs if you have an open floor plan, but use them as inspiration for your open space. From there, choose what you like and don’t worry about breaking any “rules.” It’s your home. Make it a place you love!
TIPS TO COORDINATE AREA RUGS
1 The easiest way to coordinate multiple rugs is to have them match. This separates the spaces while creating harmony. It’s a classic option that is pretty much no-fail as long as the color of the rugs coordinates with the rest of your decor.
2 Another easy option is to use two solid rugs in coordinating colors. This works best when one is a neutral color, but can also be used to reinforce your color scheme. A bold contrast such as black and white or navy and white can add high drama.
3 An option that is simple to coordinate but allows you more choices is to use one patterned rug and have the other solid. When selecting the solid rug, pull out one of the colors from the patterned rug so that they coordinate and work well together.
4 A little more daring option is to use two different patterns in the same style. The patterns should have a similar color palette. This is most successful when the patterns share a dominant color such as blue, green, red, etc. This option works very well when mixing oriental style rugs.
5 If you’re ready to play a little more with pattern, you could go with two different patterns but each in a different style. To make it work, though, the patterns must be complementary. And both rugs should share at least one or two of the same colors, otherwise you risk them clashing. For example, you could have one rug with a floral pattern and have a lattice pattern on the second rug.
The most important thing to remember when coordinating area rugs in an open floor plan is that they should share a similar color palette or at least have one or two colors in common. Color is the key element that will create harmony in your open floor plan.
In our new course Style Your Home Masterclass, we have a whole lesson on area rugs because they’re such a versatile and critical element to use in decorating. If you want to learn proper rug size and placement, as well as the most common mistakes people make when choosing area rugs, be sure to check it out.
If your open floor plan has been lacking a feeling of coziness or simply hasn’t looked “finished,” I hope these tips help!