Pattern Power Up: 5 Rug Styles That'll Bring on the Wow Factor

Pattern Power Up: 5 Rug Styles That'll Bring on the Wow Factor

Marlen Komar
Jun 19, 2017

From dinged up and well-worn hardwood floors to peeling linoleum, area rugs help us hide problem areas in a room without having to invest an arm and a leg to fix them up. But beyond their practicality, they can really make a huge design impact in a space. The only problem is, picking out a rug is a delicate art, anyone who stood in a rug aisle with their arms crossed and squinting helplessly at a particular option will know that. The following questions run through your mind: Is it worth the investment? Will the colors match my knick-knacks? Will it completely transform the room or is it just an unnecessary splurge? Well, we're here to help. If you're stuck on how to bring some major wow-factor to your room, read on for five types of rugs to try (and where to turn to get the look).

(Image credit: Old Brand New)

Rug to Try: Bright Geometrics

To really dazzle your visitors (and, more importantly, yourself!), try picking out a rug in a bright and playful color, like a lively green. The electric hue will pop and bring out different colors tucked away in the room (like the yellow in the paintings or the magenta in the pillow.) The geometric version seen here from Old Brand New keeps things bright yet modern.

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(Image credit: Cup of Jo)

Rug to Try: Saturated Ottoman-Style

To bring out the warmth from your wooden furniture, cozy up brass and copper accents, or juxtapose dark green plants, dusty ottoman-style rugs in rich maroons and reds are perfect to give your room an old-world feel, like in this dreamy space from Cup of Jo.

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(Image credit: New Darlings)

Rug to Try: Cozy Minimalist

If you don't want to fuss with colors or busy prints, try investing in one of these cozy, black and white patterned area rugs like the one seen in this room from New Darlings. The shag-like material adds amazing texture to the room, and the sparse, pencil-thin print adds a touch of interest without detracting from anything.

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(Image credit: My Domaine/Julia Brenner)

Rug to Try: Organically Shaped Cowhide

No matter your aesthetic, a small area rug made of cowhide will bring an interesting addition of texture, shape and warmth to your room. You can layer it on top of another rug (think of it splashed across an ottoman carpet!) or you can strategically place it underneath a chair or end table. They come in several neutral hues, such as black-and-white as seen here from My Domaine, tans, whites and everything in between.

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(Image credit: French by Design)

Rug to Try: Needle Thin Prints

If you have a lot of going on in your room, whether with furniture, knick-knacks, and/or other prints, then you might not necessarily want an equally busy rug. To help balance the room, try to choose one with needle thin patterns so it still adds personality to the space, but isn't the loudest voice. For instance, the subtle design on the rug in the room seen here from French By Design adds just enough visual interest to the space without being too neutral.

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As you can see, a rug can really spruce up a place, so don't be afraid to try something new and see if it's a game changer for your own room!

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