Lebowski Style: 10 Rugs That Really Tie The Room Together

updated Oct 14, 2022
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We fill our rooms with furniture, throw pillows, blankets, books, art, light fixtures, hardware, and miscellaneous decorative objects. That’s a whole lot of look, but the perfect rug can bring it all together…


  1. Natalie and Kevin’s Perfect Parkdale Perch: This poppy rug manages to unite not just the other bright colors (the pillows, the bottles) but the neutral elements (orange-y wood floors, cream walls, charcoal couch) as well.
  2. Rachel & Brett’s “Resourcefully Chic” Family Home: Not only does this rug neatly distinguish the eating area from the rest of the room, it plays well with all of the orange, green, and yellow accents.
  3. Alexandra & Mike’s Bright and Colorful Family Nest: Not only is this long, narrow rug absolutely perfect for this space, it’s the perfect thing to bring together the colorful wall, planter, mixer, and even the flowers and lemons.
  4. Ava’s Bohemian Bedroom: Who knew a pink rug could be just the thing to make a room look so crisp and modern? This particular rug is almost the opposite of the white-with-pink-accents room in inhabits.
  5. Mark’s Comfortable Contemporary: I highly recommend you check out all of the photos of this room — the rug interacts with each wall completely differently, yet brings them all together so well.


6. Matthew’s Magical Woodland Wonderland: Here is proof that a rug need not be bright in order to unify a room. This irresistibly fuzzy specimen provides a calm center for the room’s many marvels.
7. Jessie & Jon’s Colorfully Collected Home: This crisp grey and white rug ties together all of the black-and-white art, frames, pillows, and lights.
8. Mike’s Surprising Student Studio: Mike’s immaculate sheepskin rug ties together all of the white elements in the room, including the couch cushions, chair, room divider, light, and even his shirts.
9. Irina’s Modern Xanadu: Okay, call me crazy, but I think this black-and-white rug both provides a neutral base for all of the colorful book jackets and references all of the black-and-white pages to be found within.
10. Erin & Rob’s Stylish & Glam Family Pad: This fluffy rug unifies the crisp black-and-white palette upon which all of the other design elements — gold, silver, marble, wood — rest.