How to choose the right

colour for your rug:

the ultimate guide


Are you having trouble picking the right colour for your area rug? The rug colour can alter the entire feel of a room, so be sure to select your colour carefully. The good news is that Online Tapijten has made it easier than ever with our ultimate guide. On our website and in our showroom we only sell the top-selling area rugs, with the best colours and textures. Colour is often the hardest decision for our customers. It can be tough to visualise it in the living room, room and bathroom.

For a living room with perfect interior decoration, most designers will tell you that you need a rug. If you want to give personality to your space, a colour change can have a dramatic effect, and sometimes even though a change is what you desire, it can be a bit scary. Generally speaking, light and neutral colours rugs make the room look large while dark rugs with dark walls give the room an elegant appearance. But don’t worry, we are here to help you out.

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The First thing to consider:

the importance of your lifestyle

Considering what is your lifestyle and how room will be used are huge con- siderations in choosing a rug colour. For example, a household with kids and pets doesn't usually lend itself well to white and neutral rugs, which can show dust more easily.

Then, which part of the room decor should you think about first, when choosing a rug?

There are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea to have an area rug in a liv- ing room or family room. You don’t have to limit yourself to a single rug par room. In the living areas, it can give added value to your space. For example, you can use multiple rugs to define different areas in the living room.

Thinking about this room, one suggestion could be to choose the sofa colour first. In this case, it can be difficult to choose the rug in the first place and then find a sofa that has an appropriate colour palette.

The same logic can be applied in other rooms, such as bedrooms. Choose the rugs colour first, since bedding is relatively easy to change, you may want to select the wall paint colour first and the rug before choosing the bed covering.


Then, think about its maintenance

Consider cleaning professionally once par year your Medium-to-high pile rugs should to properly to remove dust, hair, and any allergens. Instead, instead taken outside to be shaken out your low-pile and flatweave rugs.Vacuum them regularly to reduce dirt accumulation.

If you are not sure where to start when it comes to deciding on the colour of your new rug, we wrote some tips and suggestions to help you out.

Here are our 5 suggestions on how to choose your carpet colour wisely:


Decide a theme:

Neutral Colours, warm or cool colours.

There is a reason why neutral colours are the best sellers for rugs. They never get out of style!

Black, white, and earth tones are well-known for their versatility and aesthetic quality. Unless you have the resources to replace your rugs very often about the new trends, you are best to keep the colour neutral as it works with multiple styles. Current trends favour neutrals in earthy tones including warm grays and beige.

In the case of warm walls, consider earth tone colours: beige, grey,cream. If you have cool walls, think of a cooler-coloured rug. If you need a solution for both tones, greige in some cases can be an excellent neutral colour that works well in both.

Rugs can have a big impact on a room, and bright colours in a large ex- panse can be overpowering.

We suggest you use the brighter or bolder colours in other, less expensive elements of the room: paint on the walls, cushions on the sofa, bedding, and smaller pieces of decoration. This could be the opposite in case you have neutral decor and you want eventually your area rugs with bold patterns to stand out.

Neutrals don’t have to be boring. To make sure your rugs still has per- sonality despite the neutral colour, you can pick the right texture . Friezes or cut and loop styles provide character to your carpet without turning it into the focal point of the room.

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Pick a rug colour that complements your existing furniture and design.

Your area rug should match everything!

Using existing features such as furniture in your room is a great way to pin down colour choices.

Choosing a shade that matches with other elements of the room can make your interior decoration look cohesive.


Work on contrasts to create an elegant space

To create an elegant and minimal space, you do not want to make your new rug match the wall colour or flooring. You would want instead to pick a rug colour that coordinates with the home and shares the same colour palette.


Make a choice between Lighter and Darker colours

Undecided about picking Lighter or darker colours for your space?

The great thing about light colours is their ability to make the room feel larger. Choosing a light or neutral shade can make your space appear bigger. This is the case for example if you are putting a rug in a small room or a room without a lot of natural light, consider using a neutral shade for the room.

However, if your room has a lot of natural light, the colour of the rug will look mostly the same as shown on the website. A white or neutral rug may look great in a formal sitting area that's not used much.

The darker colours are great for hiding dirt and spills from kids. If you're adding rug to a dark room, it could be that it might look a few shades darker than expected. In rooms with traditional decoration, a light carpet provides a sense of luxury. You can also select taupe, sand, beige, tan, or light grey rugs for a standard option.

Choose a multi-coloured area rug if you want to hide dust, dirt and stains. Select one that has 3 different tones, that would be efficient for that purpose.

For example, go with a dark brown, medium brown, and tan blend to cover your living room floors. This way, you won’t notice pet hair, dirt, or debris as easily.

Keep in mind that very light and very dark colours show far more un- desirable debris than mid-tones. While a dark colour may be great at hiding stains, it will show lint and dust. A rug that is neither too light nor too dark will be the best colour for masking these. If the room is not used often, the rug colour will stay intact for a long time and a light colour might work well.

However, if you have children or pets, you may be worried about them tracking footprints. This way, the stains or marks will be less noticeable.

Select a coloured rug to create a personalised space, in case of children’s room for example. Colourful rug is not for everyone, but it can add a unique touch. Pick a red, blue, green, pink, or red carpet if you want to customise your living room or bedroom.

A dark-coloured rug can make the room look modern, warm and wel- coming. But remember that in general, dark rugs make rooms look smal- ler. For instance, charcoal, dark brown, or slate-grey coloured rug can be trendy. Select darker colours for high-traffic areas, that will help you dealing with dust, and wear and tear don’t show up as easily.



Choose a different texture rug if you want a cozy and luxurious op- tion.

We know that trends may change over the years, at Online Tapijten we are there to guide you and be sure that the colour you love today will still be a passe-partout in the future.

Since 1907,Online Tapijten, has offered its customers inspiration, expertise and unique area rugs.

Our experts are always available to share their know-how! Call us to fix an appointment in our showroom. Or check on our website to see the full collection.

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