Part VII: Rug + Room

via Design Milk + Surya Harput

You know those times when a room looks incredible, but one little thing is missing that you can’t put your finger on? Sometimes that thing is a rug. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a legit interior designer or someone who likes to play at being one in their spare time, facts are facts. Rooms need texture and defined spaces to look and feel complete. Let’s check out five rug-less spaces that could go up a livability level with the addition of a little something underfoot.

First up, this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen and dining area that could use a little space delineation. By bringing in a rectangular rug in colors that already exist in the room’s palette you can already breathe easier. The traditional pattern gives a nod to a Scandi farmhouse vibe, while the colors within it stay muted and in the background so as not to overwhelm the simplicity of the space.


Don’t you just want to crawl under that massive pile of bedcovers and hibernate? I definitely do, but I’d also like something nice to set foot on once I wake up from my long winter’s nap. I’d pull this artsy and abstract rug into the space in a large size that would fit under the bed with space to spare on both sides for an extra layer of warmth.


I’m all about interiors that make a space feel light and airy, but without a rug in this entry it feels a bit empty. This is another case of relying on the existing color palette to avoid overwhelming an area with a rug that immediately draws your eye downward and keeps it there. The creams, whites, and greys translate perfectly to this round beauty that will help give the entryway an open yet welcoming vibe.

Cement floors can be incredibly chic, but without some distinction in this space they just feel cold. (And with that beauty of a fireplace it should be anything but!) I’d add this graphic floor rug under and in front of the couch to bring some pattern into the picture and cozy up the sitting area without distracting from what’s obviously a gorgeous view outside those massive windows.

Rugs in the kitchen can be controversial, but I’m all for them! Pretreating and spot removal are no big deal, and I always feel like a floor rug makes the space that everyone naturally gravitates toward that much more welcoming. The clean lines in this kitchen, paired with touches like that lovely chalkboard, are asking for a little something extra. This rug holds true to the aesthetic that’s already been outlined and manages to make me want to spend hours chatting there even more.

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Part VI: Rug + Room | Dining Rooms


Sometimes it doesn’t matter how beautifully a room is designed, without a floor rug it just feels like something is missing. The perfect rug has the power to be a unifying force as well as a soft layer beneath your feet, and there are few rooms more demanding than the dining room. It’s a space that’s part cozy and part utilitarian which means the right rug needs to be as well.

The warm burgundies and golds in this fringed rectangular Karastan have just what the design doctor ordered, warm tones to pull together the floor and farm tables as well as some darker areas that will tie in those chairs.


The right rug won’t stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll fit right in like a member of the family. This one is stunning, with plenty of grey to balance out those pops of vibrant color so that it won’t overwhelm this otherwise neutral dining space. I’d bring it in to add some dimension to that already beautiful table and chairs.


Who says a rug has to be a rectangle? Not us! A circular one is perfect fit for a round dining table, particularly when space is at a premium. This dark grey beauty is art in its own right, adding an unexpected area of graphic interest to a sparsely designed area.


Let’s do another one! I very much love both the 6-person table and the art on display in this dining area, but think it could be punched up one step further. This rich golden rug would blend in oh so well with all of that warm wood, adding another level of design depth to what is already a fantastic space.


Even more than circular rugs, square rugs aren’t utilized nearly enough in my opinion. Put one under your traditional 4-seat dining table to mix things up and make it interesting! I’d use this green and cream chevron one to pick up on that incredible window full of greenery that looks to take up an entire wall. Bring the outdoors in!

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Part V: Rug + Room

One of my favorite parts of decorating is adding those textural touches that make people stop and stare. A pillow here, a throw blanket over there, and yes most definitely a rug on the floor. While it’s completely possible for a room to look pulled together without one, it definitely feels better underfoot with.

I love this little dining area with a small table featuring hairpin legs and industrial-style chairs. Morning coffee would be so cozy perched upon those sheepskins, the light just pouring through the window. I’d keep the bright, serene feeling that’s happening by adding a rug full of watery blues, grey, and whites.


If you have the space I’m a firm believer in adding a floor rug in the bathroom. Not only will it add some wonderful texture, it will also earn its keep by absorbing small amounts of water when you finish bathing. I love the clean lines in this bathroom, but a nice rug could add some lovely pattern and a touch of rich color that wouldn’t compete with the architectural details already in place.


I either want to take a long nap in this bed or jump around on top of it just to muss the covers! My bedroom is similar with barely grey walls, all white bedding, and crazy good morning light. I’d simply pick up on some of the warm tones in the wood with the addition of a rug featuring gold and salmon tones.


This modernized traditional dining space is the stuff dreams are made of. The white built-ins paired with the black buffets look even more amazing with the addition of the dark table and light chairs. I’d play up the style that’s already going on by adding a large, faded traditional floor rug right in the center.


Some people are anti floor rug when it comes to the kitchen, but not me. A rug can make any space feel more livable, and if you spend a lot of time entertaining or cooking in your kitchen why not extend it to that room? (A good spot cleaner will help ease your mind.) This beauty of a kitchen features sky-high ceilings and some pattern that’s already in place. While you could easily add a solid color floor rug that doesn’t complete with the floor or backsplash, I’d go with something like this softly striped one. The warm neutrals keep to the color palette being used and the simple design doesn’t pull your eyes.

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Part IV: Rug + Room

Inside Out

Sometimes a room can be styled to the nines and a little something still seems to be missing. That’s when I like to play a little mix and match game called Room + Rug where I take beautiful rooms and pair them up with equally stunning floor rugs. First up is this light and bright dining nook full of natural woods and greenery. I’d love to inject a dose of pattern and color while keeping to the same tones already present, and Jaipur Rugs’ Anatolia Kaleidoscope has just the right mix of jewel tones and pattern to make the space feel amped up a notch.

Anouska Hempel Design

The view above is obviously all the beauty that room needs, but what about a little something to enhance it? The simple, classic stripes in the Safavieh Navajo Kilim in blue and ivory play nicely off of the watery landscape outside those killer balcony doors and doesn’t compete with the minimal look that seems to be the goal.

Fantastic Frank

Talk about the dreamiest, moodiest bedroom! This space already has texture and personality going for it in a myriad of ways — that duvet! that plant! that mirror! I’d accent it all with one of my favorite floor rugs, the Surya Jewel Tone in midnight blue, persimmon, and hibiscus. The patterns make it seem as though it’s another large piece of art in the room.

Rory Gardiner

I’m head over heels for this industrial warehouse space — between those incredible windows and the high ceilings, it would be a challenge to make it look bad. But let’s take this space to the next level with an unexpected hit of bold color with this Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow Doha under the dining table. It will act as a focal point in the room as well as a bright spot to break up the otherwise monotone palette.

Erin Michael

The mixing and matching also extends to the outdoors. This summer I welcomed indoor/outdoors rugs onto my backyard deck and the world may never be the same. I can imagine spending hours lounging, working, and entertaining in this space, and what would take it over the top is some added texture underfoot. The Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse has a sophisticated look to go right alongside those bold graphic stripes and oodles of bamboo.

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