Fashion Translation: Incorporating Denim-Inspired Rugs into Your Home

It’s a well-established fact that anything blue is trending right now. From shades of pale blue to rich navy, these inky hues are everywhere, especially in the home decor world. The look can quickly cross over into preppy style territory, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend into my home is by pulling inspiration from a true fashion staple: my favorite pair of jeans!


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These denim-inspired rugs are the perfect way to embrace the blue trend in your home, while also maintaining a laid back, casual vibe. There are many opportunities for patterns in this look, as well. A simple geometric stripe or skinny stripe takes the blue rug to a totally different place, one that’s perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. Similarly, an ornate overdyed rug provides the perfect foundation for a mature master bedroom. When shopping for this trend, look for striations in color, rather than solid fields of blue. This simple tip will keep your look looking more boho than preppy!

A few favorites (from top to bottom, left to right):

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Amadeo rug

Dalyn Torino ombre rug

Surya Trenza rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores stripe rug

Surya denim rug

Jaipur Rugs Britta rug

Safavieh Himalaya rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Sea of Blue Home Decor


Few colors scream “SUMMER!” to me like different shades of blue, all of the shades of the ocean in fact. I didn’t even realize what a big role the cool hue played in my warm weather accessories until I started researching for this post and took a look around my own home. Shibori throw pillows in cerulean, a throw in the palest powder blue, even the candle tin on my coffee table is teal.

The patio above relies on solid neutrals – white and woodgrain – to stay grounded. But it is the pops of blue that give it that something special and leaves you wanting to invite yourself over for golden hour cocktails, isn’t it?

Ave Styles

When it comes to accent walls I have to admit that blue has never crossed my mind. This lovely bohemian bedroom looks like a little oasis thanks to that beautiful deep sea tone. It adds a soothing tone to the space and manages to make that beautiful bed look even better if possible!

graham keegan shibori flag tapestry

A piece of art, like this printed tapestry by Graham Keegan, might be just the beachy blue touch your home is asking for this summer. A piece of art that’s cool and relaxed just might rub off on your own aura.

Julia Robbs

There’s nothing that says your blue accents and accessories are for summertime only…what about a more permanent piece of furniture? A pale blue has the magical ability to act as a neutral and the sofa above is a great example of that. It plays well with just about the entire color wheel. So mix-and-match and play!

Helenio Barbetta

However, this has to be one of my favorite examples of blue in action. The rest of the space is so clean and neutral that you immediately gravitate towards that lovely throw on the bed. Don’t you just want to curl up on top of the covers for an afternoon nap? I sure do.

Blue Rugs

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

A few weeks ago I chatted about pastel blues, but today I’m heading in the complete opposite direction. Rich, deeply saturated tones of indigo. One of my favorite things about this color is that no matter your personal style there’s something in it for you. Traditional, contemporary, even country aesthetics all welcome indigo with open arms.

Our Labor of Love
Our Labor of Love

A great starting point is to gather a few accessories in a robust color – throw pillows, planters, or even books – if you’re trying to incorporate it into your existing space. This small collection of indigo looks immediately at home!


Any and all shades of blue look amazing in the bedroom. Maybe it makes us think of blue skies and calm waters, but whatever the case it’s one of my go-to colors for bedding. The indigo lends a freshness after winter that’s most welcome!

Robert Holden
Robert Holden

Of course one of the most affordable ways to embrace any vivid color is to paint a wall or an entire room with it. Indigo pairs well with any number of other colors, making it an easy integration.

Elephant Ceramics
elephant ceramics

I’ve saved the best for last, one that combines two earlier tips. Why not combine a small indigo collection on an indigo painted wall? I was sold the moment I set eyes on this set up, and think it would look amazing in a dining room.

1. Surya Continental COT-1935  2. Surya Smithsonian SMI-2112  3. Oriental Weavers Pantone Expressions 5501  4. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne – Spello Coral Border  5. Oriental Weavers Riviera 4771  6. Safavieh Retro RET-2144

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Denim Daze

Denim 1

Oh, denim… so ubiquitous, so comfortable, so easy and carefree. Ever the staple, a good pair of jeans is hard to come by, but when you do, you know. It’s just like falling in love. I prefer my denim picks to have a lived-in, vintage feel… covered in rips, tears, and shredded. To me, nothing quite says ‘summer’ like donning a pair of well-worn cut offs. If overly distressed denim isn’t your thing, try a pair of retro-inspired bell bottoms. The key to this look is to toss on a pair of taller shoes, like wedge espadrilles, to draw your eye upward and make you feel sky-high tall. I pair my denim with practically everything: borrowed-from-the-boys buttondowns, flowy and lacy white tops, even a chunky knit sweater for those cooler summer nights. Distressed denim is the ultimate way to achieve that ‘cool fashion girl’ look with minimal effort.

Denim 2

When it comes to interiors, it’s pretty simple to incorporate this look. There’s such a variety available: from navy-hued global patterns to a more traditional tie dye, even a modern ombre. I especially love the idea of embracing the true artistry associated with denim as shown in this painterly Luli Sanchez rug. Plus, because denim is the ultimate neutral and basic, you can pair these rugs with any look and any accessory. Layer on ivory furniture for a modern look or opt for a patterned sofa (think of it as a patterned tee!). Another great decorating tip is to select a couple rugs that share a denim-hued color palette and layer them. The results are eclectic, bohemian, and super casual.

Photo Credit: LA Cool & Chic, Refinery 29, and ioLA.

Shopping: Painterly Luli Sanchez rug, Momeni habitat rug, Jaipur Rugs agua madhu rug, and Trans Ocean Imports ombre rug.

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