How a Grey and Cream Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A grey and cream rug can highlight your room’s decor in three ways: it can reinforce the room’s color palette, convey the same tone, and express the room’s style. With style in particular, you can look at the rug’s pattern for imagery or motifs that spread from the rug to the artwork. For example, if your rug uses a trellis pattern, you can subtly use the shape elsewhere in the decor through wall art, poufs, pillows, and so on. Your rug should work hand-in-hand with the decor to express your style, and when that’s the case, each element has a chance to shine.
Decorating With a Grey and Cream Rug
When you’re decorating with a grey and cream rug, you have your choice of what style you want the rug to fall into. This color scheme is common in a variety of styles like traditional, boho, modern, coastal, and so many more. So as you look for a grey and cream rug to fit your personal style, rest assured that these rugs are incredibly diverse and there’s sure to be one that’s just right for you.
Choosing Which Grey and Cream Rug is Right for You
Since there are so many choices out there for grey and cream area rugs, you may not know where to begin your search. One great way to go about it is to think about these important areas.
Position: First, determine your room’s layout and where you want to place the rug within that. Check out these guidelines for general ideas.
Living Room: Large grey and cream living room rugs are often centered with the main seating area. Common placements include putting the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath the chairs. Another option is to use a smaller rug in another part of the room to establish a separate seating area.
Dining Room: In dining rooms, you’ll likely place a grey and cream area rug directly beneath the table. Leave about two to three feet of excess on each side of the rug so the chairs can be pushed in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point, you can accentuate it by layering a rug under the bed. Three common positions include placing the rug all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. Like the living room, you can use a smaller rug in another part of the room to set up another space.
Kitchen: 2x3 and 3x5 grey and cream rugs work well in front of a kitchen sink or stovetop. Another option is to use a grey and cream runner rug in galley kitchens or kitchens with an island.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms will use similar sized rugs to the kitchen. The small rugs can be placed in front of sinks, tubs, or showers. Runners are great options for in front of a double vanity or in another narrow path.
Outdoors: No need to limit your style to inside your home; you can add style to your deck, patio, porch, or other outside space with a grey and cream outdoor rug. For layout ideas, check out similar indoor spaces.
Shape/Size: Once your layout is set, think about the shape and size of the rug. Small rugs have been recommended above, but for medium and large rooms, 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 10x12 are standard sizes. When it comes to shape, rectangular, round, and runner are the most common three and these shapes work in a variety of rooms and styles. However, if your room is a unique shape, use whatever shape rug works best for the room.
Pattern: Grey and cream rugs are available in all sorts of patterns. Geometric, persian, oriental, striped, and so many other patterns are out there to sift through. When you’re shopping through patterns, find one that has a similar tone and imagery to your other decor to tie the room together thematically. For example, if you have a traditional room, find a rug that showcases medallions and soft curves that may appear elsewhere in furniture details, pillows, poufs, and other areas.
Color: Narrowing your search to grey and cream area rugs definitely helps, but you still need to decide which of those two colors you want to be most prominent or if they’ll be balanced with one another. Outside of that, each of these colors comes in varying shades, and each one can convey its own tone. Focus on the psychology of color and how each creates its own mood and remember that if you choose to include any other colors in the rug’s pattern.
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