The area rug for styling a fresh, garden-inspired room
From the vibrant color palette of an English cottage garden to the serene beauty of a Zen tea garden, floral rugs can have a vibe as varied as the gardens of the world. What they have in common is a fresh, outdoor-in feel that is bound to cheer up any space. Thinking of rolling out a floral rug in your space? Here are a few design rules to bear in mind:
You might think of floral rugs as being exclusively for soft, romantic spaces — and while there’s no doubt that floral rugs have a sweet spot in vintage and Shabby Chic styles, these lush, garden-inspired rugs provide a welcome organic touch to modern and traditional spaces, too. Here are a few of the decor styles floral rugs work best with:
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Can a bold floral rug be put in a room with bold walls?
Yes! It just depends on the look you are going for. Generally speaking, the smaller the room the more you can get away with in terms of bold color and pattern. For instance, you would do better to go bold-on-bold in compact laundry room rather than in a spacious living room, where all of that color and pattern might overwhelm. If you do opt to paint the walls a bold color, be sure to take a photo of your rug with you to the paint store and have one of the colors professionally matched for the best results.
What patterns go with paisley floral print?
A paisley floral print is surprisingly versatile. Try pairing it with a small-scale geometric print, a ticking stripe and a large-scale block print. The key to remember when mixing patterns of any type is to choose one common color and repeat it throughout.
Are floral patterns always feminine?
No! Leafy botanical prints, black and white florals and those that include geometric designs and neutral hues have a decidedly more masculine feel.
Should I pick my floral rug before I design my room?
If possible, yes! Choosing a rug can be a great jumping-off point for a room design. Rug designers put a lot of work and expertise into creating a pattern and color palette that works, which means you can then use it as a built-in color palette for your space! But if you already have your room designed, no worries: it’s not too late to choose a floral rug. Just be sure to take into account the colors you already have going on in your space, and repeat them rather than taking off in an entirely new direction.
While the most common shape for floral rugs is rectangular (a shape that works well in most rooms), because of the flowing, organic-inspired patterns of floral rugs, they also work particularly well in the round. Try a big rectangular floral rug in the living room, breakfast nook or bedroom; place a floral runner in the hall or kitchen; or accent a small room with a round floral rug.
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