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Mid Century Modern Rug Decor Ideas 

Mid century modern style is one of those designs that keeps growing in popularity, since it harkens back to designs in the middle of the 21st century without feeling dated or out of style. While much of the style is defined by wood tones, curved furniture, and other unique shapes, you can also bring the style into your home with mid century modern rugs.

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Defined Color Blocking

Mid century modern loves to use lines and curves in their design, and with a rug like this one, you can fit into that mold and contribute to the room's overarching color palette. Part of the reason this rug works so well as a mid century modern rug is because it highlights those curves, uses colors from that age, and does it in a non-linear way. When you use a rug like this in your space, allow it to shine as a main focal point and be sure your other decor doesn't compete with the rug for attention.

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Feeding Into Asymmetry

Asymmetry means that you nearly have a mirror image from one side of the room to the other, but something breaks it up from being perfectly symmetrical. In this case, you see it in four areas: the different wall art, the plant, the blanket, and the rug. By using decor and a rug that don't feature perfect symmetry in your home, you can create a balanced look that still has flair and style.

Blending Styles

Many people like mid century modern style because of how well it blends with different interior design styles. In this case, the other style is more contemporary southwestern with sharp, clean lines in the furniture and earth tones in the pillows and other decor. However, adding in a rug like this one can help blend your different styles into one cohesive look and tie into the other decor, like how the grey rug ties back to the pillows, jackets, and accessories.

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Minimal Addition

If you prefer to have your furniture, lamps, decor, and even walls do the talking, then you can go for just a simple rug. The light grey rug in this room adds softness against the sharp lines of the golden furniture legs, defines the main seating area, and allows the rest of the decor to be the stars of the show.

Thematic Connections

In this room, you can see the thematic power of using similar lines throughout the room. This room has many straight lines in the ceiling beams, the fireplace bricks, the linear furniture, and obviously the rug. The simplicity of the connection and focus allows this midcentury room to feel whole despite the room using fewer decorations. You can apply these same principles to your home to tie your room's architecture and decor back to the rug.

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Mid Century Boho

When you want to combine two different styles like mid century and boho, it's important to balance the two looks. In this room, the leafy greens and white tones fit into modern boho, but the structure of the furniture and the rug itself fit into mid century modern. You can use a simple rug like this one if you want your furniture to be a focal point, or you can look for a patterned rug that blends the two styles together.

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Establishing Visual Interest

Mid century style often keeps furniture as simple as possible, although this room uses unique shapes and accents to bring it back into a traditional style. However, the basic color palette of creams and browns in the furniture gives you a chance to add in a different color and a different style in your rug. Remember that when you add a rug to your space: it can stand out as a focal point or fade into the background depending on what other decor/colors you have in the room.

Traditional Mid Century Modern

Based on name alone, you may think these two styles are incompatible, but that's far from the truth! One similar element between the two styles is their love of shape, so you can use that to blend the two styles. This rug showcases round shapes to fit into a traditional style but the fact that is uses shapes and is placed next to a mid century chair allows it to tie back into that style too. As you decorate your room, look for similar opportunities in a rug to tie your styles together.

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Retro Colors

A lot of contemporary styles like modern farmhouse tend to use neutral tones like black, white, and grey, so you may be intimidated by the idea of incorporating a bold color like pink. However, incorporating pinks into your design is a great way to harken back to mid century style and break modern trends by using a unique color choice. Plus, it can even bring out different colors throughout the room like the wood tones of this floor or the beige of the sofa.

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Creating Balance

Aside from finding the right rug, it's important to carefully consider where you'll put it. In this case, you can see that it is centered with the sofa on one side and then centered with the fireplace on the other. Being intentional with the rug's placement, how it overlaps with the furniture, and how it scales to the rest of the room are three factors that will determine how balanced your room feels.

Narrow Spaces

A narrow runner rug can help accent your room in many different ways. For one thing, if you have a thin piece of furniture like a side table, then a runner can really run parallel to that furniture and make the space feel longer. Keep in mind that it's best to have the rug layer with at least one peice of furniture in that area so it doesn't feel like it's floating in the middle of nowhere.

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Multiple Rugs

In homes with open concept floor plans, you can use multiple rugs to define separate areas and cement your style. In situations like these where the rugs are so close to one another, it's wise to use rugs that are the same pattern and shape so that they create a cohesive space and don't compete against one another. Plus, the straight edges of the rug and the simplistic pattern allow you to use two rugs without overwhelming the room.

Off Kilter

Normally, rugs are centered with something in the room like a main sofa, a chandelier, a piece of art, etc. However, to make your mid century modern room feel more eclectic, you can mess with that formula and have your rug slightly off center. You still want to maintain straight lines so it feels orderly, but offsetting it slightly can add a unique vibe to your room.

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Industrial Mid Century

Industrial style often features concrete-like surfaces and black accents, which actually pairs well with mid century style. In fact, you can add in a boldly colored mid century modern rug into the space and allow that to be a vibrant pop of color to keep the industrial style from feeling dark and oppressive. Add in some other pops of that color around the room and you'll create a cohesive, masterfully designed space.

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The Key Accent

You can use a rug as the main accent of the room if you prefer to have more neutral walls, furniture, and decor. In this case, the rug helps create a more contemporary style to bounce off of the mid century modern furniture. Plus, doing this in your home gives you a way to draw color into the room and use some of those popular mid century modern colors like orange and yellow naturally.

Pattern Mixing

Oftentimes, detailed rugs are placed on hardwood floors. An alternative idea is to dare to use an intricately designed rug on top of a detailed tile floor. When you do that, look for similar shapes/designs between the two so that there's cohesive theming. That principle will work whether you're working in a mid century modern style, a traditional home, or whatever your style is.

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Thematic Consistency

You often see rugs used on tile just in the kitchen or bathroom, but this living room shows off how well a larger rug can pair with a tiled living room. No matter what room you're working in, when you pair a rug with tile, look for similar imagery and motifs with the rug and tiles so that the room feels thematically whole.

Grounding the Space

Having some overlap with the furniture is a great way to tie your rug to the seats. In this room, you can see the power of having the furniture perfectly paralleled to the rug (the sofa) and having the furniture at an angle (the side chair). In either case, there's some connection because of the physical overlap, but there's also connection through the color palette so the room is unified in its vision and layout.

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Highlighting Texture

There are several styles like modern boho that highlight texture as a key design element, but there's no reason why you can't bring that texture into a mid century modern style too. Velvet furniture/accents is a very common way to highlight texture in mid century modern design, but you can go a step further by including a mid century shag rug in the middle of the space. Not only will that collaborate with your other soft textures, but it will also add dimension to your floor.

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Variety is the Spice of Life

It's clear that straight lines are a key part of mid century modern design, but using it over and over again in the same ways may make a room feel stale. That's why it's important to look at how you use the same principle in a variety of ways. This room uses straight lines on the walls, floor, and furniture horizontally while the rug and other parts of the wall show off vertical lines. Plus, there are some pillows that use lines in other unique ways. Be sure to look for opportunities to take your base principle and put different spins on it to create a unique room.

Natural Materials

Natural materials are another popular design element in mid century modern homes, and you can see how it produces a stunning room. The wood panelling, the leather sofa, and the rattan chair all highlight natural materials, and they're allowed to shine because of a very basic rug. However, that rug has a lot of intention behind it, starting with tying into the other colors in the room and using straight lines to connect back to the furniture and panelling. Remember, your rug shouldn't be an afterthought; it should intentionally tie into your overarching design and architecture to highlight your style.

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Mid century modern design will continue to pop up in different interior design styles because of how accessible it is and how it can add unique flair through its furniture, wall art, and rugs. Whether you're looking to create a room that falls fully into the style or you're looking to blend it with another style, you can find mid century modern area rugs that are perfect for you and your unique style.


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