by Amanda Mears
Patterned area rugs simultaneously add style to your home and protect your floors from wear, making them a smart choice for any room. Decorating with a printed rug can seem like a big commitment, but there is actually a lot of versatility when it comes to patterned area rugs. If you want to inject style into a dull room, try one of these popular rug patterns.
Chevron stripes: Zigzag stripes in bold colors form the playful trend that's popping up everywhere in stylish, contemporary homes. This strong pattern should be paired with simple furniture and solid accent colors to avoid overwhelming a room. For a retro feel, try pairing a black-and-white chevron rug with a red couch or a yellow lacquered table. For a more subtle look, pick a cream-and-beige striped chevron rug that will work well with leather couches and solid wood furniture.
Floral print: Perhaps the most classic pattern, a floral print often pops up on Oriental and traditional-style rugs. This type of area rug works well in a formal living room and can add a sophisticated look to your home office. Modern floral print rugs set nature-inspired shapes and silhouettes against a solid background for a clean look that is simpler than classic floral rugs. To create a calm space in your bedroom, try an area rug with the outline of slender leaves set against a pale background to bring in color without being too bright.
Moroccan trellis: For another option when decorating a modern room, try area rugs with a Moroccan trellis. These angular patterns look best when paired with solid-colored furniture. They come in a variety of colors, so the look can be bold or it can be more rustic. Since there is a lot of pattern in a brightly colored trellis rug, keep all wall art and decor simple. This way, the rug can act as a makeshift art piece as it protects your floor. If you choose one that has a subtle brown or grey trellis pattern on a cream background, you can create a cool retro feeling with earth-tone furniture and lots of house plants.
Kids' themes: Area rugs made to decorate children's rooms come in a variety of novelty patterns, so whether you intend to decorate your child's room with a singular theme or want a simple rug that can last through numerous style evolutions, you'll be able to find an area rug that fits what you're envisioning. If you plan on using a rug for years, pick something with abstract patterns and gender-neutral colors. For trendier rooms, choose big patterns, like flowers, animals, or basketballs. Rugs that become part of the fun are also popular; look for rugs printed with roads for toy cars to drive on.
Textured pile: If you're worried that a patterned area rug might compete with your existing art and furniture, look for area rugs with textured pile. These rugs use different lengths of woven fibers to create multidimensional patterns using the same color. A neutral-colored area rug with a faint animal print will instantly add elegance to your formal dining room, and a diamond-weave rug lets you mix patterns if you have a printed couch or chair in the living room.
Published October 25, 2011
Updated March 27, 2015