How to Style Area Rugs Using Color & Trend

a blue area rug in a living room
If your living space is ready for a style upgrade, start with a vibrant area rug for an instant refresh. Decorating with rugs allows you to play with different color schemes and design styles without the commitment of painting a wall or re-covering furniture. On-trend color schemes will keep your room looking current and stylish. Create a color scheme using area rugs as inspiration for the palette, and use home decor and accessories to tie the look together. Experiment with bright, bold colors. Then add in other decor elements to complete the look. For a boost of visual interest, layer rugs in complementing colors.
a blue area rug in a living room

Area Rugs by Style:


1. Mid-Century Modern Area Rugs

Get the sleek, retro style of a Mid-Century Modern look with vibrant area rugs that feature the tones of the era. Mid-Century design incorporates crisp neutrals with pops of rich colors to create visual contrast. Look for smoky grey, avocado green, mustard yellow, and turquoise to achieve this throwback style. Check out our guide for more Mid-Century Modern Furniture & Decor Ideas.


2. Shabby Chic Area Rugs

For a cozy, lived-in style that exudes femininity and charm, get the Shabby Chic look with an inviting area rug. Flat-weave and short-pile rugs that feature soft pastel hues like pink, mint green, and light blue will add a touch of cottage charm to your space. Neutral rugs with colorful florals or damask-inspired prints are sure to sweeten your room with vintage appeal. For more inspiration, check out our guide to Shabby Chic Furniture & Decor.


3. Coastal Area Rugs

Capture the comfort of a coastal bungalow with a stylish area rug that offers casual style. For a beach house look, choose a color palette inspired by the sea. Seafoam green, ocean blue, sandy neutrals, and vivid coral will brighten your space with nautical charm. Layer rugs in soft neutrals and bright hues in stripe or trellis patterns to give your room an updated Coastal look. Get the look with our guide to Coastal Furniture & Decor.


4. Rustic Area Rugs

If you love the comfort of a rustic retreat, you can capture the look with a lodge-inspired rug. Tones like deep brown, soft taupe, and caramel will add depth to your room. For a bolder look, consider a natural rawhide or cowhide area rug. If you want for a lush feel underfoot, choose a rug with plush shag or tufted pile in earthy tones that echo the mountainous terrain of a cabin hideaway. Get inspired with our Rustic Furniture & Decor Ideas.


5. Boho Chic Area Rugs

A Boho Chic living space does not skimp on vivid colors or bold patterns. Create an exotic look with vibrant area rugs that become the focus of your room. Boho style is flamboyant yet comforting with colors and patterns inspired by travels to distance lands. Look for bright, colorful rugs in shades of turquoise, pink, yellow, and orange to make a casual statement. Or create an upscale look with a flat-weave rug in vivid hues that boast Oriental or Ikat prints. The key to a boho chic floor covering is to layer rugs in competing styles with complementing colors. Find more tips and inspiration with our guide to Boho Chic Furniture & Decor.