1. Geometric Pattern
Black shapes overlaid on a white area rug switches the flow of the more usual white-on-black.
High contrast equals high fun, especially when the pattern itself is like a work of art.
3. Extra Dark
The darker the rug, the cooler your style.
The darker your floors, the cozier, warmer and homier your home will feel. If you love the look of dark flooring but don’t want to spend the money on new hardwoods, consider a large, dark area rug. If you love the idea of dark floors but are afraid of going “too dark,” try a dark rug – with a bright white pattern. (The white pattern will pop, adding lightness while allowing the dark to ground.) Above, a geometric pattern in a “sketch” style (i.e., not hard, angular lines but soft lines that look like they could’ve almost been sketched by hand) adds a bit of playfulness and contrast. This type of rug pattern, though, can easily look busy; This aesthetic only works as a whole – without the light grey of the sofa, or the heavier grey of the ottoman coffee table to balance it out, it’s safe to say that the rug would not work as well as it does. Also note the splash of color coming from the pillows, tray accessory and throw blanket – all green, for cohesion’s sake.
Bonus Tip #1: Start small. Can’t part with the look of white or light-colored area rugs? Try starting small. Start with a small black rug at the end of stairs or in a foyer or entryway; Live with it for a while, and see if you end up falling in love – or if, in fact, dark floors are not for you.Bonus Tip #2: Layer. Another option is to layer. Start with a large black or dark-colored rug. Over it, place a slightly smaller rug that’s lighter and brighter; Each layer will pop against the other. (Remember to balance out the textures: For the larger layer, it’s best to choose a thinner rug and for the smaller layer, it’s best to choose a shaggier, higher-pile rug.)