Each interior style has unique features that make it special. Basically, every style is a composition of different parts such as furniture, materials, lighting, accessories, and textures. When choosing rugs, you need to keep your home’s interior style in mind. There are no strict rules that you have to follow (which means you do have some flexibility), but you still need to make sure your rug’s design matches the surroundings.
To help you out, we have rounded up the top 8 interior design styles and the types of rugs that go with them.
1. Vintage style
The vintage style allows you to take great old ideas and reinterpret them in a modern way. You can get everything you need from flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, and second-hand shops. So fun! If you’ve decided to go with this style, choose antique rugs, whether brand new or overdyed (repurposed). Beautifully crafted antique rugs are very versatile and never go out of style. With a great number of options in terms of scale, fabric, and color, there’s an antique rug out there for every kind of home. With their one-of-a-kind patterns and colors, antique rugs are sure to add character and coziness to any decor style. Opt for rugs made of wool and silk or hand-knotted Oriental rugs.
2. Industrial style
This style is unique and quite edgy. It’s known for its rather sharp design features which include concrete floors, bare brick walls, clustered pendant lights, and distressed textures. The ideal rug for the industrial style also needs to stand out. When it comes to design, think abstract shapes and animal print. As far as texture is concerned, go for shag rugs and hair-on-hide rugs.
3. Contemporary style
Even though many people think that contemporary and modern interior design is the same thing, that is not true. Modern design encompasses styles from the last sixty or seventy years, whereas contemporary design is focused on today and has almost no connection to the past. In terms of color, this style uses lots of black, white, and gray. When it comes to materials, it abounds in marble, glass, and metal. The best rug for the contemporary design style is a neutral-colored one, but bolder souls can also opt for brighter colors. When it comes to textures, we recommend hand-tufted or shag rugs.
4. Minimalist style
The minimalist style is more about the functionality of the space and less about the aesthetics. It is focused on quality instead of quantity and shares plenty of features with the Scandinavian style described below. The minimalist style uses blacks and whites, as well as pastels and neutral shades. When it comes to materials, wood and metal are preferred. When choosing a rug for your minimalist home, opt for one made of natural fiber. Neutral fiber rugs are repurposed, stark, durable, and very effective. We recommend seagrass, sisal, and jute rugs.
5. Eclectic style
This style is one of the easiest to work with as it doesn’t have very rigid rules, which means that you can mix and match elements from several different styles. However, getting the details right isn’t as easy as it sounds. Selecting the perfect rug to complement an eclectic style home can be quite tricky. Traditional hand-knotted rugs are a great choice because you can’t go wrong with them. The bold colors and unique patterns make these rugs perfect focal pieces.
6. Retro style
This style is a mix of the aesthetics that dominated the period from the 1950s to the 1990s. The retro-style includes several different styles that look a bit vintage and that’s what makes it so fun! For instance, you will see lava lamps from the 1960s, Memphis design colors from the 1980s, wood accents from the 1990s, and hippie floral prints from the 1970s. When choosing a rug to complement your retro home, opt for geometric patterns and pastels or bright colors. As far as texture is concerned, we recommend shag rugs which were very popular in the 1960s.
7. Scandinavian style
Known for its functionality and simplicity, this style is also spacious, breezy, and cozy. It uses neutral shades like whites, tans, grays, browns, and beige. As for materials, the Scandinavian style favors wood. It also features lots of light, as well as practical and trendy furniture. When choosing a rug to complement a Scandinavian style interior, keep all these things in mind. Opt for a neutral-colored rug with a cozy look that will blend in naturally. We recommend hair-on-hide, flatweaves, and hand-tufted rugs. You can also opt for rugs in pastel colors because they will add some color without overwhelming the space. Natural fiber rugs such as hemp, jute, and sisal are also great because of their organic effect.
8. Classic style
This style is all about tradition. It characterizes with carved furniture, pilasters, wainscoting, delicate details, and huge crystal chandeliers. When it comes to colors, the classic style favors pastels against a backdrop of white. Having in mind all these features, you’ll need to be very careful when choosing a rug. We recommend an oriental style rug or an English Wilton rug in light colors and rococo style.
There you have it, some of the most popular interior design styles at the moment. Each is unique and bold in its own way, so we hope we helped you choose the best rugs to complement them.