area rug trends

2016’s Area Rug Trends

Many of our customers are looking to express themselves creatively, whether that is something as simple as binding their own carpet remnants or exploring interior design. Since what is popular for decor and carpet changes all of the time, we thought we’d mention some of the more recent trends.

Contrast – Pulling the old and new together is a recent aesthetic trend. In terms of carpet, this could mean adding a luxurious bound carpet to a distressed floor in a warehouse apartment or laying an antique rug over spotless tile.

Texture – Designers are pushing fabrics that people yearn to touch. This may mean faux fur upholstery or natural fiber rugs made of seagrass, jute, or sisal – anything that makes you want to run your hands over it when you’re looking at it is in.

Layered area rugs – If one rug on the floor looks fabulous, how great would stacking multiple rugs look? One of them, of course, needs to be fairly simple to pull this look off. Nicole Gibbons of So Haute recommends starting with a simple sisal rug and allowing 12 to 18 inches of size difference to allow for proper framing and contrast.

Natural fibers – Besides the aforementioned sisal, nubby wool rugs offer a soothing color scheme when other design elements are brighter and more intense.

Bringing the outdoors indoors – If you haven’t noticed, going green is all the rage these days, and architects and designers are currently excited about ways to incorporate natural elements into indoor settings. This goes beyond just buying houseplants or using recycled materials – like reclaimed barn wood – for flooring or furniture. The idea is to highlight life, whether that is indoor waterfalls, plant walls, greenhouse or conservatory space, or choosing bright area rugs with florals or leaves to position strategically on those hardwood floors.

Do you sense a pattern to the above suggestions? That’s right, the natural look is in. If it’s organic or – even better – alive, that’s what the people seems to have an desire for in 2016. Goodbye nylon, and hello wool and seagrass.

Of course, if none of the above types of design trends appeal, you should always feel free to find any rug that will enhance your surroundings and make your space feel more beautiful or more comfortable. Trends are fun to follow, but they change all of the time, whereas most of us do not redecorate entire rooms on a yearly basis. Still, it’s fun to incorporate something different into your decorative scheme, and one way to do that is to switch out your area rug!


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