How to Find the Right Rug

Ready to go rug shopping? Not so fast. We have a few interior decorating ideas first. When you’re decorating your home it’s important to create a color scheme and stick to it. So, before you go shopping, take a quick inventory of your existing color scheme. To tie the look of the room together, you’ll want to select a rug that complements the two or three main colors in the room.

Here’s an interior decorating secret: Take a throw pillow and a color swatch of your drapes, furniture or wall colors with you. It’s incredibly hard to visualize how the colors will work together without any reference. And if you’re considering a Ballard Designs rug, we strongly suggest you order a swatch first.

Use these basic interior decorating ideas to get you started on your hunt:

  • If your primary furniture, such as a sofa, is a solid color, consider selecting a patterned rug.
  • Match the secondary color in a patterned rug to your sofa. Match the third rug color to your pillows, drapes, wall color or other accents in the room.
  • If your primary furniture is upholstered in a pattern or is elaborate in design, a solid-colored rug would work really well.
  • Make sure a solid-colored rug compliments your sofa color, and match it to the accent colors in the room, such as artwork or a vase.

Since a rug serves to anchor the room, the color and style of your rug can establish the mood.
Dark, rich colors help define a more intimate space while lighter colors make a smaller space
appear larger. Spicy hues such as yellow, orange or red add warmth while cool colors create
calm, especially in a sunny room.

We hope these ideas help you complete your decorating project with style. Happy shopping!

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