How To Choose a Colorful Rug for Your Home

This post is sponsored by Revival Rugs, but the opinions expressed in the blog are my own.

It’s no secret that color terrifies and delights. Some people have a genuine preference for a neutral palette, while many others steer clear of the color wheel because, well, they aren’t quite sure what to do with it. Time and time again I hear, “I want to add more color to my home, but I just don’t know how to work with it.” Well, I’m going to give you a few tips on the best way to add a splash of color to your home. If you’re looking to dip your toes into the rainbow, the best way to get started is with a staple that you’ll find in nearly every room of your home: a rug.

If you’re working with a mostly neutral palette, that makes things super easy because your options are truly endless. Despite a strong use of color in my designs, one thing people often don’t notice is that I build a neutral canvas in the vast majority of my rooms by starting with a neutral wall, whether it be dark or light. I hardly ever use color on my walls, unless it’s to go all out with a patterned wallpaper. There is also an old design trick that I largely follow when it comes to color: repeat the hue at the floor level, eye level, and above eye level. Using a neutral wall allows for you to easily add a pop of color with art, objects, books, etc. at eye level and above, and allows you to really go for your wow color factor on the floor.

If you have a color you’re committed to in your space, I would recommend you pick a rug that picks up that color. It does not have to match precisely (I often find it gives the room dimension when it doesn’t). I have added a mood board here with the Bacall Moroccan rug from Revival rugs that works beautifully in a room with gold accents. You can see how the coffee table and the mirror pick up the gold accents from the rug, though the tone of the golds are not an exact match. I’d like to add here that the reds and oranges in the rug are serving as the color punch, and the more “neutral” golds are being picked up at the floor, eye-level, and above. In order to use color in a space, it need not be the big, bold punch of color that is repeated throughout the room, but perhaps a more neutral element, such as a black or brown, that is splashed on the rug and then repeated at varying vantage points throughout the room.

I recently picked out a one-of-a-kind beauty from Revival Rugs for my own home. If you’re well acquainted with my home, you will notice I have a lot of burnt orange accents in my home. Nearly every room picks up the color somewhere, and that gives my home a flow by carrying that hue from room to room. So when I was deciding on a rug from Revival to add to my home, I narrowed down my focus to rugs with a burnt orange palette. This will allow me to play around with the rug, and move it seamlessly from space to space. Just simply swapping a rug to a new room is one of my favorite “free” design tricks that will give you an entirely fresh feel without having to bring in anything new. If there is a color that pops up throughout your home, I would recommend starting your search with that color – or a complementary color.

For now, I have styled my Revival beauty in my entryway, in front of a graphic orange wall. The idea that the color on the floor will be picked up from any direction was a very intentional choice. When walking in the front door, the color is picked up by the orange bar stools in the kitchen. If you’re walking toward the front door, the color is picked up by the front door itself. And if you are looking straight on at the staircase, the orange is picked up by the graphic shapes on the wall.

So, if you’re looking to add that pop of color to your home, there is no better place to start than your floor, with a one-of-a-kind beauty from Revival Rugs. They have a large selection of vintage and limited edition rugs that are all of the highest quality. No mass-produced garbage from a big box store, but a true classic gem that will take you through the years, and bring all the compliments to your floors.

Go ahead, buy that splash of color.

Use code KATEPEARCEVINTAGE10 for 10% off any rug at Revival Rugs.

You won’t regret it!


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