Common Rug Colors

Moroccan Blythe from Bodrum by NuLoom

Rugs are an easy way to instantly improve your space. They add texture and warmth to a room, but even more importantly, they’re an opportunity to add color. Certain colors can brighten a room while others make a small room appear larger. Colors can even evoke moods and affect the way you feel entering a room as well. Study the room before choosing a color. What will the room be used for? Is it a space where you’ll need to focus or will it be more social and energetic?

While there’s a nearly infinite number of shades and hues to choose from, red, white, beige, blue, and green are among the most common. Let’s take a look at each rug color and explore why each is a common rug color among rug decorators and admirers.


Vennie Shaggy from Admire by NuLoom

Red is a warm color, and red rugs can really improve the look of social spaces. The color can pop in neutral and warm rooms and hide stains in high-traffic areas. If you want to place a rug in a room where there is not much natural light, a red rug can help brighten the room.

Living rooms and hallways often have the most traffic, so consider placing a red rug in those areas. While a red rug will hide stains and damage well, make sure you’re picking a durable rug material that will be able to stand up to the stress.

WhiteTracy Moroccan Tassel Rug from Majesty by NuLoom

White is a trending rug color because it goes with almost anything. Because of its versatility, you’ll often find white in combination with other colors, but solid white rugs are increasingly popular. Solid white rugs look great in farmhouse homes but are more likely to show wear and tear. A solid white rug will also add a significant amount of light to your room.

White can also create a great contrast with a dark room. Dark hardwood floors are significantly improved with a white rug on top. A white rug works best in a room or area of your home where there is not much traffic. You don’t want your beautiful white rug ruined by pets or dirty feet. A master bedroom in a light or white color scheme would look beautiful with a large white rug.


Natural Cindy Rug from Kona Sisal and Jute by NuLoom

Beige is also a popular rug color. It’s a neutral color, so a beige rug would blend in well with almost any room. This makes it a “safe” color to start with if you are in the process of buying your very first rug. If you want to make a small room feel larger, add a beige rug because the color makes rooms appear larger than they really are.

If you want a beige rug in a high traffic area, make sure to invest in a high-quality rug because most are now made with stain resistant materials. If you like the idea of adding a beige rug to a room but are worried it will get lost in the design, get a rug with a mix of other colors that are already in the room.

BlueMoroccan Blythe from Bodrum by NuLoom

Blue is a cool, earthy tone making it a very popular color to use in rugs. To create a calming area for study or relaxation, decorate a room with a blue rug. A blue rug would be a great addition to a library or a study because of its calming effects. A living room or bathroom would also look great with a blue rug.

Blue colored rugs are also popular because blue blends well with other colors. If you choose to place a blue rug in your bathroom, make sure to include other blue items in the room so that the rug is not standing alone.


NF368G from Natural Fiber .5 by Safavieh

Another popular earth tone is green. If you want to add harmony and balance to a room, choosing a green rug is a great start. Green can also give you an outdoorsy feeling. Bringing the great outdoors into your interior design is a very popular trend. Include plenty of leafy houseplants in different parts of the room to liven up the space.

Not only will you feel like you are in an indoor jungle, you will also enjoy the benefits of better air-quality by adding plants. To bring out this feeling with family and friends, place a green rug in the living room. The color choice will live up the space and facilitate conversation.

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