Your area rugs should be coordinated with the four other major design elements in a modern room. Your sofa, chairs, coffee table, and curtains or window treatments give your living room a clean (but not bleak) ambiance and achieve the basic visual design of the area. The rugs you choose should have more than a modern look. They should fit in with the overall design scheme of the room.
What is Modern Decor?
What is modern decor, exactly? It stems from a design movement that focuses on simplicity. Beams, concrete and other structural elements are exposed. Natural materials are highlighted in furniture and floorings, such as wood veneers, granite countertops and exposed brick walls. Lamps and tables may be made of steel, glass and/or chrome. Wood is often unpainted. Modern design started in the 1800s in Germany and morphed into mid-century Modern in the 1950s and post-modernism in the 1970s.
Although contemporary design features s a “curvier” element in furniture choices than modern design, the terms modern and contemporary are sometimes used interchangeably when referring decor. Both styles are famous for their clutter-free spaces and natural materials. Modern rooms are clean but cozy; contemporary designs tend to be stark or minimal but bold.
If we use the strictest interpretation of a modern area rug, it will be a pale color, white or beige, with a solid, honeycomb, brick, or geometric design. Pairing a strictly modern rug with modern decor may result in a completely neutral color scheme, and most rooms will benefit from a pop of color here and there. A power-loomed green and cream rug in a geometric design adds a bit of subdued color to a room if you want to keep things low-key.
Follow the Flow
Every modern room needs an inviting element to draw people’s attention to as soon as they enter the space. A red and brown striped sisal rug is eye-catching without being too colorful. If your furniture is outfitted in beige, brown or orange hues, this area rug will complement it.
Area rugs are part of the overall visual flow of a modern space. Place a large white shag rug underneath an acrylic coffee table to play off a white sofa. Add color to a room with white marble or stone walls with this multi-colored abstract design rug made of 100% New Zealand wool. A modern bedroom may have hardwood floors, a bare concrete wall and colorful abstract paintings to break the monotony. Area rugs, such as a deep pile shag, can add warmth and a hint of color. Use a red rug to add color and make the visual flow of a small bedroom with white or pastel-colored walls more interesting.
A modern living room can break with the standard design principles. For example, you can place four white and chrome recliners around a glass table instead of a sofa, with an abstract dark blue and white rug under the table.
Does the Rug’s Design and Material Match the Room’s Purpose?
Even if the area rugs you choose match the room’s color scheme, and have a simple, modern design, consider the material used to make the item, and its durability. Natural fibers for area rugs include jute, sisal, seagrass, and hemp. Jute rugs are soft and should be used in low traffic areas like bedrooms or guest rooms. Sisal rugs are durable but coarse, and you can use it in high-traffic areas. Stain-resistant seagrass is excellent for kitchens and bathrooms, but its limited color choices won’t add anything extra to a neutral modern palette.
You’ll also need to consider the rug as a functional component of the room. In a dining room, you’ll need an area rug that has two or three inches on each side to let people pull out their chairs. A dining room table usually requires a rug that’s 8″ wide or wider. There should be a one-inch border between an area rug and the walls in your living room. If you have a sofa, loveseat or chairs, the furniture’s front feet should be on the rug.
Consider Color Matching
Color matching is essential for any modern room. Contemporary design doesn’t consist of just neutral, “cool” or bland colors. You can choose bold, bright colors, but make sure they work well together. Visualize the color scheme of the room as a whole, and decorate it in two main colors, with one accent color. For a cheerful, airy look, pair small pops of hot pink on an area rug and ottoman with a turquoise sofa or navy-upholstered chairs.
Add a black area rug with yellow and pink tones for a room with an overall white or neutral color scheme, and include a yellow chair or a few vases with yellow flowers. Red, orange and yellow area rugs help warm up an all-white, sparsely furnished, modern living room and draw the eye towards various accents or pieces of furniture.
You can even use a traditional rug with a modern living room if it’s the right color and size. If you are interested in the right rug for a minimalist modern bathroom design, you can always use a light-colored, waterproof seagrass rug.
Put it All Together
After you’ve taken into account the size, color, pattern, and material needed for prospective area rugs, go with what makes the room look better as a whole. If a rug looks great by itself but throws the entire room design off, choose a different rug that does fit in with the other pieces. Consider saving your first choice for another room if you really like the design