11 Ways to Decorate with Green Rugs and Pantone 2017 Color “Greenery”

Pantone’s 2017 color of the year Greenery, “…bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” writes Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman on the Pantone website.

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Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year “Greenery” is supported by “Kale”. 

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1. The ancient pattern of the Como Oriental rug contrasts with the weathered wood of the table and branch sculpture. There is also a wonderful mix of textures -the cut and loop texture of the rug contrasts with the gray silk chair upholstery, polished metal disk, chipped door and smooth screen. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.


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Detail view of the Como oriental rug shows several shades of green supported by cream, gold, grey and taupe. The rug’s supporting colors guided the selection of colors for wall, fabrics and accessories. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



6 Tips for Decorating with Rugs and Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year “Greenery”


1. Chose a rug because you love it and not because it is has the colors of a forecast.

During many years of designing rugs for Asmara, I have learnt that while it is fun to look at color forecasts, it is important to put them aside and choose the colors I like and not become a slave of what the forecast tells me. This way my creativity has a chance to come up with a color palette that may or may not include the forecated colors, but which is more interesting than the color forecast. 

2. Avoid green rugs with a narrow color palette

If a rug has a limited palette of greens it will soon begin to look dated. To avoid such a fate, choose rugs that contain several shades of green as well as supporting neutrals such as gold, grey and taupe. A rug with a balanced color palette will guide your choice of wall colors, fabrics and acessories and the room will feel distinctive and inviting.

3. Use supporting colors on large surfaces to balance the green rug

A rug occupies a large area and it needs to be balanced with a large area of a supporting color. Walls are a great place to use supporting colors. In the living room the green Como oriental rug is balanced with grey walls. The circular gold disc on the wall and the silver grey silk chair fabric add more neutrals.

4. Ceate a mix of different textures and decorative styles

The living room mixes ancient patterns in the Como rug with rough weathered wood grain of the table and branch sculpture. The cut and loop texture of the Como rug contrasts with smooth silk, metal disk, chipped door frame and smooth screen. 

5. Move energy in the room with pops of color

White doors and a cream folding screen pop against grey walls and green rug creating movement and energy in the room. Pop can be created with neutral white as well as by a contrasting color.

6. Create a satisfying interplay of shapes and volumes

Good interior design satisfies our senses in multiple ways which includes the interplay of shapes and sizes. In this living room oval medallions in the Como rug resonate with the round metal disk, cylindrical sculpture and curved chair. These rounded shapes are balanced by straight lines in the screen, door and tables.

Here are 10 more ways of decorating with green rugs



2. The Treillage Aubusson Rug 5137C picks up the colors of the garden in the bedroom of a Naples, Florida house designed by Simonsen-Hickok Interiors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



The Treillage Aubusson Rug 5137C contains hundreds of shades of green ranging from blue-greens to yellow-greens. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



3. White and yellow upholstery and red, blue and gold pillows pick up the colors found in the Undersea Mosaics Needlepoint Rug 1216C. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



4. An elegant living room designed by Frank Babb Randolph anchored by the Bombay Needlepoint Rug 1325CGRug Design © Asmara, Inc.



5. The Como Oriental Rug 6099G adds sophistication to a mid-century living room design scheme. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



6. A Giant Leaf Feuille de Choux Aubusson rug and white bed linen and upholstery create an elegant bedroom designed by antique collector Furlow Gatewood.



The Julien Aubusson Rug inspired by a 16th century Giant Leaf Feuille de Choux tapestry. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.


The Verdure Aubusson Rug is inspired by a mid-16th century Giant Leaf Feuille de Choux tapestry. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



7. A Regency style dining room scheme feels fresh on the Flowing Coral Needlepoint Rug 1214CGRug Design © Asmara, Inc.



8.  An abstract painting contrasts with the 16th-century pattern of the

Seville Oriental Rug 6002GRug Design © Asmara, Inc.



9. The Medici Oriental Rug 6045CYG was made from a watercolor painting inspired by Florentine silk damasks which accounts for the hundreds of shades of green. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



10. Orange walls contrast with the yellow-greens in the Spring Oriental Rug 7007C

Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.



11. Bunny Williams Federal style dining room has a wide range of greens and reds found in the Directoire Oriental Rug 7114GRug Design © Asmara, Inc.



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