You may have become enamored with the idea of decorating your home with geometric rugs, but you’re not exactly sure how to go about it. Geometric rugs, ranging from stark black and white rugs with wide stripes to pale Oushak rugs with geometricized floral motifs, can bring positive visual and emotional energy into a room. Chosen properly and carefully, geometric rugs are beautiful additions to a home. Chosen with abandon and without a thought to the rest of the space, geometric rugs can create a jarring and overwhelming feeling in a space if they clash with everything else in the room. Avoid the common mistakes people make when choosing geometric rugs will help you design stylish and inviting rooms. The first step is to open up your perspective on geometric rugs. Geometric shapes are present in modern geometric rugs and in geometric rugs inspired by antique rugs and classical architecture. This gives you a wide range of options. Listed below are ways to make your geometric rug selection process a successful one.
Ames Ingham used this diamond-tile geometric rug to beautifully ground this elegantly decorated room, allowing the pattern to stand on its own. The only thing repeated in the space is the geometric rug’s black and white color. Image courtesy Elle Decor.
1. Resist the Urge to Repeat the Geometric Rug’s motifs Over and Over Again in Room.
If you’ve got a rug filled with hexagon shapes, you might be drawn to a piece of art with shapes that resonate with the rugs pattern, and that could be really stunning. Even the addition of a similarly styled wallpaper could be beautiful if it’s a wallpaper that’s not overwhelming. The problem comes in when people overwhelm the room with the pattern. Hexagon art, hexagon sculptures, hexagon-patterned drapes, hexagon-printed tablecloths – you can see how it can quickly get out of hand, Instead of a room featuring a geometric rug that celebrates a certain shape, you have a theme room.
2. Have Fun With Scale but Avoid Making Everything in the Room the Same Scale
The gorgeous Greek key pattern, frequently used as a border, has been blown up exponentially in this blue and white geometric rug, taking center stage in this gorgeous room by Amanda Nisbet. Image courtesy dreamdesignlive blog.
Don’t be afraid to play with scale when it comes to the patterns in geometric rugs. If you love circle shapes, you could choose a rug that is filled with hundreds of tiny round orbs. An idea that would be equally lovely is to find a rug that has only a few giant haphazardly placed circles on it. The effect can be bold, contemporary and elegant.
When you are using a large scale pattern, make sure you do not use other large scale patterns in the room or they will compete with each other. Instead mix patterns of different scales such as large, medium and small scale patterns. Mixing patterns of different scales allows our eyes to see and enjoy the entire room as a whole and complete work of art. Look closely at Amanda Nisbet’s room and you will see that the large scale Greek key pattern is balanced by a small scale geometric pattern in the table and the medium scale pattern of the wall paneling.
3. Choose the Colors of the Geometric Rug Carefully
Coco Chanel once said, “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” Remember this when choosing the colors in your room. If you’ve got geometric rugs filled with vibrant hues, pay attention to the colors that you use in the rest of the room. You don’t want to create a space where all of the colors in the room are the same, but you also don’t want to use colors that clash with each other. Designers make good use of the color wheel, and so should you . Choose some colors that complement each other and other that create pop becuase they contrast with the main colors in the room.
4. Pay Attention to How You Place Furniture in Relation to the Geometric Rug
Geometric shapes are the definition of symmetry, so pay attention to the way you arrange your furniture and accessories in the room when working with geometric rugs. Furniture placement is even more important when you are decorating with geometric rugs with very large scale patterns as in the above room by interior designer Amanda Nisbet. In this case the round coffee table is placed off center because this looks better with the geometric rug’s pattern which appears to be running at an angle. Furniture placement is something you should experiment with. Try different placements until you find an arrangement that not only looks good but also makes the people in the room feel comfortable.
If furniture and accessories are not placed in the room properly, the room will seem “off.” Furniture placement that seems off in a room with a plain rug will seem even more off-balance in a room featuring a geometric rug.