There’s nothing like the color orange to add vibrancy to a room – it’s undeniably eye-catching, dramatic and punchy. But orange rugs can also add a touch of elegance and warmth to a room when the rug has an interesting texture and an engaging pattern which can be subtle or ornate depending on the look and feel you desire. The five rooms below show a variety of different styles of coral and orange rugs and how to create an impactful room design with them.
Add Excitement to Small, Dark Space
The coral and orange rug in this small nook of the 2012 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House brightens the space and adds a touch of regal charm. Designers John Fernandez and Jennifer True use the oriental rug to contrast with the rich-looking orange and gold chair, and to complement the quirky orange rabbit painting on the wall above. Dark wood paneling lines the walls, and an intricate black light fixture adorns the ceiling. Photo courtesy of Splendid Sass.
Add Color to an Elegant, Neutral Room
The patterned orange Oushak rug creates a sturdy and eye-catching anchor in this dining room that is also part of the 2012 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House. Photo courtesy of Splendid Sass.
Designer Carole Weaks used shades of beige to create an understated backdrop for a room dominated by an unusual seating arrangement – the oval wood table is surrounded by a softly cushioned loveseat, matching cushioned armchairs and an ornate straight-backed chair. A second dining area on the other end of the room mirrors the arrangement. A crystal teardrop chandelier adds regal charm to the space.
Add Warmth and Elegance to Contemporary Room
This comfortable, eclectic living room by Todhunter Earle Interiors uses an intricately patterned cream and orange Oushak rug to anchor the conversation area. Image courtesy Todhunter Earle Interiors.
Softly cushioned, contemporary sofas and beautiful cushioned benches surround a large, square coffee table covered with books. Large pieces of artwork in mixed styles dominate the walls, and small, intricate pieces cover ornate side tables beneath them, contrasting with the simple styling of the furniture.
Anchor a Sunny Conversation Area
This chic library in Lord March’s Goodwood estate in West Sussex, England, uses dramatic natural lighting and a colorful orange oriental rug with a plain coral colored stried field and a navy blue border with an oriental rug pattern. The plain coral colored field of the rug provides relief from the heavy look of the tall shelves of books along the walls. The patterned border of the rug adds just enough strength so the rug can be a good anchor for the room. A rug that is entirely plain would look too weak in this room. Comfortable upholstered chairs, sofa and an ornate chaise create a comfortable reading area. Lamps are placed throughout the room to provide many places to sit and read. Photo courtesy of The Interior Archive.
Create a Vibrant Anchor in a Simple Space
This dining room in the Paris apartment of Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott uses an ornate coral, gold, blue and orange oriental rug atop a polished black floor to create a dramatic and vibrant anchor for the ultra-modern grey and blue dining table and chairs. Low-backed chairs surround a simple table, which contrasts with the ornate black and gold sideboard along one wall. Vases of fresh pink flowers complete the look. Photo courtesy of Vogue.
If you’re looking for a way to add drama and vibrancy to a design, try a patterned coral and orange rug. They can take a simple room design into stellar territory, add comfortable charm, or lighten and brighten a design.