Viewing rooms or seeing pictures of rooms with blue rugs can help give you an idea of what you can do with color blue and with blue rugs. Such exposure can be inspiring, but it can also be mortifying if you come across a few rooms that have misused blue rugs or have overused the color. You might even begin to doubt your initial inspiration to decorate with blue rugs. However, just because blue has been abused by some, should not lead you to give up on this magnificent color that nature chose for the sky and for the oceans that cover 71% of the earth’s surface! There are many ways to design chic and stylish rooms with blue rugs and for today’s post I have compiled 6 magnificent rooms with blue rugs that teach us 6 different ways to create chic and stylish rooms with blue rugs. I hope these examples will restore your faith in blue and encourage you to proceed with your initial inspiration.
1. Resist the Temptation to Over-Match with Blue Rug
Don’t over match – Patterns, hues, and scales should be full of variety. While matching colors and upholstery can be well done and provide a sense of unity for the room, an untrained hand can get over-zealous. Use a gentle hand and remember: less is more.
Blue rug in living room designed by Christopher Maya . Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine
Christopher Maya has created a beautiful room, making little use of the color blue after the blue rug. Found briefly in a blue accent pillow and in the design on the chair fabrics, blue is far from overused in this room. Instead soft shades of yellow and red are used around the room and the glossy black fireplace contrast dramatically with white.
2. Use Large Expanses of Warm Color with Blue Rug
Since blue is a cool color, you can create a warm and inviting space by using large amount of warm color. If used well the warm color will also make the blue rug pop as in the room below.
Blue rug in Tyrol Hills, Minnesota modern living room designed by Peterssen Keller Architecture. Image courtesy Houzz.com
This room incorporates more blues but instead of perfect matches in the hues, a number of soft blues are used in the decor. The blue rug has a bright energizing color which pops even more becasue it is seen against the brown wood floor and wood wall. This room steps away from the traditional use of white in conjunction with a blue rug, instead turning to gray walls and large expanses of light brown wood.
3. Design a Romantic and Decadent Room with Blue Rug
Lilac and lavender are complemantary colors to blue and they can be used very effectively to create a romantic atmosphere when used with a blue rug as designer Hal Williamson did in the New Orleans living room below.
Blue rug in New Orleans living room designed by Hal Williamson. The Louis XVI wing chairs, chandelier, the urns flanking the fireplace, the mirror on the mantel, and the tiered sconce were all found in local antiques stores. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine
Hal Williamson decorated this romantic space with soft blues and lilacs. With beautiful antique pieces and a lovely chandelier, the room gives a decadent feel. Also pulling away from the use of white walls, the lilac walls add to the romantic essence of the space.
4. Create Crisp Space with White and Dark Brown on a Blue Rug
Give traditional rooms a modern look by painting walls white and ceiling a glossy white and using dark wood trim. This will create a light and airy contrast against the blue rug as Marshall Watson did in the living room below.
Blue and green rug in living room designed by Marshall Watson. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine
Marshall Watson decorated with a variety of blues in addition to a mix of patterns in different scales. Beginning with the large scale stripes on the blue rug, the scale diminishes, moving to the pillows, the sofa’s hounds tooth, and finally the curtains. Watson gave this room a crisp and modern look by painting the walls white and the ceiling a glossy white. The dark hardwood floors add warmth and connect with the dark wood trim on the staircase.
5. Create Layering with Many Shades of Blue on a Blue Rug
Blue and white rug in a seaside living room designed by Annie Selke. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine
This seaside inspired space has a striped blue rug that has provided an excellent palette to tie in several shades of blue in the fabrics and accessories. The armchairs pull from the darker blues, while the glass orbs take their color from the lightest of blues found in the blue rug. The greens in the rug are brought together with the blues again in the decorative pillows and the curtains. The white walls are reminiscent of glittering sunlight on the rippling waves.
6. Use White Vaulted Ceilings to Create the Effect of Sky on a Blue Rug
Blue rug in living area in a Martha’s Vineyard home. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine
This room brings to mind the sky and a perfect day for cloud watching. This blue rug is a patchwork of various hues, rolling gently across the rug. This rolling of slight color variation extends throughout the decor. It’s the perfect room to enjoy the breeze, sip a lemonade, and engage in some summer reading. Again, this room uses white walls. They remind visitors of the clouds as the vaulted ceilings lift their gazes to the sky.
Here is a selection of blue rugs in geometric and floral patterns:
Ascot Needlepoint Rug is a riff on geometric patterns found in historical objects. Available in several other colors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Sigma BC Oriental Rug has a Greek fretwork geometric pattern and is handmade in hand spun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Bombay Needlepoint Rughas an elegant geometric pattern in cream and soft blue that works with both modern and traditional decor. Available in other colors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Bergamo CB Needlepoint Rug is handmade in hand spun wool in a highly texture needlepoint stitch reminiscent of Madiera needlepoint rugs and old English needlepoint rugs. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.