Years ago, working with neutral rugs meant working with infinite variations of white, beige and taupe rugs. All of this has changed, now leading interior designers are adding vibrant color to make a room “pop” . The best brown rugs have become the favorite neutral rugs. Today we will learn from 9 top designers what accent colors go best with brown rugs and how to use brown rugs in living rooms, family rooms, library and bedrooms. A reliable guide is to think of the colors found in nature alongside brown.
1. Garrow Kedigian shows that the best brown decorator rugs allow you to use many accent colors. This brown decorator rug with a cream geometric fretwork pattern looks stunning with furnishings in blue, turquoise, aqua, gray, taupe, cream and red. This New York bedroom is a masterpiece of modern-traditional design and color composition. Garrow apprenticed with the legendary William Hodgins in Boston for 6 years before making a mark in New York.
2. Sara Story introduces energy with this pulsating geometric patterned decorator rug with gray-brown background. Sara then quietens it all down with the serene tonal colors of the furniture and accessories: pale blue, gray, taupe and cream provide a soothing and sophisticated counterpoint to the dynamic energy of the brown decorator rug.
3. Bunny Williams shows how to decorate with decorator rugs that have brown as an accent color. This room shows what a wide range of vibrant colors can be paired with a brown decorator rug. It is easy to understand this if you look at how brown occurs in nature in flowering plants, trees and rocks next to red, purple, yellow, orange, blue, aqua and cream. This is why all these colors look so good in Bunny Williams Kips Bay Show House living room.
4. Amanda Nisbet created a dramatic library by limiting the palette to blue, white, black and soft pink to go with the taupe-brown geometric decorator rug. The room is so well edited it feels contemporary even though the upholstery, paneling and book cases have traditional forms.
5. Martyn Lawrence Bullard limits the color palette to blue, white, wood tones, green and a touch of saffron yellow to go with the striped brown decorator rug. The room has the relaxed ambiance of an African safari lodge.
6. Ann Jones. I included this beautiful living room to show that you can create a stunning brown color scheme without having any brown in the decorator rug. A cream decorator rug can support chocolate browns beautifully. The wood tones of the coffee table, the deep plum throw, white porcelain and the metallic gray fireplace mantel are a sophisticated and modern color palette.
7. Kelly Wearstler limited the color palette to go with this geometric decorator rug to just white and dusty reddish-purple with small amounts of gold and green to create a mysterious, romantic and fashionable canopy bedroom
8. Melanie Elston accented the geometric brown decorator rug with white, cobalt blue and a taupe-cream to create a dramatic living room that allows you to fully enjoy the magnificent ocean views. The decorator rug’s lobed medallions appear as outlines in white and echo the rounded shapes of the sea shell upholstered chairs by the window and the cobalt blue chairs in the foreground.
9. Leta Foster shows how to use a geometric brown decorator rug with classic traditional patterns in cream, brown and red.
Here is a selection of some of the best brown rugs from the Asmara Collection that will work with a wide range of accent colors:
Istana Savonnerie rug has accents of green, gold, purple and cream. It is available from stock in a wide range of sizes upto 14’x20′.
The Mosaic J decorator rug is inspired by a 2000 year old Roman stone pavemant and is made of hand spun wool and silk. Mosaic is available in two additional shades of dark brown: Mosaic N and Mosaic M1.
The Kirov Savonnerie rug and the Kirov Needlepoint rug have a chocolate brown background and the colors are inspired by the stage sets at the legendary Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.