Red is a thoroughly modern color – bold, unapologetic and hard to miss. It works brilliantly with blacks and white, blends with browns, and adds contrast and flavor to designs dominated by orange or pink. You can use red to create crisp patterns, provide a strong visual anchor or even liven up subtle tonal effects. It’s a can’t-miss color that can work in a surprising number of contexts. These five rooms show a few of the different ways red rugs can be used to complement and complete a modern design.
Turn Up the Heat in a Clean, Pastel Room with Red Rug
This funky pink and red room blends a Moroccan vibe with modern bench sofas in pale pink to create a space that is at once soft and bold. The stripes in the rug and the square shapes of the seating area contrast with the beautiful Moroccan arches and columns, and the vibrant rug keeps the room from being too overpoweringly pastel. A small Moroccan-style accent table adds extra flair, and ultra-modern light reflections on the columns completes the look. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch.
Define Seating Area with Red Rug
The vibrant swirl-patterned red rug works with the red seating options to create a clearly defined conversation area in this open room by Miami designer Doug Meyer. A wood-paneled wall lends a vibe that lands somewhere between mid-century and the ‘70s, and the funky artwork on the walls mimics the pattern of the rug. The velvet sofa and round barrel armchair add to the ‘70s feel. The remainder of the furniture sticks with clean, modern lines, keeping the room looking fresh and contemporary instead of campy. Photo courtesy of Doug & Gene Meyer.
Add Warmth to Cherished Family Space with Floral Bessarabian Rug
This floral-patterned Bessarabian rug helps lend color and charm to an unusually warm modern space. From the mismatched light fixtures and dining chairs to the hodge-podge of framed photos on the wall, the space has a certain sense of visual chaos that is ultimately tamed by the sturdy square shapes of the furniture and clean white walls. Photo courtesy of Elle Decor UK.
Use Pops of Red to Pep up a Neutral Palette
The gorgeous Bassar Savonnerie oriental rug combines red, cream and beige tones to provide a gentle anchor to a room by Jim Koch Studio that has a sense of understated elegance. The rug gives the room a soft, lush feeling that complements the fabric of the dining chairs and settee bench without overpowering the clean, airy feeling provided by the soft beige walls and spare design. A large mirror and dining table in a dark mahogany finish give a contemporary feel to the space, and a funky paper floor lamp completes the look.
Pull Together an Eclectic Room with Orange-Red Rug
The modern style of this toanal red rug provides visual interest in a spare bedroom by Michael Formica Inc. that utilizes eclectic furnishings and fixtures rather than art to make a bold statement. While the walls are almost entirely bare, each piece in the room is totally unique, from the modern cubist coffee table to the metallic lamp and purple bench seat. Overstuffed orange loveseats provide a comfortable conversation area, and the base of the console table against the wall nicely mimics the pattern on the floor, tying the look together. Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest.
Red rugs can provide a bold and exciting visual anchor in any modern room. Try using them to create drama, or punch up a clean or soft look and you’ll see why so many designers opt for this dramatic color choice.