How to Pick the Perfect Decorative Rug for a Bedroom: 7 Tips

Before you start searching for the perfect decorative rug for the bedroom, take a few minutes to reflect on the direction you want to go in designing the bedroom: Are you designing a romantic getaway, or a quiet refuge in the midst of a city? Would you like to have space for family gatherings, or is it an intimate couple’s realm? Would you like to relax on a daybed by the garden window, or is a comfortable space for quiet work more important? The seven bedrooms show several different design directions. Once you have a clear picture of the look and feel you are aiming for, it will become easier to find the perfect decorative rug, fabrics, furniture and materials.

Romantic Mountain Getaway

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Weathered wood cathedral ceiling and window frames contrast with a luxurious fur bed throw in a romantic hideaway in Big Sky, Montana designed by Markham Roberts, Inc. A grey rug with a small scale textured geometric pattern contrasts with a smooth white writing desk and purple pillows create pop against the grey sofa.

An Urbane Refuge

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AD100 interior designer Seven Gambrel created an elegant refuge in the city with dark grey walls, pale pinkish-grey silk canopy, dark polished wood Neoclassical furniture and a silky textured geometric rug to create a tasteful refuge in a busy metropolis.

Warmly Welcoming

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Barbara Gisel Design chose gold fabric wall covering, white cathedral ceiling, pale lavender upholstery and a gold, cream and taupe Valencia Oriental rug to create an elegant master bedroom with a seating area conducive to intimate family gatherings.

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Cool lavender brushed upholstery creates a cool contrast with the warm gold damask texture of the Valencia rug in the seating area of the Barbara Gisel designed master bedroom.

Cheerful Sanctuary:

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Washington DC designer Susan Nelson created a cheerful atmosphere in a master bedroom with gold and white silk damask bed covering and a red and white Bergamo needlepoint rug.

Invigorating Bedroom Sitting Area

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Susan Nelson created an invigorating ambiance in the sitting area of the above bedroom by pairing a bright blue silk upholstered sofa with the Bamboo needlepoint rug in vibrant apple green and white.

A Historian’s Retreat:


A navy blue antique rug layered on top of a grey carpet complements a Neoclassical armoire, a grey daybed and brilliant blue pillows and bench cushion in an antique lovers Los Angeles bedroom.

Book Lover’s Romantic Sanctuary:


 A 19th century English wrought iron and brass canopy bed, stacks of white pillows, cream upholstered chairs, white walls, sloping ceiling and a small library are anchored by a white and cream textured damask rug creating a light filled romantic sanctuary.

 An Aesthete’s Refuge:


AD100 interior designer Suzanne Kasler created a calm and elegant bedroom by pairing a blue and ivory Neoclassical bench with a bold Greek key bordered silk bed cover anchored by a grey silk rug. A daybed provides relaxing garden views and gentle natural light.

Images courtesy of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Suzanne Kasler

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