Orange Rugs and Bold Patterns Heighten Wow! Factor in 7 Interiors

Orange is one of the big colors this fall, and you’d be surprised how many ways you can use this bold color to add drama and flair to any room in the home. While orange might seem tricky to coordinate, in reality, it works with a huge number of color schemes. It can add a bold punch of color to a black and white interior. It works surprisingly well with blue, its complementary color on the color wheel. It adds extra interest to a room that uses pinks, corals or reds in the predominant color scheme. It blends nicely with golds, yellows and browns. Orange rugs can be used to make dramatic statements in a number of different ways. Use a bold orange rug as an anchor point, or use a softer coral pattern to create a remarkably rich and elegant backdrop to blend elements of the room. And when you pair the color with another of the season’s biggest trends – geometric patterns – the wow factor goes off the charts.

Geometric Rugs Rule This Season

Geometric patterns are one of the biggest decorating trends of 2013, and a geometric rug can be a dramatic statement piece. Look for stripes, chevrons and quirky patterns of all sorts – you can even create a look that is reminiscent of Moroccan floor tiles. Don’t be afraid to try mismatched patterns in complementary colors.

Create Interest by Mixing Geometric Rug with French Styles

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London based interior designer John Stefanidis pairs a white and orange striped rug with French Empire-style faux trompe l’oeil drapery painted on the walls in this stylish bedroom on the Greek island of Spetses. Image courtesy Fritz von der Schulenburg/The Interior Archive.

This striped rug in a burnt orange shade works beautifully with the white and baby blue interior to create a look that’s bold but not overwhelming. It also adds a hard edge to offset the Empire-style faux trompe l’oeil drapery painted on the walls.

Use Mismatched Patterns with Orange Rug to Turn Up Wow Factor

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This bold white and orange rug blends beautifully with matching flower patterned curtains and adds punch to a room with otherwise muted colors of grey, black, white and brown wood. The overall effect is comfortable without being fussy. Image courtesy Houzz.

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Bold Patterns and Colors with Geometric Rugs

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This eclectic, bold orange settee fabric and blue and beige geometric rug combo by Jeffers Design Group shows that you can pair blue and orange together brilliantly in a room – and you don’t have to match patterns to make it work. Image courtesy Jeffers Design Group.

Use Orange Rug with Pink to Punch Up a Pastel Room

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This orange rug blends floral and geometric designs and adds definite interest to a room dominated by pink walls and white neoclassical ceiling. It also works beautifully with the eclectic blend of black and white plaid fabrics and contemporary art.

Use Orange Oushak Rugs to Define Areas in Large Open Plan Room

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This burnt-orange Oushak rug in the home of Kate and Andy Spade resonates with the color of the coffee table and creates a pleasing contrast with blue in the pillows, chair fabric and sofa trim and artwork on the walls. Interior design and image courtesy Steven Sclaroff.

Use Bold Orange Geometric Rug to Create a Modern Vibe

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This square-on-square geometric rug by Susan Diana Harris Interior Design creates an instant sense of mid-century charm. Image courtesy Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Mix Vintage Styles to Liven Up a Room

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This striking 1920s Navajo rug in the Houston home of interior designer J. Randall Powers livens up a toned-down, traditional entrance hall that also features a Regency settee and a Ming-dynasty sake jar. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Pairing orange with bold geometric patterns can be a surprisingly simple way to add extra drama to any room. Try incorporating an orange rug into your design, and you’ll find that these two trends combine to create a statement that can’t be denied.


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