You may love the idea of decorating with orange rugs, but you may also be wondering about how they’ll work with the other colors in your room. The answer is “beautifully.” Orange has a knack for working with many different colors, especially those that contrast with it or complement it. Look at the warm hue of a weathered rust-colored leather Chesterfield, and how it adds seductive wow factor to a room. Have you ever seen the dance of orange and blue colors that intermingle when a flame burns? The colors seem made for each other, a bewitching blend of orange and blue. You’ve never seen a garden filled with brightly colored flowers and freshly mown grass and thought, “Wow, these colors clash!” Instead, you’ve probably been lulled into a sense of peace or energized by the colors that you find in nature. When decorating with orange rugs, think of the colors that bring out the beauty of orange without overwhelming the space.
Pair Orange Rugs with Dark Wood Tones and Cream
Steven Sclaroff-designed den in Kate and Andy Spade Southampton home pairs dark wood tones with white and cream. Image courtesy Steven Sclaroff.
Kate and Andy Spade’s beautiful Steven Sclaroff-designed Southampton home, now on the market, has been photographed many times, and with good reason. Sclaroff believes that rooms can be decorated with bright colors without the colors coming off as garish or jarring. Think of how Mother Nature creates an explosion of different colors that always seem to go together perfectly and Sclaroff must have learned which colors go together by observing nature.
In this room, the brightly colored orange rug seems made for the space. The bright white walls back the dark wooden beams that reach an apex at the peaked ceiling. A white stuffed armchair, small white side table and wooden storage cabinet are lit by the sunlight that floods through the room’s casement window. In addition to the overhead lanterns, the other main source of light in the room is the bright orange rug. Orange rugs used in this way can illuminate a room by being the main source of color in the space. The white of the walls and the furniture and the dark brown of the beams are neutral colors in the space, providing the perfect balance for the brightness of the rug. The space feels happy and peaceful, the perfect place to curl up in the chair with your tablet and a cup of tea.
Pair Orange Rugs With Colors Found in Nature
Scene designed by nature and featuring an orange Ascot RGD needlepoint rug. Photography by Koch Studio.
This scene perfectly underscores the brilliance of pairing orange rugs with colors found in nature. The burnt sienna and gold tones of this needlepoint rug nestle against the rich, black pebbles. Even though the rug has a geometric pattern, it doesn’t seem out of place in the scene. This shows you that even boldly designed orange rugs won’t be out of place in your home as long as they are surrounded by complementary colors. The pale cerulean sky softly accents the rug, highlighting the stunning pairing of orange and blue. The varying shades of green in the grass range from moss to Kelly and prove that multiple colors used in a single space don’t have to be jarring. This scene also highlights the importance of layering and using multiple textures in order to create a seamless blend of composition and color.
Life is about using the whole box of crayons. When decorating with orange rugs, lay them down and then bring other colors into the room. If the room just keeps getting better you’re doing it right.
Here is a selection of orange and coral rugs as well as rugs with coral and orange accent colors:
The Malaga Savonnerie Oriental Rug contains blue, green, purple and coral and orange and shows how to pair these colors with coral and orange. The rug has not been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Marbella RY Savonnerie Oriental Rug has a yellow damask field and a border with many shades of coral. The rug has not been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Flowing Coral CG Needlepoint Rug shows what kinds of green and blue shades go well with orange and coral colors.The rug has not been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Kos Oushak Rug has a golden beige background with accents of red and green. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara.
The Anatolia PC Oushak Rug has a coral background with subtle accents of yellow green and a cream border. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Marmaris Oushak Rug has melon, gold, brown and white with hundreds of shade variations that are natural in fine hand spun. The soft and antique look is natural and this rug has not been was been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.