5 Hot Rug Trends (and Rug Buying Tips!)

Hi all! I’m Shelby Hill, the associate editor over at Wayfair.com, the internet’s largest furniture store. As a fellow Bostonian and home decorating enthusiast, I’m thrilled to be talking interior design with you all on Pop & Circumstance.

Beginning a decorating project can be overwhelming, but I believe you should always start with the color scheme. Then once you’ve got that in place, it’s important to pick the right rug for your space. Since it’s such a large block of color and/or pattern, a rug will help set the tone for your room. Even though a rug is definitely one item you want to invest in, there’s no harm in being in style, too. Here are five of my favorite hot rug trends:

layered rugs
1. Layering Rugs: To create a space that’s unique and full of warmth, consider layering two (or even three!) area rugs on top of each other. A few popular combinations are: jute or sisal and animal hide; multiple kilim rugs; and flatweave and sheepskin.

The key to this trend is to keep the larger, bottom rug in a neutral color. By setting a neutral base, you can layer a fun, colorful, or patterned rug on top and it won’t clash or become too overwhelming.

Rule of thumb: When layering rugs, make sure the top rug is at least 12 to 18 inches smaller than the bottom rug so you can see the contrast between the two.

indoor and outdoor
2. Indoor/Outdoor Rugs: Outdoor spaces can be just as fabulous as indoor rooms with this trend! Polypropylene, a super durable, stain- and fade-resistant material, is everywhere in the rug world, making it even easier to dress up your patio or porch. It can be found in nearly every color of the rainbow and tons of eye-catching patterns.

They’re not just for outdoors, either! This hardworking material is ideal for high-traffic and spill-prone areas in your home, such as kids’ spaces, dining rooms, and hallways.

Rule of Thumb: No matter where your rug lives, place a rug pad beneath it to provide extra cushion, prevent the rug from slipping, and help dampen sound. (If you live in an apartment, your neighbors will love you!)

boucherouite rug
Photo: La Casa De Coto, etsy.com

3. Boucherouite Rugs: Made from recycled materials (think old t-shirts, extra yarn, and unraveled threads) by nomadic Berber families in Morocco, Boucherouite rugs are one-of-a-kind and beautiful. They’re usually brightly colored and feature freeform geometric patterns with long piles (like a shag rug). Take a peek at etsy’s selection if you love these eco-friendly and socially-conscious rugs.

overdyed rug
nuLoom’s Hawkesbury Turquoise Overdyed Style Harper Rug

4. Overdyed Rugs: A fresh take on antique Turkish rugs, over-dyed versions are truly bold and beautiful statement makers. Traditionally, natural vegetable dyes are used to create the deep pigment after the rugs have been distressed to add character. Both antique and contemporary, these rugs work well with nearly all styles, from modern to traditional.

Rule of Thumb: Rotate your rug every six months to protect against uneven wear from foot traffic and furniture weight. This is especially important with boldly colored and over-dyed rugs.

bold rug
5. Bold Color: Choose a rug with only one or two vivid colors to be the focal point of a space. Or select a multicolored rug and use it as a painter would his palette—pull colors from the rug’s design to incorporate into your room’s decor.

Some of my favorite hues for an area rug are: royal emerald (Pantone’s 2013 color of the year), stately cobalt blue, of-the-moment citron, coastal aqua, and hot persimmon (above).

Which rug trend is your favorite?

Shelby bioBio: Shelby Hill hopes to inspire readers to create their perfect home with clever and informative articles about décor and interior design. As the resident of a tiny studio apartment in Boston, Mass., Shelby knows how important ingenious and creative design solutions can be. In addition to her passions for photography, food, and faraway places, Shelby is the associate editor at Wayfair.com, the internet’s largest furniture store.

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