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How to Choose a Rug Colour for Your Home | Rugs Direct

From bright and bold Moroccan rugs to more subtle woollen ranges, you’re spoilt for choice when finding a rug with Rugs Direct. To help you narrow down the various warps and wefts available, we’ve gathered a few of our favourite tips on how to choose rug colours for your home.


How to choose a rug colour – dog standing on a couch, with a rug underneath


Remember, the Choice is Always Yours 

While there are countless design philosophies that many decorators will swear by, it’s always important to remember that it’s your design! In terms of colours, choosing a colour that you like and won’t get sick of quickly is essential. There are no right or wrong colours; it comes down to your tastes and preferences. However, a few things are useful to consider when choosing your rug colour.


How to choose a rug colour - red rug under a glass table


The Importance of Your Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle carefully and how you will use the room before settling on a rug colour. For example, white or neutral colours aren’t wise for a household with kids and pets – dirt and stains will stick out like a sore thumb. Instead, you’ll want to opt for something a little darker.

How to choose a rug colour – grey rug in a dim-lit room


Colour Matching

Always keep the colour matching subtle and not over the top to harmonise everything in your room. If your space is already full of colours, you don’t necessarily need to try and match your rug to its environment; it is best to choose a neutral colour.


The opposite applies to a neutral room; a brightly coloured rug will look great. Your rug will help make your design come together by matching a wall or furniture colour.


How to choose a rug colour – colourful hallway rug pattern


Material Matters!

Knowing how to choose the right rug colour isn’t just about colour! The material of the rug will affect the colour too. Various materials will absorb light differently, causing colour variation depending on the material used. The natural fibres of wool rugs tend to absorb light more than synthetic fibres. Also, the light will vary depending on which side of the yarn it is reflected off. The yarn's cut edge will always show darker colours than the other side.


How to choose a rug colour – blue and grey rug under a table & couch


Find a Colour that Fits You with Rugs Direct

While there are countless things you can and should consider when choosing a rug colour, it’s more important to find something you like. Adding a rug to your interior design is the perfect way to introduce personality into your home. At Rugs Direct, we have an extensive range of rugs in various styles and colours to ensure you find something to match you and your home. 


The images in this blog are from our lovely customers who have shared the rugs they bought from us on our Rugs Direct Facebook page!



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