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The Full Guide to Colour in Interior Design: Choosing a Rug

We all have our favourite colours and shades that we tend to gravitate towards. Perhaps you’re a fan of bold and bright interiors, or you love muted tones. Either way, gaining a better understanding of colour, and how it will change and influence your space is a great way to ensure that any changes you make to your home will work for you. 

Introducing Colour to your Home

A great way to play with colour in interiors is through accessories and soft furnishings. To have a big impact though, you might want to consider making changes on a larger scale. An effective way to do this is through introducing rugs to your space. 

By adding a large rug to your room, you can have a big impact. Not only do rugs completely transform the look and feel of your space, they also add warmth and boost insulation, for a super cosy feel. 

Perhaps you want to play with colour a little more in your home, or maybe you want to try out a shade without having to paint walls or make permanent changes. Because rugs are large pieces, they will change the feel of your space far more than decorative vases, cushions and throws might. Introducing a new rug is a great way to introduce new colours, or more colour in your home. 

Choosing a Colour

There are no distinctive rules about what colour should go in what room, but it is important to create a harmonious living space. What colours mean and how they make you feel plays a big role in why you are drawn to them, and may influence which rooms you choose to introduce them into. For example, yellow is energising, and might be well suited to a home office, while blue is calming, and works well in bedrooms. 

Red in Interiors…

Red signifies:  warmth, love, boldness, excitement, speed, strength, energy, determination, desire, passion, courage, socialism.

A red rug will add a bold and dramatic look to your home. Red works well in rooms where you want to feel passionate and social, and dark red shades such as burgundy will add a cosy and alluring feel. The dining room is a great place to introduce red, particularly deeper shades.

View our extensive range of red rugs.

Pink in Interiors…

Pink signifies: femininity, love, caring, nurture.

Pink comes in a variety of shades, from dusky to bright. Bright pink tones work well in rooms to add a playful touch, whereas dusky pink can create a relaxing and nurturing feel. More muted shades of pink work well for bedrooms, and can be a great alternative to calming blues, especially if you want to create a feminine feel. 

There are a wide array of Boho rugs in shades of pink available for you to purchase online! One of the great things about decorating in the Boho style, especially in shades of pink, is that you can go as far as you want to go. Want to add patterns of pink to a shaggy rug for your bedroom? You can do that! Want to go all out and have a bright pink outdoor rug on your patio? You can do that too!

View our extensive range of pink rugs.

Orange in Interiors…

Orange signifies: cheerfulness, low cost, affordability, enthusiasm, stimulation, creativity.

Orange is generally a vibrant and fun shade that reminds us of warm and sunny locations. Terracotta is also a shade of orange that can be really attractive in interiors, and offers a more muted version of orange, if you prefer these sorts of shades, while peach is soft and feminine. 

View our extensive range of orange rugs.

Yellow in Interiors…

Yellow signifies: attention-grabbing, comfort, liveliness, optimism, overwhelm, Summer, comfort, liveliness, intellect, happiness, energy.

Yellow is a great colour to brighten up a dark north facing room, and works particularly well in the kitchen, or open plan kitchen-living spaces where you want to feel energised and inspired. 

View our extensive range of yellow rugs.

Green in Interiors…

Green signifies: durability, reliability, environmental, luxurious, optimism, well-being, nature, calm, relaxation, Spring, safety, honesty, optimism, harmony, freshness.

Depending on the shade of green, green can feel earthy, luxurious, or soft and subtle. It’s a really versatile shade that is often under used in interiors. Deep forest green can be really striking, while sage green has a relaxing feel to it. 

View our extensive range of green rugs.

Blue in Interiors…

Blue signifies: peace, professionalism, loyalty, reliability, honour, trust, coldness, Winter, depth, stability.

From duck egg and electric blue, to rich navy, blue is a really versatile shade. Generally speaking, blue is a cool colour, and works well in sunny south facing rooms. Blue tends to have a calming feel to it, making it great for rooms where you want to rest and relax. 

View our extensive range of blue rugs.

Purple in Interiors…

Purple signifies: power, royalty, nobility, elegance, sophistication, luxury, mystery, royalty, elegance, magic.

Purple has a regal feel to it, particularly cooler tones. Berry shades have a lovely warming feel to them, and will be striking in nearly every room in the home. 

View our extensive range of purple rugs.

Grey in Interiors…

Grey signifies: conservatism, traditionalism, intelligence, serious.

Grey is a popular choice in interior design, because it offers so much versatility. With a wide range of shades, from light to dark and cool to warm, grey can make a space feel cosy and comfy, or bright and open. 

View our extensive range of grey rugs.

Black in Interiors…

Black signifies: Elegance, sophistication, formality, power, strength, night.

Black is great for adding contrast. In order to balance a room, both light and dark shades are necessary. If you have mostly gone for light colours, try a black rug to ground the space.

View our extensive range of black rugs.

White in Interiors…

White signifies: Cleanliness, purity, newness, peace, innocence, simplicity, snow, ice, cold.

White is a great option for dark rooms that you want to brighten up, or rooms with dark colours on the walls to add balance, while a white rug may seem like a risky choice, generally they can work quite well even in busy homes.

View our extensive range of white rugs.

  • Posted On: 8 January 2016

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