A black rug can be the perfect grounding element in any room and can set the tone for other dramatic decor elsewhere in the room. Black can convey elegance, but it can also bring in a needed stark contrast to styles that tend to focus heavily on light and bright tones.
Decorating with a Black Rug
Black rugs are great because they can fit into a variety of design styles. Shag black rugs can work well in elegant spaces or even kids rooms, while popular black and white rugs can work well in a variety of styles based on the patterns they display and the colors they blend.
Choosing Which Black Rug Is Best For You
There are a few broad areas to consider when it comes to choosing your black area rug.
Position: The first aspect to consider when choosing a rug is figuring out what room you’re placing it in and how it connects to the furniture and the size of the room itself. Here are a few common positions for black area rugs in popular rooms.
Living Rooms: A black area rug can look great centered within your main seating area. If your room is smaller, you can always use a smaller black rug or even a runner in front of your sofa.
Dining Room: In the dining room, a black rug is a natural fit centered beneath your dining room table. Rectangular rugs fit well under rectangular tables, and round black rugs under round tables. However, you can always choose a different shaped rug if you want something more abstract and less subtle.
Bedroom: Rectangular rugs and round rugs are often placed about ? under the bed and extend further into the rest of the bedroom. Other popular placements include centering a rug in the room itself or placing a black runner next to the side of the bed.
Entryway: A black runner can work well in a narrow entryway, or you can use a larger black rug in the center of the space.
Size: Once you determine which room you’re using the rug in and where you want to position it, you need to consider the scale of the rug and the room. Scale often comes naturally; it’s easy to see if an item is too large or too small next to other items. For example, you clearly don’t decorate with a 12x12 rug with one chair, but you also don’t use a small 3x5 rug with a sectional.
Shape: Shape is yet another key feature to decide on early on in the process. Rectangular and round rugs may be the most common rugs, but there are other options out there as well. Look around for other options if you’re looking for a more unique, eclectic style, or go with the traditional rectangular or round rugs. Both have their perks based on their shapes, but the shape of the rug isn’t the only important aspect to note in terms of appearance.
Pattern: The pattern and design of the rug can help convey whatever style you’re trying to accomplish in your rooms. Striped black and white rugs or black geometric rugs tend to work with modern spaces, while detailed persian and ornate designs can work with more elegant or traditional spaces.
Shades/Pairings: Black is a bold color choice, but if solid black is too daunting, you can always choose rugs that use various shades of black with gray and white incorporated in it, or include other bright colors in the mix. Black and white is an obvious pairing, but you can also pair black with red, gold, blue, tan, gray, ivory, and just about any other color. Black area rugs can also work well in styles known to be lighter and brighter, because they can add in a clear focal point, create some drama, and add in modern flair.
Frequently Asked Questions about Black Rugs
What are the most popular shades of black rugs?
Popular shades include Ebony, Charcoal, Taupe, Onyx,
Can you machine wash a black rug?
Always check the label of the rug for washing directions, finer materials like wool and silk should not be placed in the washing machine
Does a black rug make a room look smaller?
Black rugs tend to make rooms appear smaller due to the fact they absorb light.
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