How To Make A Statement With Black And White Rugs

Black and white are neutrals and their use in interior design is interesting in the sense that these two colors can both stand out dramatically and blend in seamlessly. It all depends on the strategy chosen and the ambiance desired. An area rug has the means to make a powerful statement in a room’s décor.

Decorating with black rugs

Whether you wish the interior design to be glamorous or minimal, a black or a white rug can be the key piece in achieving the desired look. These two colors each have their unique characteristics but can also be combined in which case the result is always eye-catching.

A black area rug can tie together a gray décorView in gallery
A black area rug can tie together a gray décor

Black is a powerful color which gives off a chic and elegant vibe. When decorating with a black rug, texture and material play an important role. Pattern is not out of the question either, although it would involve the use of different shades of black.

The shape of a black rug can also influence a room's lookView in gallery
The shape of a black rug can also influence a room’s look [Image: Bagnato Architects]
For a dramatic statement, opt for an oversized black rugView in gallery
For a dramatic statement, opt for an oversized black rug. [ Design:  Anthony Michael Interior design ]
 Texture can add charm to a simplistic rug, making its color stand out. [Image Lizard Management ]View in gallery
Texture can add charm to a simplistic rug, making its color stand out. [Image Lizard Management ]
Add a small black rug to a predominantly white décor for a strong impactView in gallery
Add a small black rug to a predominantly white décor for a strong impact
Complement a black rug with a matching coffee table. [ Design: Mark English Architect ]View in gallery
Complement a black rug with a matching coffee table

Decorating with white rugs

White, on the other hand, is a color associated with purity. A white rug would require constant maintenance since it would snow even the smallest stain. This is not the case with black rugs.

In the case of white rugs, texture plays an important roleView in gallery
In the case of white rugs, texture plays an important role [ Design: Amekinc ]
A white rug can be used to create contrasts or to create balance in a room by coordinating it with other elements sharing similar colors.

Consider this type of white rug for the bedroom to give it a coy and chic lookView in gallery
Consider this type of white rug for the bedroom to give it a coy and chic look
Neutral white can be beautifullyView in gallery
Although neutral, the color white can stand out beautifully

In addition, a white rug can potentially make a room appear larger, this creating a sense of space. And because white is a neutral color, you can complement the rug with a variety of other colors.

A white rug can also suit well a modern or contemporary living roomView in gallery
A white rug can also suit well a modern or contemporary living room
 Find the right shade of white in order to create the perfect balanceView in gallery
Find the right shade of white in order to create the perfect balance [ Design: Styledevie ]
This is a case where everything is in sync and harmony, the fluffy rug includedView in gallery
This is a case where everything is in sync and harmony, the fluffy rug included

Black and white rugs

When black and white are put together, the result is a timeless look. The combinations and design possibilities, in this case, are very numerous. The crisp contrasts of color can be expressed in the form of classical stripes, modern geometric design as well as a variety of other strategies.

The black and white combination is often associated with classical and glamorous decorsView in gallery
The black and white combination is often associated with classical and glamorous decors
A black and white rug usually stands out because of the patternView in gallery
A black and white rug usually stands out because of the pattern [ Design: Mary prince photography ]
Chevron stripes can add a chic touch to any décor, their versatility being the keyView in gallery
Chevron stripes can add a chic touch to any décor, their versatility being the key
Classical stripes can coordinate well with just about anything elseView in gallery
Classical stripes can coordinate well with just about anything else
Geometric designs and patterns are typical of modern interiorsView in gallery
Geometric designs and patterns are typical of modern interiors
Green Leather L shaped sofa with striped black and white rugView in gallery
You can balance out a black and white rug with a colored sofa [ Design: Opaldc ]