Oriental rugs are something that will probably be around for a long time. They have become popular quickly and they are very appreciated all over the world. Also, they are very durable and they last for a lifetime and more. But they are also difficult to integrate in an ever changing décor. So what exactly can we do to match and pair them with the rest of our furniture? Here are a few ideas.
1. A constant color theme.
An effective way of integrating an oriental rug in a space such as the living room for example is to use patterns in the same color family. Try to maintain a uniform visual effect. In this case we have a rug with blue and brown shades. Notice that the pillows and the artwork have been chosen to match those colors. It’s simple and it’s effective.
2. Contrasting neutrals.
If, on the other hand, you don’t wish to enhance the same visual effect your oriental rug has on the décor, you can try to dilute it. The best to do that is by using neutrals. By doing that you blur whatever colors the rug has and to divert the attention towards other sources. Also, this way you can safely avoid using colors and patterns that would overwhelm each other, resulting in a tiresome interior décor.
3. A monochromatic décor.
Another way of diverting attention from the oriental rug is to create a monochromatic interior décor. This way you will allow the rug to blend in. For example, you can use the same colors that the rug has for the walls, furniture and decorations. If there are too many of them, choose the dominant shades. This way, even though the pattern from the rug stands out, it still remains in the background and becomes less invasive.
4. Matching furniture.
A similar idea would be use the same colors found in the rug for the furniture. For example, if your oriental rug features shades of brown, try to replicate the same color in the furniture. Other more vivid colors that would not be suitable for items such as cabinets or wall units can be used for the armchairs, the coffee table or for other smaller accessories. Even though the pattern of the rug will still be an accent element, the overall effect will be uniform.
5. Complementary patterns.
Just because your oriental rug features strong and eye-catching patterns this doesn’t mean you can’t have other patterns in the room as well. In fact, in the right circumstances, this may effect help diminish its effect. In this case we have a bold print on the rug and a less invasive but still eye-catching print on the armchair. It diverts some of the attention in that direction, making the rug a little less striking.