Question: I am struggling to choose a rug for my room. I’d really like a pattern. Do you have any suggestions for how to go about doing this?
Phoebe’s Answer: A patterned rug needs to be treated with the same consideration as any other pattern in the room, fabric, or wallpaper, and it all becomes a balance of scale and proportions. There aren't any rules, but here are some examples and I will share my thoughts on each room:
Here is a softly patterned reproduction oushak rug that is a good color and scale with the wool paisley that covers the walls and is used for the curtains also.
In this room, we used primarily soft solid fabrics, so I felt a geometric patterned rug would add a nice pattern and not make the area rug look large.
This room is full of sharp contrasts, so I used this bold stitched cowhide rug to continue toe sharp
punctuation of color.
I love to use flat weave cotton dhurries in beach houses because they can withstand wet foot traffic and sand. This one is a great chevron stripe pattern, used with sold upholstery and printed linen curtains.
In this boy's room, the large stripe in the cotton rag rug is a nice scale with the geometric fabric used for the headboard. Rag rugs are also very reasonably priced and comfortable on your feet.
This room is a play of patterns - patterned walls, curtains, bedding, and the rug. The antique dhurrie I used for this room was too big, so I had it cut down, and had enough left over to make a matching dog bed for the homeowner. I love doing that.