When you want to add much color to a room, do it with the BACKGROUND
of a rug rather than bits of color in the design. Colors within the motif tend to be separated one from another. This causes your eye to "work" your way around the rug to appreciate the color. If the ground is a contrasting color and the design relates to something else in the room, Voila! you will have instant success. Consider this example: a Butter and Cream Delight Bedding
relates to the simplified paisley shape in this rug. The off red color of the rug adds personality. This same approach can be used with any color that does not insult the buttery, clean feel of the bedding.
Add two or more colors to your room
Say your room is all brown or mostly neutral, choose a rug that contains at least 1/3 of the main color of the room and also adds 2- three colors which are related to each other. I don't recommend highly colored rugs for rooms with little color unless you can also purchase art and other things relating to the many colors. Normandie area rug
has an intriguing background that would add drama to a neutral room. Shades of butter and cinnamon are related to each other adding another layer of harmony in a mostly brown room.Whether to Match Colorss
You know what is coming! If you have ever met a Persian rug dealer, his voice probably still resonates with you! "This rug will go with any ting. Look closely from this side. Now that side, see how the colors change. That is not black, we call that color, Mid NIGHT!"
Well, it is true. It is much more true with fine quality rugs made of vegetable dyes than of manufactured rugs as these are. However, our manufactured rugs are made to emulate color nuances found in fine Persian rugs. Tonal variations are made on purpose. At any rate. rather than matching, it is a good idea to BRACKET COLOR. This means that if you have a sofa that is a particular hue, find in the rug colors that are surrounding it on the color wheel. If the sofa is blue green, shades of bluer blue-green and shades of greener blue green will provide ANALOGOUS color harmony.
if you were bracketing red for instance, the Villa of Tuscany area rug
would be sure to give you all the shades needed.