Do area rugs and runners have to match?

Asked By: Maile Beuks | Last Updated: 18th March, 2020
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The rule of thumb is this: All of the large area rugs you can see from a single spot in your home should complement each other. Let's say that from your living room you can see the hallway and the dining room. According to the rule above, the rugs in these three areas should complement each other.

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Keeping this in consideration, do rugs need to match in open floor plan?

It's not impossible to mix rug patterns across an open area. They just can't be so wildly different that they compete. Look for rugs that have a common style, whether they share age, pile height, or texture. This is a bit of a bolder choice, and the easiest way to pull it off is by using Oriental rugs.

Additionally, should rug match wall color? Rugs that exceed the edges of the furniture can make a room appear larger. However, unlike matching your rug with the colors on a wall, your floor will speak loud if those colors clash. The easy way is to stick with the same color palette but change the design. You can also start with a natural rug and work from there.

In this manner, can you put two different rugs in the same room?

Use the exact same solid or simple rug, TWICE. You can also mix two solid rugs in different colors very easily in the same room. That's just a matter of choosing both in your color palette. The rest of the combinations are trickier.

How do you match a rug to a room?

If your primary furniture, such as a sofa, is a solid color, consider selecting a patterned rug. Match the secondary color in a patterned rug to your sofa. Match the third rug color to your pillows, drapes, wall color or other accents in the room.

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What color area rug should I get?

If your furniture is a solid color, match their hue to a patterned area rug choice. If the furniture in your room is upholstered in a vivid pattern, choose a muted or solid colored rug to coordinate with the room. For a sophisticated look, match a secondary color within a patterned Oriental rug to your sofa.

Should you put a rug under a dining room table?

The amount of space in your dining room must be considered if you are thinking of adding a rug under the table. For the room to look balanced, it is necessary for the rug to extend past the chairs. As recommended by Houzz, the general rule of thumb is that the rug extends at least 24” past the table on all sides.

Should area rugs go under furniture?

Do Extend Rugs Under Furniture
When selecting an area rug, make sure that it extends under all the key pieces of furniture in the room. In a living room, for instance, all of the furniture should be on top of the rug. However, all the legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug.

Should I put a runner in my hallway?

Runners should always be matched to the shape of your hallway, but they come in a variety of lengths and widths. The standard runner rug is between 2 and 3 feet wide, and can range from 6 to 14 feet long. Ideally, you should have 4 to 5 inches of flooring visible on all sides of your carpet runner, like hedging.

Should curtains match rug?


The carpet and drapes do not have to be a perfect match, they just have to blend well together. If your carpet is a soft green, go for a hunter or lime green for curtains. As long as the two are in the same color family, it is hard to go wrong.

Can a rug be too big for a room?

The size of an area rug can dramatically alter the room's overall effect. A rug that is too small for your space can cause the room to feel uninviting. A rug that is too large for the room can, paradoxically, make the room feel smaller.

How long does it take a rug to lay flat?

Lay the rug where you would like it to go, and then rearrange your furniture. Ensure that you place at least one piece of furniture on each corner of the rug. You won't have to leave your furniture this way forever, but 2 to 3 weeks should be sufficient.

What kind of rugs are safe for hardwood floors?

A wool or wool-blend area rug is a common choice for a hardwood floor. Wool is comfortable, durable and easy to clean. They come in both a flat weave and a tufted wool.

Should carpet be lighter or darker than walls?

A general rule of thumb in the carpet industry is carpet will look lighter in your home than in the store. This effect definitely catches people by surprise. So if you find a carpet you like but think you'd like it just a little bit darker, it's probably not worth taking home.

What color rug should I get with a GREY couch?


Varying shades of gray add depth to the contemporary sitting area. A charcoal gray sectional is paired with light gray pillows and a shag area rug.

How do you match rugs and curtains?

First, in true EHD fashion, let's talk rules or, better yet, guidelines when it comes to pairing patterned rugs and curtains.
  1. Scale, scale, scale. Mix them up!
  2. Consider your color palette.
  3. When in doubt, just go for it.
  4. Don't be too matchy.

Can you mix patterns in a room?

When it comes to mixing patterns it's important to trust your own instincts about what looks good, however there are a few tips that can help. Use at least three patterns in a room and vary the scale. Different patterns can often work together if they're of the same hues. Distribute patterns evenly throughout the room.

Can you have too many rugs?

When using more than one rug, it's better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many "warring" patterns in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.

Should carpet match throughout the house?

Go with the flow
Using the same carpet throughout the house gives a feeling of continuity and helps small homes feel more spacious but complementary carpet designs can deliver a similar effect while linking rooms more creatively.

What type of rug is best for dining room?


Wool is durable and easy to spot-clean but should be dry-cleaned when the whole rug becomes soiled. Synthetic fibers in wall-to-wall carpet offer ease of cleaning spills from a dining room rug. Natural fibers such as jute and sisal lend a casual look and may suit a small budget but won't last as long as other types.

Can you mix and match Oriental rugs?

We love the look an Oriental rug can add to any room, and matching pairs of Oriental rugs can create stunning results. Sometimes when interior designers have a very large room space to design, choosing a really large Oriental rug can be too dominating in scope.

Is it weird to put a rug on carpet?

Area rugs generally work best over short-pile or looped carpet. Don't put an area rug over a very long-pile carpet, such as a frieze or a newer “soft carpet” (such as SmartStrand) because the area rug will not have firm support, and will shift, buckle and wrinkle.