Thinking about a black and white rug for your space? This monochromatic color palette is timeless and versatile. Whether you’re looking to make a statement, or going for something more traditional and subdued, black and white together offers endless possibilities.
Black and white are the ultimate in contrast. White often represents innocence, purity, brilliance, cleanliness and new beginnings. Black, on the other hand, is associated with power, mystery, luxury, confidence, and sophistication. Together, black and white can be simple and striking or complex and understated. These contrasting colors have been used in design for centuries (and in nature for millennia!).
Styling a Black and White Rug
You can find black and white rugs in an assortment of styles. A simple black and white striped rug offers clean contrast with a playful vibe. This style looks great in the laundry room or bathroom where clean takes precedence. A black and white outdoor rug can make your outdoor space feel light and cheerful, especially when paired with bright red or blue accessories. Consider a black and white chevron or polka dotted rug for your outdoor entertaining area.
Black and white are central to the modern industrial design style that’s rising in popularity. This style contrasts raw with refined. It is known for revealing what traditional design works to hide. Structure and raw materials are on display. But spaces are softened with natural elements such as leather, wood, wool and greenery. Smooth concrete floors are balanced with cushy shag rugs.
Black and white are right at home in the kitchen. Checkered floors are a staple of french kitchen design. But if you don’t want to commit to such a bold flooring choice consider a black and white rug. A long runner for narrow places (think between a cupboard and a long island) in your kitchen will help the space too look and feel bigger. A small black and white rug in front of the sink or stove can add a punch of contrast and a nice cushion for your feet.
If you’re going for a cozy vibe in your living room or basement try a black and white shag rug. Longer pile rugs, especially in soft fibers like wool, cotton, or chenille, make your seating area irresistible for playing games or a spontaneous movie night. A black and white diamond or tribal pattern can be eye catching without overwhelming the room. An 8x10 black and white rug works well in smaller seating areas or in front of sofas.
Black and white can make an entryway feel classic and luxurious. Glossy black furniture or trim, paired with gold or brass hardware and accessories is a timeless look. Or for a modern farmhouse look, try a black and white 5x7 rug in a oriental or vintage style. Add a natural wood bench or table and a couple indoor plants to complete the look.
If you like something unexpected, think about using a black and white cowhide rug. These rugs are making a comeback! And, they’re now available in both natural or manmade materials. Cowhide rugs look great layered over large neutral rugs or centered under a coffee table. Another bold choice is a round black and white rug. Small round rugs can be centered in a powder room or laundry room. A large round rug can be centered under a round or square dining room table or under a chandelier in the entryway.
Choosing the Perfect Black and White Rug
Purchasing the correct size is the most crucial part of picking the perfect rug for your home, followed by color, pattern, and style. Material is also essential, especially for large families or households with pets. Be sure to check out our room visualizer before making your purchase.
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