A grey rug can highlight your room’s decor by bringing out hidden tones and textures in your decor, as well as not detracting from any other colors in the room. Grey can fit into a variety of tones and styles, and so whatever style your decor is, grey can be an ideal color to pair with it.
Decorating with a Grey Rug
The color grey is often associated with modern farmhouses, but you can use grey with a number of different styles. In particular, a grey rug can work with modern, traditional, contemporary, coastal, and even boho. Grey is often paired with red, yellow, blue, pink, white, and black, and depending on the pattern and brightness of the colors, you can find these color combinations in a bunch of different styles.
Choosing Which Grey Rug Is Best For You
There are several factors to keep in mind when you’re narrowing down your search for the ideal grey rug.
Position: When you start searching for a rug, it’s important to think about what room you’re placing it in and how it will work with existing furniture and fixtures. Here are a few common ways you can use grey area rugs in different areas of the house.
Living Rooms: You can use a grey area rug directly in front of your sofa, underneath its front legs, underneath the entire sofa, or completely in front of it. If you have a “U” formation for your sitting area, you can also centralize the rug in there and stylize it in one of those three ways with it being either completely under, partly under, completely out from underneath the seats.
Dining Room: Rugs in dining rooms are often placed directly under the table and mimic the shape of that table. However, there are other options that include using different shapes and placement depending on your overall style and tone.
Bedroom:Bedroom rugs are often placed about ? under the bed and extend further into the rest of the bedroom. Other popular placements include centering a rug in the room itself or placing a grey runner next to the side of the bed.
Entryway: A grey runner can work well in a narrow entryway, or you can use a larger grey rug in the center of the space.
Size: Scale often comes naturally; it’s easy to see if an item is too large or too small next to other items. For example, you clearly don’t decorate with a 12x12 rug with one chair, but you also don’t use a small 3x5 rug with a sectional. Think about how you’re positioning it and how close it is to the other pieces, and that will guide you in deciding the correct scale.
Shape: Shape is yet another key feature to decide on early on in the process. Rectangular and round rugs may be the most common rugs, but there are other options out there as well. Look around for other options if you’re looking for a more unique, eclectic style, or go with the traditional rectangular or round rugs. Both have their perks based on their shapes, but the shape of the rug isn’t the only important aspect to note in terms of appearance.Grey in particular can come as cowhide rugs and work well with rustic cabin homes or farmhouses.
Pattern: The pattern and design of the rug can help convey whatever style you’re trying to accomplish in your rooms. Grey rugs that show off geometric shapes and stripes can work with farmhouse, boho, coastal, and even modern designs. Oriental grey rugs and Persian designs fit with more traditional and elegant spaces.
Shades/Pairings: Grey can fit into many shades, whether it be light and close to white or dark and closer to slate. The pattern of the rug will obviously introduce different shades and pairings of colors, as well as how much of that shade of grey dominates the rug’s design. Rest assured that whatever balance you’re looking for with your grey rug, you can find a plethora of rugs out there that can work with your design style and needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Grey Rugs
What are the most popular shades of grey rugs?
Popular shades include silver, pewter, granite and dark grey
Can you machine wash a grey rug?
Always check the label of the rug for washing directions, finer materials like wool and silk should not be placed in the washing machine
What color couch fits my grey rug?
When you're shopping with a grey rug in mind, it's best to contrast it with a darker sofa or couch.
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