How to introduce colourful rugs to your space

At its very fundamental level, interior design can be just as important to your well-being as meditation and a nice, long walk.

While that may sound overly dramatic to some, we think it’s been well-documented just how much designing your own space impacts your level of comfort and even your confidence.

Take the phrase “house proud.” If you’re lucky enough to have your very own living space, then shaping the ambience to your tastes and desires will help you cultivate a powerful sense of self. Just like making your bed every morning has its psychological benefits, having a living space that you’ve designed is immensely satisfying and can give you a certain swagger that extends far beyond your four walls.

The issue, then, is how do you start? Interior design can be an overwhelming game for many, but luckily there are a few hacks to get you on your way. It’s important to start with small, impactful changes that help shift atmosphere and mood. And for this, there’s perhaps nothing as important as an easy, simple and colourful rug.

Colour holds an extraordinary power in illustrating emotions and shaping ambiance. A rug is one of the easiest ways to completely transform a space. Consider the two together and you can see just how introducing colourful rugs to your space could be an easy win in making your living space an extension of your soul. To help you get going, we’ve broken down some easy steps you’ll need to take to introduce colourful rugs to your space, starting with the most important: intent.

What Is Your Design Goal?

Take some time to think about what you’re trying to achieve with your colourful rug. For that, you’ll need to decide what you want your space to feel like and what you want it to say about you. Are you trying to craft a relaxing hideaway from the stresses of everyday life? Or perhaps you want your living space to really pop, feel inviting and complement your social lifestyle. Whatever your purpose, you need to map out your intention first and from there you’ll see how colour fits into your design goal.

Play With Contrasting Colours

Nothing screams personality like a little bit of contrast. You just need to decide how dramatic you want it to be. The beauty of colourful rugs, then, is that you can be as minimal or as intricate as you want with your selection. It doesn’t matter whether you’re choosing a colorful rug for your living room, hallway, bedroom, outdoor areas, or even your office.

Playing around with colour in this way will heighten your space not only aesthetically, but also introduce a sense of scale.

You’ll of course need to consider what you already have lying around. What colour is your furniture? Do you have throws or pillows? This will help you decide what kind of colourful rug you need.

Then it’s a matter of playing with colour. Pink, for example, is highly underrated in interior design but it can bring elegance, warmth and a sense of adventure to a space. Red, on the other hand, is vibrant and bold, instantly drawing attention and helping complementary colours like blue and green really pop.

The intricacies of colour selection lie in the art of contrast. Thankfully, you can jump online at Carpet Court and browse a massive range of colours to help you visualise your space before you make your purchase. Given the company’s scope of colourful rugs, from traditional, wool and natural to modern, outdoor and even custom rugs, you will be able to find something that suits your space perfectly.

Some of our favourites include blue rugs, which communicate tranquility, and green rugs, which illustrate freshness and opulence. We’re also quite biased toward patterned rugs to help introduce a layer of eclecticism to a space. Although neutral can often be just as charming.

What’s Your Colour Ecosystem?

Your space has its own colour wheel. Following on from playing with contrast, you’ll need to consider your space as a whole and figure out what colour ecosystem exists after you introduce a rug. We recommend not getting so dramatic with contrast and rather balancing the need for bigger pops of colour with a sense of harmony. Unless you want your space to look a bit confusing to guests, you’ll need to also consider how your colourful rug complements your new space.

We like using Carpet Court’s intuitive Room Visualiser for this. While you can only control carpet and hardwood flooring colours using this online tool, it gives you a chance to play around with colours and see how they can either complement or contrast with each other for maximum effect.

Or you can take things offline and visit one of Carpet Court’s showrooms and consult with staff. As Australia’s largest retail carpet, floor covering and blinds specialist, Carpet Court has over 200 stores across the country. It takes little effort to pop on in and lean on some expert advice on how colourful you should go.

If you’re ready to elevate your space and make it an extension of your personality then head on over to Carpet Court to get started.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.