How to successfully match floor rugs with wall art


Your interior design may feel dull and lifeless without wall art and floor rugs—as they are the ideal finishing touches which can enhance the overall visual appeal of many important rooms within your home or office. When it comes to decorating a room—regardless of whether you have a high or low budget, there is a broad array of highly desirable and unique wall art options and rugs available that can take your interior design to new heights. Here are some professional tips on how to create a room that is cohesive and beautiful through incorporating complementary wall art and rug options.


Highlight a secondary colour.

Due to the commanding force of wall art and the intricacy it adds to a room, generally it’s best to match the floor rug to your chosen wall art rather than the other way around. People who are redecorating tend to gravitate more towards particular art pieces or fall in love with a certain painting over a rug—so it’s not uncommon for avid designers to build the interior design of a room around their favourite wall art piece. Examine your chosen art pieces and identify the colours which are present. Match rugs to art by highlighting a secondary colour in a central piece of art. Sometimes the primary colours used in wall art can appear overly dominant if they are overused in a space, whereas secondary colours tend to be more muted. Opting to incorporate a rug that is a secondary colour found in your wall art will soften the space and create a more inviting feel.

Tip: colour matching with softer colours tends to be easier than colour matching with bold


Focus on the style.

The style of your wall art and the general theming in your chosen room can offer great insight and in turn be a great guide which will help you in selecting the ideal floor rug to add to your space. For example, if your room design is minimal and your wall art is quite contemporary such as an abstract or surrealist piece—welcome a rectangular, fringeless modern rug with muted abstract undertones into your space. Ensure you endeavour to find the most appealing colour featured in your wall art piece—then browse accordingly. For example, if your wall art piece features a subtle grey or is predominantly beige, continue this hue onto your floor through choosing a grey or beige rug to match. This is more appealing than continuing a red or yellow primary colour as this could overwhelm the space. Selecting a series of impressionist art and teaming this with a rug in a soft colour palette can create a whimsical and relaxing feel. For an art deco inspired room with geometric wall art, consider welcoming a Persian rug into the space to embrace the style as a whole. For a super contemporary, monochromatic look, incorporate a softer rug with minimal details that features one single colour.


What about a standalone rug and contrasting wall art?

There is a huge selection of floor rugs that go beyond your standard patterns and shapes and are actually more comparable to a painting or a standalone piece of art, than your typical floor covering. For example, if you have a collection of different monochromatic canvas prints, a beautiful fine rug with some softer colours incorporated throughout its design can create an effective contrasting look. It will not match the colouring or the design of the artworks per se, but they will work harmoniously together as a whole composition. If you find a rug that is truly remarkable and highly memorable, add this into your space and don’t hold back with your choice of art.


Create a melting pot of styles in one room.

The beauty of art is that you can create a melting pot of styles and themes within one room by choosing contrasting pieces that are all standalone works of art in their own right. Don’t be afraid to mix themes such as modern, elegant, country, mid-century or industrial edge. If you are taking this mix-and-match approach, just be mindful to not make one piece seem out of place in your room. For example, visually it can seem unbalanced in a room if all the chosen art pieces match—but then the rug is completely conflicting and appears like the odd one out. When mixing and matching, be sure to do just that! Incorporate wood tones, monochrome art, intricate rugs and decorative side tables that are all conflicting yet when brought together create a harmonious, poised space.

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