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A Guide to Pairing Rugs with Different Types of Flooring

Thoughtfully selected and strategically placed rugs can elevate any room in your home. The right area rug can add character and timeless sophistication to your space. Trapping in warmth, rugs provide a soft surface underfoot making your home cozy in the winter. They also absorb ambient noises and promote a tranquil environment.

Depending on your flooring style, choosing the wrong rug could make it stick out like a sore thumb. That’s why we put together a guide to help you choose a rug that will complement your floor.

With the different styles of homes we have had the pleasure of flooring in the Sonoma Valley, we have helped owners find rugs that make any living space pop. Here is a practical how-to guide to pairing rugs with different types of flooring.

Hardwood Flooring

If you have hardwood floors, choose rugs that contrast or complement their shade. For floors with a reddish hue, go for warm-toned rugs. Consider pairing dark hardwood floors with light or bright-colored rugs. Patterned rugs go well with hardwood floors that have simple and understated patterns.

If your flooring has a unique and dynamic pattern, look for minimalistic area rugs with a simple pattern or no pattern at all. Area rugs with vintage patterns can work wonders for rustic hardwood flooring. For large rooms, use fairly simply designed rugs that follow the lines of the floor. When choosing an area rug for a small room, make sure it reflects the theme of the room.

Natural Stone Flooring

Bright-colored rugs can provide visual stimulus. A rug with a similar tone to that of your flooring can provide a color break in a subtle way. Our flooring experts recommend using high-pile rugs for stone flooring as they have a fluffy texture and give the area an air of elegance.

For stone floors with warm and earthy tones, opt for rugs in shades of red and orange. Cool-toned area rugs are perfect for slate gray floors. If you want to go for a monochrome look, use black or white carpets

Porcelain and Ceramic Flooring

Porcelain and ceramic floors are very durable and easy to maintain. Their only downside is that they can be uncomfortable underfoot due to their hardness. An area rug in a room with a porcelain or ceramic floor can offer comfort underfoot. To soften this type of flooring look for a rug with a neutral shade. This type of color scheme will flow and blend into your area and provide a more cozy living space.

Rugworks is a leading flooring company located in Sonoma Valley. We’re responsible for installing hardwood floors fit for your family or business to walk on for the many years that follow. To learn more, call (707) 935-0648.

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