We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. Whether setting off an artful edit or layering color and shape underfoot, patterned rugs can bring visual interest to your space. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully curated collection has patterned area rugs and runners that are perfect for your home.
Not sure where to start when shopping for patterned rugs? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best piece to buy for your space.
Where to Style a Patterned Rug
Pattern is the drumbeat of your decor. You want its rhythm to underpin your design, not drown it out. A patterned rug strongly impacts a space, so always think about how it influences or elevates the room as a whole. Patterned rugs have two significant advantages—one that is practical and one that is more abstract. Their intricate designs help conceal stains and dirt, making them good high-traffic and dining room rugs. They also help bring visual interest to a space, making it more vibrant and cohesive—if thoughtfully placed.
Small-scale patterns tend to do best in smaller rooms and intimate spaces—they can blend into decor while layering in visual texture. Large-scale patterns are good for defining area in open-plan or spacious layouts. You also want to look at other elements in the room, such as wallpaper or furniture. Large-scale patterns can create a statement and focal point in a minimalist curation, whereas small-scale designs can more easily fold into a space with more going on.
How to Choose A Patterned Rug that Pops In Your Space
Every pattern has its place. One of the ways we can ensure we’re creating impact with a patterned area rug or runner is to make sure that the pattern fits the space. A well-chosen rug sits in conversation not only with the physical footprint of a room but with every element in it—the overall aesthetic. Here are some tips to help you get started layering patterns into your edit.
Abstract and Geometric Patterned Rugs
Patterned rugs cover a lot of ground—even smaller categories like abstract and geometric rugs include a wide variety of designs that may work differently in different spaces. Something tonal and large-scale like our Woburn Handwoven Wool Rug by Jake Arnold Rug layers soft elegance into a bedroom or lounge, while an abstract patterned rug like this Pique Rug strikes visual impact with its high-contrast palette and play of shapes. Start by noting the space—what patterns and colors are already in the mix? Does this room feel flat or busy? Then you can use an abstract or geometric patterned rug to bring the look together—rather than compete with it.
Striped Patterned Rugs
Patterns aren’t just there to fill space; they also help define it. Stripes draw the eyes and can accentuate the dimensions of a room—great for making smaller spaces feel big. Feel like a striped patterned rug is too much of a look? Find something with a little more nuance that creates the same effect. With its offset stripes and bold palette, our Otti Hand-Knotted Wool Rug by Nina Freudenberger is the perfect way to style stripes with sophistication.
Modern Patterned Rugs
In a modern space, a patterned rug can set the tone for elevated design. A statement rug tells you you’re in an intentional curation the moment you step into the room. Whether you go for an abstract patterned rug like this Line Drawing Flatweave Rug by Sarah Sherman Samuel or want to layer in a smaller-scale design, it’s the perfect way to create visual interest while reflecting other tones and shapes in the room. If you’re the master of the eclectic mix, a modern patterned rug can help you balance an edit where antiques and traditional elements play against the latest designer looks.
Vintage Patterned Rugs
Patterns can serve as a reference point—a bridge to an era of design. Styling a vintage patterned rug is the perfect way to root your design in a more timeless feel—or provide a chic nod to retro glamor. It’s hard to beat Persian and Turkish rugs for richness of pattern, while the bold motifs of Moroccan rugs bring an artful edge to even the most refined edits. Plus, a vintage rug creates a one-of-a-kind foundation. We’re always dropping fresh batches of authentic vintage rugs; find yours today.
However you style it, a patterned rug allows you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Rugs are essential for creating a beautiful and inviting space, and patterned designs let you curate a personalized style from the ground up. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have utilized this foundational layer of decor to build on your home's look.
When you shop rugs online at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that fold into the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. You can choose from our wide selection to find the perfect purchase, no matter what you're looking for. Check our inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less