How to Choose a Patterned Rug with a Patterned Sofa

My 25+ year background in real estate has afforded me the opportunity to see numerous homes and incredible decorating designs … and you probably won’t be surprised to hear that decorating with color and pattern is a challenge for many.

It’s no secret that many people are afraid of color. Although it’s a fact that it’s better to stay with a neutral base when selling your home, it’s only right to decorate the way you and your family are comfortable with while you live there!

Yes, there’s no doubt it takes a bit of bravery to decorate a room with both a patterned area rug AND a patterned sofa. In fact, most people won’t venture down that decorating road…or they’ll start the process only to find they can’t effectively complete it. So it begs the question; how to choose a patterned rug with a patterned sofa?

Below you’ll see some photos of my family room that was completed with warm colors and patterns and yes, the Sofa is patterned as is the Persian Area Rug.

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Why I Selected the Rug Featured Here to Demonstrate a Good Patterned Rug Selection

1. Although the rug featured has a lot of pattern in it’s design, it also has a great deal of neutral color where the pattern is not constantly overlapping. As an example, if you look at the rug in my photos below, I chose an area rug with this same principle.

2. The edge of the rug is not patterned but rather, is a solid color. Because my room is small (approximately 16feet by 15feet) I didn’t want to close the room in by creating a ‘framed affect’ with the rug, thus I stayed away from dark and patterned borders.

3. If you’re placing this rug in a very large space, you could get away with ‘framing the rug’ – meaning using a rug with a darker solid border or a pattern on it’s border. Also, in a larger room, choosing a patterned area rug with pattern that extends to the border enables you to create a clearly defined sitting area (if that’s what you need to do)

4. Choose a color or colors from the area rug to be the colors in your patterned sofa. In my case, I had already owned my Persian Rug for years, and absolutely loved it, so when I decided to redecorate the room, I wanted to create a warm, deep, cozy feel and continue to use this rug.

5. Because I’m not a fan of solid colored furnishings (personal taste), I knew I wanted a patterned sofa. So it was imperative that I find a sofa that had the colors from the rug in it. In my case, there were many subtle colors in my patterned area rug; pink green, blue, tan, burgundy, light blue. Since a ‘warm theme’ was my goal, I naturally gravitated towards a warm burgundy color in my sofa.

6. Once you find the patterned sofa to go with the patterned rug, you should then go easy on the pattern in the room. You’ll notice in my photos that my drapes are a solid color – and they weren’t expensive, they’re simply four panels I purchased from Walmart. Also, the furnishings are a solid color and burgundy/cherry in their shades. The Wing-Backed Chair is also a solid color, as are the lamps I selected in the room.

7. Last but not least are the wall colors and photos: The photo above one sofa is mostly solid in it’s framed presentation and has one of the colors in various shades from the sofa featured in it. For the wall color, I took a sample of the gold colored tassels on the pillow to the paint store and had them match it. It’s more or less a butterscotch tone.

Here Are Additional Examples in Pattern Mixing:

Chelsea Home Furniture Cecelia Sofa, Sara PortChelsea Home Furniture Cecelia Sofa, Sara PortBeige Ivory Burgundy Green Beige 5x7 (5'2x7'2) Black Isfahan Area Rug Orienta...Beige Ivory Burgundy Green Beige 5×7 (5’2×7’2) Black Isfahan Area Rug Orienta…Merax 55-74Merax 55-74Stripe It Square Rug, 6-Feet, Black WhiteStripe It Square Rug, 6-Feet, Black WhiteChelsea Home Furniture Serta Tia Sofa, Base Upholstered in Momuntum MagentaChelsea Home Furniture Serta Tia Sofa, Base Upholstered in Momuntum MagentaGenerations Traditional Opera Persian Area Rug, 8' x 10', BeigeGenerations Traditional Opera Persian Area Rug, 8′ x 10′, BeigeIkea Sofa, Hovsten gray/white, black/wood 14204.82926.1422Ikea Sofa, Hovsten gray/white, black/wood 14204.82926.1422Home Dynamix Synergy S1005-480 Polypropylene 6-Feet 6-Inch by 9-Feet 8-Inch Area Rug, Black/GrayHome Dynamix Synergy S1005-480 Polypropylene 6-Feet 6-Inch by 9-Feet 8-Inch Area Rug, Black/Gray

About Barbara & Funkthishouse

Barbara is a home decor rebel who blames her decades in the real estate industry for her love of color! Since leaving neutral behind, she's built Funkthishouse.com, a place where souls once trapped in neutral-decor-world roam free and funk'n love it!
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  1. Love your room, love this advice, love the helpful video!

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