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Shopping for Grey Rugs
Most peoples’ first impressions of grey are not good--predictable, flat, basic.
What business does it have in the most intimate spaces in your life?
What if we told you grey was anything but basic. That grey, more than any other “colour”, has the potential for one of the most natural dualities out there. And with that comes a wide range of emotions.
Piqued your interest? Good. (we’ll definitely get back to that duality part a little later on)
The colour grey and the position of a rug in a home space make the two an easy match for creating stability in design.
Stability doesn’t have to mean boring though.
Imagine the stone pillars used for corporate, castle, and temple--houses of deep meaning.
Smart and confident; palatial, but not decadent; reflective.
You can pull all of those qualities down from those important walls and into a little part of your home design.
If you want an easy-to-match-with starting point for any home decor project that’ll allow you to reimagine your living spaces as your mood sees fit, then grey rugs are for you.
We know adding such a large piece, of what can be considered a “dull” colour, into your home space might be intimidating, but don’t worry we’re here to guide you.
We just need to have a more detailed chat about why grey rugs allow you to create dynamic ensembles and in doing so, let you tell your ever changing story.
Different Styles & Patterns of Grey Rugs
Let’s start with that duality we were chatting about earlier.
Grey is often associated with the masculine energy of clean, well-defined lines, but it can also embrace the feminine.
Those same stable lines that bring boundaries which in turn bring stability, can also act as a platform that allows the more feminine energy of elegance and sophistication to feel safe enough to make itself known.
This can be achieved by changing the shade of grey rug you pick or with the colours you choose to arrange as compliments; the darker the shade of grey, the more rigid the expression.
Grey is naturally a great secondary colour that rarely, if ever, clashes; and because of this it acts like an anchor to all other colours in your home decor scheme.
This means that the right accessories, furnishings, and patterns in your home design won’t exactly pop with a grey rug as an anchor point, they’ll be supported and nourished.
Speaking of patterns: depending on the pattern for your grey rug you can invoke different vibes.
Mimicking clay, slate, or cement? Think, “contemporary, industrial loft.”
Repeated symmetries adorned with emblems? Think, “traditional, regal palace.”
Dynamic patterns of nature like the branches of a tree, or stars in the sky, or animal print which would, if handled in any other coloured rug, come across as “loud”? Think, “the impact of great black and white photography.”
It is so easy to pair your grey Persian, Oriental, European, or modern rug with any colour: ivory, creams, browns, reds, yellows, greens...it really is a versatile addition to your home that allows you to update your decor on a whim and still have a well-coordinated arrangement every time.
There are some unique challenges that you may have difficulty with, though.
Let’s talk about them.
Challenges of Using a Grey Rug
My grey rug is getting lost in the room, what’s the solution?
If you can’t provoke with colour, the next best thing is pattern and texture.
Bold patterns and expressive textures will help get the attention of your guests.
Try grey rugs with highly versatile, multi-textured, and distressed background designs.
In order to provoke with grey Persian traditional, Oriental, European classical, or modern rugs, you’re going to have to work a bit harder; you’ll know it when you see it.
How about warmth? How do I get my grey rug to say, “warm and inviting?”
We’re not going to lie to you. A grey rug will never have the same “warm” definition a red Persian, Oriental, or European rug will.
That same sense of “warm” has to be achieved by choosing the right accessories and furnishing for your home decor space.
I often see home decor with grey being styled around minimalism. I’m not a minimalist person. What should I do?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to go minimalist to integrate a grey rug into your living space.
If you’re more of a, “I want to be surrounded by a lot of tiny things that mean a lot to me”, we’re going to tell you the secret to getting that “my story” atmosphere even with a grey rug.
To do that, we’re going to start from the boardroom then head to the beach.
Tips for Decorating Your Space with a Grey Rug
Modern home decor is all about clean lines and simple silhouettes to create a sharp look.
You can realize this design by using simple accessories, a minimal amount of objects in the space, and modern furniture--picture a condo high-rise in America’s Manhattan, New York as opposed to a Bay Area summer home in their California.
You may want to go bold with your rug here. Persian, Oriental, or European classical and traditional designs likely won’t work.
Try a modern grey rug with a funky, abstract design. We’d suggest large width stripes or scattered geometry.
Scandinavian home decor is about being light, bright, and airy to create an open feeling.
This design is marked by minimalism so there’s nothing extreme in the accessorising, furnishing, or colouring of the arrangement.
If you want to bring this design together, like the modern look: use simple accessories, a minimal amount of objects in the space, and modern furniture.
The difference between modern and Scandinavian?
The bright, airy feel in two steps:
Pair your modern grey rug--keep this simple; no funk here--with light browns, ivory, eggshell, and creams.
Make sure you use sofa or bedroom throws with a lot of texture. You want to introduce the warmth of fur from the great outdoors into your living space.
If you’re not into minimalist home decor, this look is for you.
Like collecting gemstones and crystals from the beach, this design philosophy is marked by surrounding your living space with cherishables you’ve kept along the way.
Your grey rug needs to be a lighter shade to get this done. You can absolutely go with a Persian, Oriental, or European classical design or even modern rug; just keep the modern rug simple, not abstract, and make sure your rug has some texture to it--hello, wool.
The colours you choose to compliment your grey rug have to blend into one another like a pastel colour palette.
The patterns, textures, and placements? We can’t stress this enough: Layer, layer, layer.
The power of this design comes from the theme of your lived experience. All the little and large events that make you who you are.
So invoke textures of wood, glass, rope, and flora into your accessories and furnishing.
Small, medium, and large patterns for your pillows and throws. Keep the patterns organic.
Wicker- and rattan-inspired textures for your sofa and chairs. Don’t forget plush cushions.
This style is not about the streamlined uniformity of the city life.
Keep it light, nourishing, and meaningful.