Brown is a popular color of furniture upholstery because of neutral nature, and because it is a color that can take some wear and tear without giving off a shabby appearance.
Due to its neutral nature, a brown couch opens up a world of possible color options that can be paired with it. However, the more options one has, the more challenging a task it seems.
In the article below, you will see a number of rug color options that you can pair with your brown couches, and detailed descriptions of the effect each look will have on your space.
Depending on the kind of mood you want to create, you can go for a neutral or muted color for a more sober appearance, or you can go for a saturated, contrasting color to brighten your space up.
By the end of this article, you should have a good idea of the kind of results you should expect from a certain kind of rug, and what steps you can take to create your ideal interior space.
Neutral Woven Rug for a Boho Aesthetic
For a bohemian aesthetic, you can opt for a woven rug, in shades of brown over a neutral beige base. Neutral colors like these can provide an anchoring element in your room, allowing for additional décor to stand out as a focal point.
A geometric pattern, such as the one in this sample image above, gives a visual outlook to an already textured rug. In an otherwise neutral space, the pattern stands out and draws the eye towards it. As a larger element of the room, it connects the space together as a cohesive whole.
Additional décor, like large indoor plants, will complement this rug perfectly. The earthy, woven appearance of your rug harken back to elements found in nature, giving your space a touch of the outdoors.
Other accents that can be complementary, are woven baskets and textures elements, such as cushions and other fabric elements.
Bright woven colors in red to enliven a space
A brown couch can be paired with a patterned rug in bright, warm colors, such as reds and yellows. The warm undertones in the brown of your couch will be brought out by the warmth of the colors in your rug and the combined effect will be one that brightens up your interior space and makes it cozy and inviting.
In my experience, these color combinations are best found in kilims, and woven afghans. These woven textiles are also hardy by nature and best suited for lounges and other space that experience frequent use. A lounge or family room will also benefit from the atmosphere of warmth that such a rug will lend to a space.
A busy pattern such as this will also leave room for more experimentation. Adding more colors and textures in décor like cushions, throws, floor seating, and indoor plants, can give your space a lived-in and eclectic aesthetic.
Neutral Beige Rug for a Contemporary Look
A beige shag rug will add a touch of contemporary class to your interior space. The plush appearance will contrast with the fabric of the couch, and a tactile dimension to your space.
Paired with dark colored walls, and accents (such as decorative cushions and lighting fixtures), such a contrasting lighter color of rug will serve to define an area of habitable space.
For such a rug, I recommend that you keep the furniture lightweight. Do this by choosing sleeker options instead of bulky ones.
Keep the colors and textures in the space to a minimum. In the sample image, the cushions are maintained in a palette of black and white, while the only touch of color is provided by the wall art and the indoor plant.
Pastel green rugs for a luxury interior
For a luxurious, and opulent interior, you can include rugs in pastel shades of green of pink. Such colors are best brought out in traditional, oriental rugs. The symmetric patterns and designs found in these will complement the theme of your interior space perfectly.
As these carpets are frequently used in settings with antique furniture, we are already aware of how well it works with wooden tones of brown. The patterns of these kinds of rugs are nicely framed by brown furniture.
For a larger space, you can even include a number of rugs in varying sizes. This is advantageous in the sense that it allows you to create smaller pockets of seating spaces and divide up an otherwise large room into small, more functional zones. In my experience using carpets as a means of demarcating space is an easy way to reduce dead zones in a room.
Gold and black pattern for a Contrasting look
For a larger room, one can place rugs with a large scale, bold print. This can help the space to look less expansive, and tie your layout together in harmony.
In the sample image above, you can see how the rug uses colors already present in the space and its periphery to create a bridge of sorts, making the floor plane look busier. Imagine if the floor were left plain, how clinical and lifeless the space would appear?
In my experience, it is best to use a pattern in colors that complement your space. In addition to the black, the golden yellow hues create a connection with the brown of the couch resting on it.
A larger size of rug allows a space to look more contained by placing the furniture halfway past its edges. As its edges disappear under the furniture, it actually shrinks the appearance of the space, as compared to a smaller rug which would be dwarfed by the space and make it look bigger in comparison. A bolder, dynamic print, helps to direct the visual focus as well.
Saturated Teal rug for a pop of color
For a large pop of color, you can place an over-dyed teal rug to add as a focal point in your space. The teal of the rug will contrast well with the brown of the couch. The cooler tones of the former will balance out the warmer tones of the latter. The resulting space will be one that is harmoniously balanced in terms of color.
In my personal experience as a designer, a statement piece like this rug should be allowed to stand out, and so no other competing visual elements should be situated in the same space. In the sample image I have created, the overarching color scheme has been maintained in a combination of neutrals and monochromes.
Teal is a great color to have in your interior spaces. Color psychology suggests that the blue and green hues create a tranquil and calming atmosphere, creating the ideal atmosphere for you to unwind at the end of a day.
Black and white pattern for a classic touch
A classic look for any space features a monochromatic rug in a geometric pattern. The stark contrast of black and white creates a good base for any color and kind of furniture to shine when placed on it.
In the sample image, you can observe how the brown leather sofa stands out. With brown leaning towards a palette of neutrals, you can instead create a contrast based on the undertones of the color.
Instead of opting for a neutral base of beige which would merge with the brown couch, a contrasting black and white rug will help highlight the whole space as a point of visual interest.
Monochromatic decorative features tend to add a touch of class and sophistication to a space. The use of black and white features suggests a confidence and self-assurance, one that doesn’t require the intrusion of a vast array of color to appeal to the viewer.
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