Pattern Mixing with Rugs

The day finally came this past week when I got a long awaited new rug for my bedroom. For years I’ve had a jute rug, but I longed for more color and less mess. I’m not sure if all jute rugs shed as much as mine did, but the one I had was long overdue for a replacement.

I layered a frazada runner at the base of my bed to give it a little punch of color. I readily admit that I’m not the best at picking out rugs—it takes me a long time to figure out what works and what I really like. I had been saving for a long time to do this, and rugs are expensive. I don’t like making expensive mistakes!

My bedroom with my jute rug and layered frazada runner.

My bold roman shades along with my bed pillows already provided a lot of color, so I ordered a few samples to get a better idea of how a new rug would look in my space. I felt that it needed to have some blue in it for sure. Then, any other colors could be a possibility.

The rug I fell in love with!

I settled on this pink one above from Annie Selke. The background is a pale pink with accents of blue, yellow, orange, lavender, and strawberry pink. The shade of blue tied perfectly to my curtains and my vintage tool box, so it was a win!

The striped pillows that my friends at Plush Home Fabrics made for me luckily still worked color-wise!

Part of my decision to go with this rug was the design. I needed to be strategic in my pattern mixing, so I began checking off the boxes of patterns. What patterns do I have and what pattern do I still need?

I had floral in my roman shades, striped pillows, and dots on the chair and pillow.

I added two new Otomi embroidered pillows in a two-toned pink that I found on Etsy. With these basic patterns, the suzani/ikat patterned rug added something new to the mix. And the impact is huge!

Now, my room feels so light and cheerful. And the rug is the reason why. Every time I’ve taken a risk with color in my home, I’ve never regretted it. I’m so glad I took the leap and added it! Even Nike loves it!


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