The design freedom that comes with rugs adds warmth and movement to spaces. Rugs create a focal point, support comfort, and help diminish noise. Pull spaces together and make an inviting impression – inspire through texture, shape and colour.
Here are some tips, trends, and inspiration for using rugs in your work space – ideas to keep in mind as you design for the future.
Shape and Scale
From jagged-edge geometrics to more organic silhouettes, shapes and their scale combine to form a frontier for creative rug design exploration.
Rugs are no longer thought of as static and flat. They can be used to soften and style benches, chairs, or sofas when laid or draped across the back. One-of-a kind rugs are also hung as wall tapestries.
Placing rugs on top of each other allows for experimentation and variation. Designers continue to explore opportunities by varying tactile and visual texture when layering rugs, along with changing up the angles of overlap in placement to create a sense of energy.
Neutral and Bold
Trending colours include neutral grey tones for larger pieces. Bright and bold colours and cool, subdued blues are favoured for rugs that are focal points or the inspiration for the colour palette within a space.
Companies continue to support rug makers that advocate human rights, fair wages, environmental purchasing, and sourcing from minority-owned suppliers. Bolstering this trend are Millennials, who appreciate brands with authenticity and companies that favour purpose over profit.
Creative, artistic, and personal, handmade rugs speak to a passion for design and individualism—no two are alike. Handmade rugs with a story are valued, creating a sense of connection with the person who made it.