It’s tempting to say white walls are boring, but really they’re a chance to put something colorful and busy on the floor. This vintage Turkish rug picks up the brick of the fireplace and adds kick to the color palette.
Antique rugs, with their intricate designs, are also an excellent way to add dimension to an all-neutral room. The colors may be muted, but the subtle variance in the colors due to age is anything but boring.
Natural fiber rugs—jute, seagrass, and sisal—are a hit with pro decorators for the way they go with almost any style. Use them in rooms with another exciting feature, such as vintage textiles or amazing artwork, where you really don’t need the floor to take center stage.
Runners are a top-notch way to add color and pattern to kitchens, plus some cushion underfoot. For safety reasons, it is essential to use a rug pad in a kitchen (and a bathroom, if you use a traditional rug there instead of a bath mat).