Published on March 31, 2018

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Courtesy of Erin Williamson
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Courtesy of Erin Williamson

It’s rare that we come across a decorative accent or detail that can be easily integrated throughout the home—seamlessly existing in just about every room. But when we do, you can count on the fact that we’ll be going all out, investing (read splurging), thrifting, and styling our way to our heart’s content. 

Can you guess what it is? If you haven’t already, the item in question is a rug, and the possibilities for utilizing it, decoratively, are virtually endless. Ahead, we look to a handful of homes where a choice area rug not only steals the show but imparts the space with a major dose of style, color, and character. 

Teal walls, a leopard-print rug, and statement lighting that serves up style—this colorful Austin home isn’t holding anything back. The key to making the look work? Balancing out the deeper hues with a delicate spectrum of neutrals. And yes, the rug definitely qualifies as a neutral. 

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Photography by Kelsey Ann Rose

When it comes to the high traffic areas, such as the entry or the kitchen, a landing pad becomes an essential both functionally and aesthetically. Whether you choose to adopt a look that entails a bold contrast or one much more subdued—such as the design of this tranquil entry—a subtly patterned rug is a surefire way to tie the eclectic scope of furnishings of the area together. 

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Photography by Dabito

When it comes to decorating with color in an eclectic or boho-chic space, there is no such thing as too little or too much. This vibrant spot—home to a New-Orleans based graphic designer, photographer, and self-professed modern bohemian named Dabito—is simply proof. While the interior boasts no shortage of blues, present by way of a tonal spectrum, it’s the pops of contrasting colors that really make the decor of the room stand out. Note how the array of throw pillows on the sofa pull from the warm hues present in the area rug, beautifully tying the aesthetic together. 

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Photography by ALYSSA ROSENHECK

The ultimate method for instilling a whitewashed space with an instant touch of character? A color-charged area rug will do the trick. In this dreamy bath, said touch of character comes by way of the pair of pink Kilims, strategically used to frame the stand-alone tub. Modern elegance never looked this good. 

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Photography by heidi’s bridge

The best way to add a bold burst of character to an otherwise subdued decor scheme? A vibrantly patterned rug is one option. Just take note of Alyssa Hoppe’s Brooklyn entry, where a curated mix of vintage finds and modern items help establish a visually dynamic scene.

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