We may just be obsessed with color, but the news that the first new blue pigment in 200 years is now commercially available got us excited way above and beyond our everyday feelings. You see, not only is blue the ultimate comfort color, ever-present in the sea and the sky; it has inspired brilliant visual artists over the centuries, sparked contemporary musicians to create beautiful pieces (Duke Ellington, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading), and has been the centerpiece of many of our favorite home decor looks over the years. We’re so excited to share our favorite tips, tricks, and blue rug ideas for bringing more of this hue into your life!
Tip 1. Pattern: Go for It!
Especially if you are drawn to deep, saturated blues, choose a rug in a pattern that will add energy to your space without dominating the room. This blue-and-white herringbone scheme in @outothebox’s home (two photos above) strikes the perfect balance, bringing that happy hit of blue into the look while still keeping the feel light and bright. @thepinkdoorcape chose an artfully distressed rug in blue (above) to dial up the warm, inviting feels and keep the room palette in balance. Bonus points to each of these rooms for tying in the brown accessories to play up the rattan accents! (Note: the herringbone rug also comes in a similar style that’s machine washable)
Tip 2. The Coastal Look: Feel the Breeze
Blue is the quintessential color for that light, bright coastal look that makes any room feel like endless summer. This living room by @sogolekane has all the ingredients needed for laid-back hours hanging with family, reading, and enjoying every moment: from a plush couch big enough for naps, to woven rattan side tables, to fresh decorative accents on the walls and tabletop. And this blue braided rug is not only timeless in its design; it’s also technically an indoor/outdoor rug, so it dutifully resists moisture and wear and tear.
Check out our blue outdoor rugs and prepare to be amazed . . . it’s true that a starfish rug is our best seller for this category!
Tip 3. Scandi Farmhouse? Yes, Please
Two best-loved decor looks—Scandinavian and farmhouse—are better together, especially when there’s a blue rug at the center of it all. Our friend @thehouseonhillsidelane shows us that even when you’re a minimalist, there’s always room for a rich blue hue to tie it all together. We’re with the pup on this one . . . this look is a winner!
Tip 4. “Contemporary” Doesn’t Have to Mean “Cold”
There’s something so reassuringly calming in a cool palette. If your taste in furniture steers you toward light colors, clean lines, and prim button-tufted textures, you can keep the chill vibes intact by bringing whites, blues, and grays to the floor. @lemondrop.home’s stroke of genius was to choose a rug with an intricate Persian design; the lively pattern helps make this room feel warm and inviting. This is a look that’s shockingly easy to emulate, and can be adapted to pair with furniture of any texture and color. Which leads us to…
Tip 5. Modern, but Make it Cozy
There’s an innate happiness to today’s modern-inspired looks—they have a bona fide boho streak down the middle that can be interpreted in any number of ways, depending on the furniture you’ve got and the feeling you’re going for. Check out how @apron.saint (two photos above) anchored her look in blue, and balanced the browns and greens all around it to make the space feel warm and cheerful.
For a similar vibe with different accents, @lindseyelizabethhall chose a blue rug with hints of pink to play up the color in that peachy-mauve velour couch. (Can we say that again? “Peachy mauve velour couch.” Swoon!) Her greenery and sunburst mirror check all the boxes to complete a balanced look that is anchored in, yes, our beloved blue.
We hope that you’re now inspired to find your own mood indigo. Once you’ve styled your space to perfection, make sure you take a pic and tag us on Instagram @rugs_usa!