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Planning the color scheme for your living room can be challenging at times. Especially when it comes to matching up the two focal points of the room: the couch and the rug. If your couch is gray (or grey!), we're going to look into your rug color options today.
Which comes first, the couch, or the rug? Many people will start with the rug, then choose the couch, but maybe you're looking to change things up without replacing large furniture pieces. If your sofa is gray, then you're in luck. Gray is a cool neutral that goes with a vast number of rug colors. And if you're couch is gray-beige, or greige, you've got the addition of some warmth in your tonal range that opens things up even more for you.
Beyond color, when you're choosing a rug to go with your sofa, you'll need to think about texture, size, pile depth, and whether or not you want a pattern. What is the tone you're trying to set for the room? The feel that you want? All of these factors come into play when choosing the right rug.
Small Space, Small Rug
This smaller space utilizes appropriately sized furniture pieces and an appealing palate of grays, turquoise, and natural wood elements. The slight shag of the aqua carpet breaks up the patterned floor nicely.
Gray on Gray
This diamond-patterned soft gray and white rug is the perfect complement to the charcoal sofa. Throw pillows, a planter basket, and a soft throw further enhance the monochromatic tones of the space.
We found a similar low-pile rug here:
A Touch Of Rug
In a space with heavy traffic flow, you may not want a large rug. Wheeled office chairs don't work well on carpets or high-pile rugs, or you may want a soft place for your feet when sitting on your sofa.
For further insight on when to choose what size rug, check out this article from Curbed.
Rug Centered Under The Coffee Table
Another beautiful tonal combination. This textured low-pile rug in gray and white has a natural woven look that goes well with the teak coffee table in natural wood tones and the coordinating blinds and ceiling fixture. This elegant modern interior makes the most of a neutral color scheme. It also follows the rule of thumb to center your rug with equal space surrounding it.
For more do's and don'ts of area rugs, check out this article.
Defining Space With Your Area Rug
Here is another look at the combination of soft gray, natural wood tones, and whites. This jute or seagrass type rug is utilized to distinguish the living space from the dining space in this multi-purpose room.
Chunky Woven Rug In Coordinating Neutrals
Browns, beiges, and grays work together in this chunky woven rug to perfectly pick up the colors in the room's decor. The textured-pattern of the rug works beautifully with the smooth bleached wood of the floors.
Gray And Red Color Scheme
The reddish-brown of the floor and coffee table make red a perfect accent choice for the charcoal-colored sofas. Here a soft pile sculpted rug and throw pillows in coordinating shades draw the eye in and create a cozy living space.
This nuLoom rug has a similar texture and the same great rich color.
A Pop Of Bright Color
In this fun loft space, yellow is used to perfect effect as an accent to white, gray, and black decor elements. The round rug works here as it balances the open-lattice of the simple coffee table.
This excellent article has more tips on how to choose the best rug for your space.
Patterned Rug, Solid Couch
In a space where your furniture and walls are neutral, consider bringing patterns into play for your floor covering. Here we see a great herringbone-patterned low-pile rectangular rug that utilizes neutral colors to add a bit of focus to the room.
Reds And Oranges With Greige
If your gray couch leans to the greige side, you might consider emphasizing the warmth of the beige side. Here a softly striped pile rug in oranges, reds, rusts, and beiges not only frames the space but gives a cozy space for your feet to lounge as you settle in for a night of movie watching.
Bold and Black Rug
This large-scale soft plush rug commands the space for this entertainment area. The deep pile makes you want to kick off your shoes and sink your toes in. It's both elegant and adds a bit of plush luxury.
Striped Black And White Rug
This elongated play on a classic checkerboard design is a whimsical accompaniment to a medium gray sofa. Still neutral in color, it allows you to choose a pop of color in your throw pillows without worrying about clashing.
Classic White Area Rug With Charcoal Sofa
If you're not worried about spills, small children, or dogs, white is a classic choice to go with your gray sofa. Here we see an updated shag carpet in white that fills the space below the tweed charcoal and white sectional. It's classic and classy.
Bringing The Sky Indoors
This light-filled room takes its inspiration from the world outside these gorgeous windows. The soft blue of the sky or the sea pairs perfectly with the stone coffee table, heart, and brick walls, while the plush gray sofa anchors them all in place. It screams of comfort and home.
This Moroccan-inspired rug brings beautiful blues.
Gray And Gray And Rose
A sweet shag carpet in medium gray pairs well with this gray-on-gray plaid sectional. Rose-colored pillows and drapes bring out the warm tones in the wooden coffee table.
A Rug To Tie Your Colors Together
If your furniture style is eclectic and your sofa happens to be gray, but you have other pieces as well, consider finding a rug that contains all the colors of your interior. Here a brushed grayish green rug with burgundy and cream accents draws colors from the other pieces in the room to great effect.
The Choice Of Pattern
The patterned area rug enhances this lovely white room with soft gray polished floors, white bookshelves, and the medium gray sofa. The simple stripe doesn't clash, but adds some visual interest, mirrored in the prints on the shelves.
Another option is boxes rather than rectangles in this stylish gray-on-gray rug.
Soft Tones In Gray
When designing a contemporary space centered around grays, keeping things tonal is always a proven direction. Here a diamond textured gray rug pairs with a dove gray sectional, gray throw pillows, and even a gray end table. Color is brought in, ever so slightly in the natural wood coffee table with turquoise accent planter.
La Vie En Rose
Gray and rose or pink are a natural pairing. Here the wall and door colors play up the interior space choices of a soft gray tufted sofa and low pile rose-colored area rug. This soothing color combination brings out the cool tones of the gray.
Pinks, Salmons, And Pattern
This sizeable patterned area rug plays on both the warm tones in the industrial coffee table and the natural wood floors. It's rose, and salmon colors are accented by blues that pull out the cool tones in the gray sofas. The larger size works well in this bright, open space.
This vintage-styled area rug from LoLoi has similar colors to the one shown above.
Go Bold With Your Rug
As we mentioned earlier, choosing a neutral like gray for your furniture pieces, walls, and floors allows you to go a bit bold with your accent pieces. Here the color is orange in all of its sunshiney glory. A bright spotted rug frames the coffee table perfectly and pulls together the fabulous drapes and art piece centered above the couch.
Here's a fun one to play with when you're designing your space.
Scandinavian Styling And Stripes With Your Rug
The Scandinavian style works great in smaller spaces, and this room highlights it. From the wooden-legged soft gray sofa to the natural wood dividers to the jute and macrame accessories, every choice is thought out. The highlight, of course, is the soft woven, rectangular rug that pulls a bit of the three primary colors into this interior in a most delightful way.
Hopefully, you've found some great inspiration to get your rug shopping started for your lovely gray sofa. If you need some additional help, check out these other posts here on Home Decor Bliss.