How to Mix Vintage Rugs

One of the most frequently Googled design questions is how to mix rugs. I am asked it often, too! This can be even more intimidating when using one-of-a-kind vintage or antique rugs. However, I personally think the unique beauty and muted colors of an antique rug make it perfect for pairing in an open concept floor plan. Using large antique area rugs can help distinguish different “zones” in an open floor plan, establishing rooms while still keeping sight lines clear.




Mixing Vintage Rugs Option #1:
Same Palette, Different Patterns

 

Mix two rugs in different patterns with the same color palette. Because vintage and antique rugs have entirely unique patterns, this is a safe bet. By selecting two rugs with the same tones, you’ll be able to create a cohesive look throughout adjoining rooms. Pay attention to not only the colors of the rugs for this technique, but the color intensity. They should be equally muted for a truly cohesive feel.

 

How to Mix Vintage Rugs

Sources: The Ashton + The Potomac 

How to Mix Vintage Rugs: District Rug Shoppe

Design by Amber Interiors // Photography by Tessa Neustadt

 

How to Mix Vintage Rugs: District Rug Shoppe

Design by Amber Interiors // Photography by Tessa Neustadt

Mixing Vintage Rugs Option #2:
High Contrast

 

A bold alternative, you can also mix vintage rugs by selecting two contrasting rugs using the same color palette. For instance, to define the dining space in an open concept floor plan, you could select a more saturated vintage rug such as The Truxton. In the adjoining living room, pair a muted, acid washed rug like The Nora that pulls some of the same colors. The result is high-contrast to clearly define different spaces while still maintaining a cohesive design. 

How to mix vintage rugs

 

Sources: The Truxton + The Nora

 

Design by Emily Henderson

Design by Amber Interiors // Photography by Tessa Neustadt

Mixing Vintage Rugs Option #3:
Mixing Styles

 

One of my favorite designs incorporates different styles of rugs in a single space. For instance, using a patterned Persian rug in one area, and a Turkish striped kilim nearby. The pattern and proportions change, yet both offer that handmade, authentic feel. I love custom-sourcing kilim rugs for clients, particularly to find the perfect match for one of our Persian rugs. You can reach out here to get started with our concierge rug sourcing service.

 

Pro Tip: If you have fallen in love with a particular rug, but can’t find a coordinating rug in the size you need, I love to layer a smaller antique piece over a jute or sisal area rug. This keeps the color palette cohesive and natural, while also keeping proper proportions throughout the space.

 

How to Mix Vintage rugs

Sources: The George + Vintage Kilim (please contact me for custom sourcing

How to Mix Vintage Rugs: District Rug Shoppe

Design: Raili Calsen // Photo Karyn Millet   

 

How to Mix Vintage Rugs: District Rug Shoppe

Design by Studio McGee

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