Woollen dining room rugs add warmth, textural interest, colour and style. They can unify all the elements of your dining area and create a focal point to draw the eye. Wool rugs also serve a practical purpose in the dining area by muffling noise levels and protecting your floors.
But what style of rug is best? What colours are on-trend? And what rug is best for a small dining area? These are just some of the big questions you might ask while looking for inspiration online. We have you covered. This is your ultimate guide to dining room rug ideas.
We've also brought in our very own Product Consultant, Lily Ng, to explain how to use a rug in a dining area effectively to maximise the aesthetic appeal of your space. Here's everything you'll discover:
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5 Dining Room Rug Ideas That Are Timeless And Suit Every Style
1. Black and White Dining Room Rugs
Our Overtones rug in the shade 'Rice Paper' with black edging.
Create a striking and timeless ambience with a black and white rug for your dining area. These colours provide a strong foundation that effortlessly enhances any design style.
From bold geometric patterns to a sleek white rug with black edging, you can select a range of rug styles, such as our Overtones rug' featured above. With a monochromatic look, you can freely experiment with vibrant accents for your dining table, chairs and centrepieces.
Know how to pick the perfect edging for your rug here.
2. Round Dining Room Rugs
The round Untouched Rug in the shade ‘Calm’.
Opt for a round dining room rug if your table is round - choose a round rug to create cohesion and echo similar shapes in your dining area.
Round rugs also create an illusion of spaciousness, so if you have a small dining area, a round rug is the way to go.
Want to know more about round rugs? This guide on How To Make Any Space Look Stylish With A Round Floor Rug is well worth a read. Follow it up by exploring the 5 Classic Round Rug Looks for more inspiration.
3. Bright-Coloured Dining Room Rugs
Add a pop of colour to your space with a bright-coloured dining room rug. Instead of standard neutral shades like beige and grey, go for bold shades that inject energy and personality into the dining room.
At Bremworth, you have the option to customise a natural wool rug to add some pops of colour to your home. Here are the brightest, most vibrant colours you'll see in our collection.
4. Contrasting Dining Room Rugs
The Transpire Rug in the shade Emerge.
Enhance your dining room's style with a bold rug that adds contrast and draws attention. Don't be afraid to choose a rug that stands out instead of matching perfectly.
5. Modern Minimalist Dining Room Rugs
Create a serene and sophisticated dining room with a modern minimalist rug. Choose rugs in soothing shades of white, beige, or grey, and complement them with a neutral table and chairs. This sleek colour scheme radiates elegance and tranquillity, setting the ideal ambience for relaxation and socialising.
Here are a few of the neutral shades you'll see in our collections.
How to Use a Rug in a Dining Room: Style Tips From A Top Kiwi Interior Designer
We asked Lily Ng, Bremworth's very own Product Consultant, some of the biggest questions people have when it comes to styling dining room rugs. Here's what she had to say;
What is the best colour for a dining room rug?
Bremworth designer, Lily Ng, creates a mood board using one of our rug samples together with some décor elements to find the best colour for a dining room rug.
"The best colour for a dining room rug comes down to personal preference, as you can’t go wrong with any colour choice", says Lily "However, if the goal is to avoid the appearance of food stains- we recommend a yellow/brown or dark toned rug that will work best to hide stains. Another recommendation would be to purchase a Heather or Berber (speckled) rug".
Order samples of your favourite Bremworth rugs online - your first three are free! - and together with the key elements of your dining area, like the upholstery fabric, create a mood board just to make sure that your dining room rug and the rest of the elements look cohesive. Here's Lily explaining how to do that in this video from our Designer Series.
What is the most popular rug colour?
"The most popular colours for rugs in New Zealand are similar to popular carpet colours- beige and greys. However, to add colour to your carpet - green is quite popular as a new neutral. For Bremworth, our most popular rug colours are within our Galet range, in the light grey Dolomite and Sage, a rich forest green.
Should the dining room rug be lighter or darker than the table and chairs?
Bremworth designer Lily Ng says, "Contrasting is a good option. If you have light furniture, opt for a darker rug and vice versa. But it’s completely up to personal preference. As a basic guide: If you have wooden furniture, it depends on the timber's colour. If you have lighter-coloured wooden furniture, perhaps a shade darker could bring out the colours of your furniture. If you have darker timber/wood- we recommend going a little lighter".
Should I get a light or dark rug for a small dining room?
"Keeping the tones similar will help your small dining room appear larger", advises Lily. If you have a small dining room, know that the size of the rug is also key for making your space look bigger”.
Don't go for a smaller rug thinking it will make the dining room bigger; Your dining room rug needs to be big enough to comfortably accommodate the table and chairs even when they are pulled back. Check out our Ultimate Dining Room Rug Placement Guide for more on the best rug sizes for a small dining room.
And that's it for everything you need to know about dining room rug ideas and styling tips. In short, the most timeless rug styles are:
- Neutral and natural-coloured rugs
- Round dining room rugs for a Feng Shui vibe
- Bright-coloured dining room rugs
- Contrasting dining room rugs
- Modern minimalist dining room rugs
If you still have questions, why not book a complimentary rug consultation with one of our designers, who'll help you pick the right-sized rug for your dining room and give more advice on how to fit it in your space? Ready to shop for rugs? Head over to our dining rug collection here.