Timeless, bold and effortlessly glamorous, black and white rugs are the easiest way to make a dramatic statement in your space. And it’s not only that: these rugs are also versatile—they complement almost any room theme or decor.
“A black and white rug is extremely versatile and will sit well with a number of interior styles, including modern or traditional spaces,” says Nicola Croughan, interior specialist for Blinds Direct. “Many people worry about using dramatic dark tones such as black, but used right, black and white rugs can transform a room into a stylish, sophisticated dream.”
This black and white rug features a Southwestern art-inspired pattern that keeps the eye moving. A busy pattern like this wouldn’t need too much decor, and would look great against neutral-colored furniture and walls. Another tip? Add other black accessories like lighting fixtures, throw pillows, coffee table, or even ornaments to keep your room grounded.
A more pared-down pattern, like a black and white checkered rug, allows you to be a bit more creative with your decor. It keeps things interesting in your space without upstaging all the other elements in your room. Need more room inspirations? See six more ways we styled this buffalo plaid rug.
Whether in the dining, living, or bedroom, you can never go wrong with a black and white stripe rug. This rug boasts a modern twist on the classic nautical stripe—a minimalist design that offers maximum drama. To soften the look, get this stripe rug in round.
Another twist on stripes, this black and white rug features a hand-drawn hatchwork design inspired by Turkish kilim rugs. It complements a variety of color schemes and decor themes, including this retro-slash-mid-century-modern theme.
Floral rugs look feminine and elegant without even trying—and this black and white floral rug is no exception. Floral patterns come in various shapes and sizes, but we like it when the flowers are bigger and bolder.
A black and white rug in the entryway? Why not! For heavy-traffic areas like the entryway, or any area that’s doomed to get a lot of dirt and mud, we suggest a predominantly black rug with white accents. It’s chic and edgy, plus it hides dirt better. Of course it doesn’t hurt if your rug is washable, too! (*wink*)
When rendered in black and white, even a classic or traditional rug can look modern and feel right at home in contemporary spaces. This two-toned floral pattern, with its intricate vines and curvy lines, looks feminine and elegant, and even allows you to use pops of bright colors in your decor, like mustard yellow.
As if a black and white combo is not edgy enough, amp it up with this wild zebra-patterned rug. An animal-print rug like this doesn’t need too many frills, but it also allows you to indulge your creative side.
A black and white geometric rug looks nice in most settings, especially in contemporary spaces. This one in particular features sleek lines and simple shapes, which can easily blend in the background or stand out by itself.
As kids’ rooms and playrooms tend to have colorful toys, clothes, and craft supplies, a black and white rug makes sense, especially one with Mickey Mouse doodled all over it. Besides, who doesn’t love a Disney rug? Bonus: A black and white color scheme works on nurseries too.
If you have lush surroundings at home, a black and white rug in your outdoor deck, balcony, or patio will allow that fresh green color to shine. Plus, it will also camouflage dust and dirt better.
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