Color affects our mood, so the ones you choose to decorate with in your home will have an impact on how the space makes you feel. While some shades add energy and bring life to a room, like reds, oranges, and yellows, others are known to make you feel calm and relaxed, giving you a sense of relaxation. These calming colors, including blues, greens, greys, creams, and beiges, help you destress and promote a sense of zen.
One easy way to implement these calming colors into your home is with an area rug. Adding a calming rug requires less commitment than painting a wall and can be easily swapped out if you decide you want to change the mood of the space in the future.
Below, see 12 of the best calming rugs to help you create a relaxing vibe in your home.
Blue is a universally calming color because it’s most associated with the sky and water. It’s thought to promote feelings of serenity and clarity, making it a great color to decorate with if you want your home to feel relaxing and zen.
Blue is a soothing color that helps calm the mind, especially softer shades like the slate blue rug seen here. It even has subtle hints of grey, another serene color, making it the perfect calming rug to create a truly zen space. The minimal vintage pattern works in its favor as well, keeping the rug from being too distracting. When paired with warm neutrals, like the rich cognac brown sofa, and natural elements, like the plants and wooden table, you’ve got the perfect recipe for a relaxing room.
This teal blue rug works great in modern and coastal spaces, thanks to its abstract pattern. The teal and grey colors combine to create a unique striated texture. It adds just enough modern flair to a room while promoting an overall sense of relaxation with its calm color scheme. Keep the rest of the room’s color palette similar, including shades of cream, blue, and teal, and the decor minimal to keep the feeling of tranquility.
Keep the zen feeling flowing throughout your home by placing a blue outdoor rug on your porch. The primarily navy pattern is visually interesting but not overpowering in the space and pairs well with neutral decor in an equally soothing palette. Add a blue-grey outdoor sofa, soft brown table, and throw pillows in cream and beige to complete the look.
Scientific evidence shows that our bodies are more relaxed when we are connected to nature, which is why the color green can help promote this feeling at home.
Because green is found so frequently in nature, it represents tranquility and gives a space a calming effect. The sage green tone of the rug here will give any room in your home a sense of zen, but works especially well in a room with lots of natural light and tons of green plants.
You can never go wrong with a Persian-style rug, and one that’s primarily green and taupe works great at creating a calm environment. The multi-tonal design makes it versatile, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of decor colors, but the soft beiges and greys, all calming bedroom colors seen here, keep with the relaxing theme, while the darker decor elements give the space depth.
It’s pretty hard not to feel relaxed when your outdoor space is reminiscent of a tropical oasis, and this green palm leaf print rug does the trick. Keep the vacation vibes going with a nest chair and rattan poufs. Add lots of greenery for the finishing touch.
Grey is an unassuming color that can give us a sense of calm and relief from a chaotic world. When incorporating it into your calm color palette, stick with lighter shades of grey and don’t include too much in one space to keep it from looking drab and depressing.
Grey, especially lighter shades, is the perfect neutral to create a soothing, calming presence. When paired with lighter colors, like the cream and tan seen in this Persian-style rug, it makes it the ultimate choice for a relaxing space thanks to the calm color palette. To keep it from looking drab, mix the grey rug with warmer neutrals, like the soft brown, tan, and off-white colors seen in this dining room.
Another great Persian-style option to create a calming environment, this rug combines grey, beige, cream, and blue into one beautifully soothing design, making it the perfect rug for the bedroom. The purple-grey walls, grey sofa, and white linens, all calming bedroom colors, add to the relaxing effect.
Bring some calm into the kitchen with a multi-tonal Persian-style runner. Grey, beige, tan, and hints of green and blue mix together beautifully in this rug, which looks especially striking when paired with soft grey cabinets, a light grey backsplash, and warm tan decor accents.
CREAM / BEIGE
Cream and beige tones are neutral and calming thanks to their subtlety and warmth, giving a space a sense of brightness without the harshness of white.
This living room is the epitome of zen. The soft abstract pattern of the rug in tones of cream and taupe give the room depth, while the all-neutral decor in various shades of grey, beige, and tan prevent the space from looking too matchy-matchy. Incorporate plenty of textures, like linens and decorative items in the same calm color palette, and you’ve got a relaxing room you’ll never want to leave.
Beige and brown blend beautifully in this elegant Moroccan rug that gives an easy elegance to the dining room seen here. The Scandinavian furniture and simple abstract art add style while keeping the space simple and serene.
A minimalist’s dream, this cream and grey room is clean and calming. The cream and taupe Persian-style rug adds warmth and depth to the simple space, while the darker wood tones lend depth to keep it from looking flat.