Patterned vs Solid Color:  What Carpet Style Fits My Space Best? 

Ticking style light colors with a serging fabricated and installed as a stair runner.

Choosing a Carpet Style First Can Make 

Your Carpet Buying Decision a Whole Lot Easier!

When refreshing a home or office, most people tend to have an aesthetic already in mind that they’re looking to achieve. A great way to compliment that new aesthetic is with a new area rug. If you’ve ever walked into The Carpet Workroom showroom, or perhaps you’ve taken a look at a rug catalog, you’ve probably come to realize the different directions one can take with their new area rug. A great way to get started is with a patterned carpet style. 

You might ask yourself, “Do I want a carpet style that pops out or one that is subtle?” If you’re looking to make a statement, then a patterned choice might work best for you. However, if you want an area rug that simply compliments your aesthetic without drawing too much attention, then you may be better off skipping the patterns and going for a solid color. 

Choosing a carpet design style first can certainly make your selection process much easier. It can be overwhelming seeing the hundreds of styles that are available to choose from. By simply deciding on which design style you want for your space, you’re able to narrow down your options and truly focus on a style that best blends with your aesthetic. 

Is a Patterned Carpet Style Right for Me? 

Going with a pattern is a great way to bring your space to life. Even if you want something subtle, you’ll be able to locate many patterned carpet styles that don’t take the attention away from the rest of your space. For many homeowners, owning a solid-color carpet may appear too monotonous and dull; therefore, adding some pattern or design scheme will give your new area rug some extra life. 

During your area rug search, you’ll be likely to find a wide array of patterns and styles to choose from. Here are some of our most popular patterned styles you can find at The Carpet Workroom: 

Geometric: This pattern style consists of using abstract, geometric shapes to create a stunning carpet design. Area rugs with this design fit best in modern and contemporary homes as they are edgy, striking, and eye-catching. The patterns tend to be uniform, and depending on the aesthetic you’re going for, you’ll be likely to find patterns that pop out more than others. These geometric patterns can be made using colored dyes, or the carpet material can be woven in a specific way (see Herringbone below). These styles tend to have more color variety, or in some cases the patterns tend to be a different shade compared to other carpets.         

Animal Print: Animal print carpet styles are one of the flashiest styles to choose from. They feature patterns and designs that are intended to resemble the skin or fur of animals. For example, some of these styles include tiger print, cheetah print, zebra print, and many more. These are a great option if you want to add a playful, unique look to your space; animal print can also be used as a neutral option so that it subtly blends with your favorite aesthetic. 

Herringbone: A Herringbone pattern is often seen in other flooring options, but it’s just as popular in carpeting. This timeless pattern is made by weaving the carpet into a v-shape style. While a herringbone can be considered a geometric style of carpet, what makes this different is the material used and how the pattern is made. Herringbones are typically woven using natural materials such as wool, sisal, jute, etc., which are easier to weave and manipulate compared to carpet fibers. If you want a geometric pattern that isn’t too flashy, then a herringbone would be a great choice as these are typically more uniform and consistent rather than

Why Should I Go With a Solid-Colored Carpet Style?

While a pattern or design on your new carpet project can certainly bring life into a space, there may be times where you may want something more subtle. 

Going with a patterned carpet can be distracting from the other details of your interior design and might throw off your entire aesthetic. Going with a solid-colored carpet style keeps things simple without stealing all the attention. It allows you to place the carpet subtly and as a compliment to the rest of your style. 

Another reason you may want to pass on the sophisticated patterns and designs is to keep costs low. Adding patterns onto a carpet requires extra time and preparation which usually translates to a higher price tag. This allows you to save money on your next project or reinvest those savings into a carpet with a higher-quality material. 


Once you choose your desired carpet style for your space, you can more easily decide on which direction to head with your new area rug. At this point you’ve eliminated styles that will not suit your needs and can focus on styles that will truly bring your aesthetic to life. 

If you’re interested in a new area rug, The New England Rug Co. has a great selection of outstanding carpet styles that can suit your needs. We’ve made your shopping experience easier by allowing you to identify carpet styles based on your desired color, aesthetic, or pattern. 

If you don’t see a style that meets your expectations on our online shop, feel free to explore The Carpet Workroom’s virtual showroom for an opportunity to view other available styles. If you see something that catches your attention, reach out to us at and one of our dedicated project managers will help you get started on crafting your new area rug! 

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