For the minimalist, striking the right balance between austere and boring depends on knowing how and where to incorporate texture, structure, and a dash of color to a room. Today, we're starting from the ground up, with 7 favorite rugs in pastel hues.
Above: A collaboration between textile artist Alyson Fox and Hawkins New York, the Landscape Rug has a hand-drawn design inspired by aerial views of a rural landscape. Tufted in silk and wool, it measures 5 by 7 feet; $2,200 from Hawkins New York.
Above: Created by artisans in Jodhpur, India, the vivid colors of Oyyo's handwoven cotton dhurries are made from natural vegetable dyes. A modern take on a centuries-old textile-making technique, the Brick Rug is available in four sizes; prices ranging from €520 for the 80-by-140-centimeter size to €1,890 for the 170-by-240-centimeter size through Oyyo. For more on the designers, see Flying Carpets Designed by Nomads.
Above: Amsterdam design duo Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings created a line of color-blocked New Zealand wool rugs for Hay. Prices start at $1,550 for Color Carpet Rug #5, shown here—5-feet-7-inches by 7-feet-10 inches—at A+R in Los Angeles.
Above: Designed in Bushwick and handwoven by Indian artisans, Aelfie's Morgan Rug is a triangular pattern of candy-colored wool and cotton; prices range from $217 for the 3-by-5-foot size to $1,040 for the 8-by-10-foot from Aelfie.
Above: Designed by Rose James in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Area Rug in Soft Blue is made from hand-dyed cotton that James weaves on a traditional loom. The rug measures 4-by-6-feet and is $288 from James's Etsy shop, Gypsya.
Above: The special order Offset Stripe Wool Dhurrie from West Elm is available in several sizes and colors, including Horizon (the yellow shown above); prices start at $59 for a 2-by-3-foot rug and go up to $1,899 for a 12-by-18-foot rug.
Above: The Assembly Home Stacked Bar Rug from Urban Outfitters is made from woven cotton in a gray, black, or green print; $199 for the 8-by-10-foot size.
For inspiration, browse rugs in room settings—go to our Photo Gallery to see hundreds of standout examples. And as a rug alternative, how about DIY Dramatic Floor Stencils? On Gardenista, have a look at Carpets in Outdoor Spaces.