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Decorating with statement rugs is often challenging, so here are some tips and tricks to help guide the process.

Small scale patterns can come into their own in simple, minimal rooms that make use of repeating color accents. A Losanges rug by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, part of Nani Marquina’s 2011 collection, anchors the master bedroom in an Ibiza vacation home. Photo by Albert Font.

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wood shelves of various sizes ornament the back wall, white couches, and a wood coffee table sit on a red, white and grey carpet

While patterned rugs are usually used as centerpieces in minimalist spaces, sometimes they work best when combined with other colors, textures and patterns. This Shelter Island vacation home boasts an interior festooned with a kaleidoscopic mix of colors and an array of tactile materials. Photo by Floto + Warner.

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a creative apartment renovation in tokyo

A rug with small-scale patterns can warm up a stark, minimalist space that might seem cold otherwise. Here, a patterned rug becomes the focal point of a Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

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mjolk boutique owners renovate their Toronto dwelling interior kids room

There's no better place for a beautiful, vibrant rug than a nursey. In this Toronto abode, a copper mobile by JF Jones hangs over a Leander crib and a vintage Moroccan rag rug. The rocking chair is by Hans Wegner for Fredericia. Photo by Derek Shapton.

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Modern custom-built kitchen with bright orange chairs

A surefire way to make a rug work is to pair it with other items in similar colors. An rug by Brita of Sweden matches the vibrant color scheme of a London guest house designed by Studiomama. Photo by Ben Anders.

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A good combination of two rugs can be better than one, so don't be afraid to mix and match. Two antique rugs from Morocco complement each other perfectly in this Belgian home. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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A long, narrow space in an old Toronto storefront becomes elongated with a mix of bright red patterns. Photo by Naomi Finlay. 

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Small scale patterns can come into their own in simple, minimal rooms that make use of repeating color accents. A Losanges rug by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, part of Nani Marquina’s 2011 collection, anchors the master bedroom in an Ibiza vacation home. Photo by Albert Font.

As we know from the Big Lebowski, a good rug can really tie a room together. And while solid color or neutral rugs are always a safe answer in decorating your home, there is just something about bold patterns that can take any room to the next level. Powerful geometric and organic patterns can easily become the focal point of any space, which often makes it a challenge to incorporate them in a way that doesn't overpower everything else. When used to their best advantage patterned rugs can have a harmonious effect, complementing other elements, rather than just drawing attention to themselves. We take a look at some Dwell homes that found the perfect balance in mixing colors, shapes and textures with their patterned rugs.

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