DEsign Sponge BarnThis is the time of year we start looking at our homes with a fresh eye. Maybe just for those little extra ‘Spring’ cleaning tasks or perhaps with a view to redecorating and changing a room (or two) entirely.

One of the tips I’ve taken to heart from the professionals when thinking of  redecorating a room is – choose a rug first. Whatever floor surface you have, a rug provides a focal point and an anchor for the scheme, and adds colour, pattern and texture.  Plus it’s so much easier to find paint to match textiles like rugs and curtains than the other way around.

My final post of 2014 was simply three of my favourite interiors images from last year, and this one above from Design*Sponge shows how a rug can be the perfect finishing touch that pulls all the elements of a room together.  As here, it can also add a touch of the unexpected; I love how they’ve used these elegant shades of soft rose pink and silvery grey against all the bare wood and more rustic fittings.

So, I’ve rounded up my favourite contemporary, colourful rugs from this season. Some are bright, some more subtle, some patterned, some plain, plus a range of materials and textures.  With spring and summer on the way cotton based rugs and lightweight hides can add a different feel to your rooms and mark the change of seasons.

But all of these colourful rugs are guaranteed to make a statement, and be the perfect springboard for a fresh look this year.

Brightly coloured rug by Sonya Winner
Dusk Square Rug by Sonya Winner, 100% wool
Prism Rug by Sonya Winner in muted colours Prism Pastels Rug by Sony Winner, 100% wool, available in standard and small

Calvin Klein Linear Glow Rug in shades of aqua blue and grenCalvin Klein Linear Glow Rug in Aqua, 100% wool

Contemporary colourful Kelim rug in grey, yellow, apricot and navy blue by Ferm LivingWhite Lines Kelim Rug by Ferm Living, 80% wool/20% cotton, other Kelim designs available

Cotton Octo Rug by Habitat printed in blue, cream, red and orange geometric pattern

Above and below, Octo Rug, 100% cotton by Habitat

Cotton Octo Rug detail with orange, red, blue and green geometric shapdes and red border

Contemporary colourful rug by Casa Estudio for MADE with geometric cityscape design

Above Astoria Rug; and below Merida Rug, 100% wool, both by Casa Estudio for MADEMulticoloured Merida Rug with geometric shapes from

Niki Jones Optical Rug with central black motif blending into grey/brown border
Optical Rug by Niki Jones, 100% wool

Tye-dye effect indigo coloured rug by Designers GuildSavine Rug in Indigo by Designers Guild, 100% wool

Colourful abstract wool rug in white, red, blue and brownDog Star Rug by Margo Selby for John Lewis, 100% wool

Aerial shot of colourful rugs in room with chairs and tablePlaya Rugs by Brink and Campman, reused cotton, various sizes and colours

Blue Stonewash Rug on floor with dining table and chairs and pictures on wallStonewash Rug by Brink and Campman, wool/polyamide, various sizes and colours

Berber style rug with grey diamonds on cream backgroundLuxe Berber Rug by John Lewis, wool/synthetic, two sizes

Parquet Cowhide Rug in grey shades

Parquet Cowhide Rug in natural grey tones by MADEClose up of parquet cowhide rug showing zig zag stitching

I hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of contemporary, colourful rugs and hopefully found some inspiration and ideas for your next project.

Images: stores and brands as credited above

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