Earth colours always give a very expensive look to a room, partly because they imply that only natural fibres have been used. With wool, cotton, hemp and other fabrics being much more pricey than their manmade equivalents, as soon as the creams and browns are introduced into a decorating scheme, the whole room looks very classic and sophisticated. Earth colours can be anything from the deep brown of plain chocolate right up to a rich latte coffee colour and in the brighter direction can go almost into the red spectrum by taking in terracotta (which literally translated means ‘baked earth’).
If you have a neutral room, earth toned rugs will make it seem much richer, by bringing down the palette into the darker shades and giving an accent which is nevertheless not overwhelming. Sometimes it suits a light room to have a stark colour such as red as an eye catching single splash of colour but this is not very restful. If the room is very modern this is usually acceptable but if the general theme of the furniture and especially the seating is of old-fashioned comfort, the bright colours sometimes used as accents can actually be quite jarring. Some people go for dusty pinks and washed out greens in this setting, but for something that will last throughout a lot of decor changes, you can’t really do better than some lovely natural earth colours.
One of the best features of the earth colours is that they all go with each other and so you won’t ever get a clash. You can also team a lovely dark brown rug with a pale green carpet for example and you will get a very happy mixture. Earth coloured rugs also look good in any type of pile, from the long twist to velvet, carved or even flat weave for the kitchen; the natural colour seems to go with anything. If you like to re-accessorise your home according to the season you can’t go wrong with an earth tone background. All you need to do is to introduce warmer terracottas to make it more cosy in winter; some mint greens and pinks for spring; cool blues to cool down a hot summer day and finally come into the terracotta for autumn by introducing some falling leaf shades or even motifs. Your earthy brown rugs will go with it all.