I personally like to push the fashion envelope and see how it comes out-and not just when it comes to rugs. For instance, if I learn that a trend is on the horizon for men's wear, I will research it and then purchase a few select items despite the fact that it seems nobody else is wearing that sort of item yet.
I once was feeling a bit poetic I suppose and decided that I should wear all black out to an evening affair. I had on black shoes, socks, pants, shirt, sweater, jacket, and scarf. Now this was winter time and I am a pale guy. It came off as if I was ghostly sick-not my best look. But what does this have to do with rugs you ask? Well plenty. The point is that if you try to be too coordinated in style of your home interior, it will come off as predictable and boring. For instance, do not buy the same pattern rug in a hallway runner and a rectangle for the living room. Rugs should coordinate but not match perfectly.
Just think of when you go shopping for clothing or accessories. I cannot imagine that you would want everything to match perfectly. Mixing it up a bit with perhaps a solid skirt and patterned top is a cool thing to do. The same holds true for area rugs.
A really great tip on how to make your rugs coordinate but not match perfectly (rugs that match perfectly would be the same exact pattern but in a different size or even in the same size) is to select a different pattern in the same collection. That way the designer has already coordinated the rugs for you, so you can be confident that they will be putting across a similar design aesthetic.
Just picture what a woman's ready to wear department looks like at Macy's. There are mannequins that feature the latest fashions, and invariably the outfits coordinate between mannequins and can be mixed up to create a bunch of different looks. What I have never seen, however are two mannequins with the same outfit on...why? Because it is predictable and boring.
The same holds true when you are shopping for rugs. Just try to step outside your comfort zone a bit and consider rugs that will compliment each other but not match perfectly. By having the rugs match perfectly (ie same exact pattern) it also makes each rug look cheaper, since the uniqueness of each rug is lost to the other.
If you have questions about this, please let me know. We have worked really hard to be sure that the rugs we offer represent the latest fashion trends. Just sit back, relax and let go of your hesitation. Follow your instincts and step out a bit. I am sure you will be glad with the result.