Rugs on walls – An alternative wallpaper

If you are living in a small space or perhaps renting accommodation it can be difficult to make your home feel your own. If you don’t have the room for a rug, but want a modern or contemporary aesthetic, brighten up your room by hanging a rug on your wall.

Canevas Flower 

Canevas Flower 

Modern rugs can be used as an alternative to wallpaper by adding a pattern to your room through different coloured yarns and woven shapes. Having a rug on your wall will provide warmth through the yarn used, making it perfect for a cosy bedroom with a modern twist. Layering your rug behind furniture such as beds and sofas adds a sense of depth to your room creating a luxurious designer feel. 

Modern rugs can also be hung like paintings or artwork. If you are hanging a smaller rug such as a kelim think about the composition and how other objects in your room may work with it. Below is the rug ‘Circles’ by Ferm Living. The other objects displayed give the rug space to breathe but also compliment the colours and shapes. Resulting in a modern yet effortless appearance.  

If your rug has a bold pattern like Canevas flower by GAN, the pattern is clearer from a distance so suits the position on the wall better than the floor. For example, up close this rug just looks like plain cross-stitch. From a distance roses appear transforming what looks like an abstract pattern into a motif.

Aragon rug

Aragon rug

This style of displaying rugs doesn’t have to be a statement or bold choice. Keep it simple by using a natural coloured rug to blend in or neutralise your room. Adding a shaggy texture to your walls can break up any plain flat surfaces.

For more inspiration on hanging modern rugs in your home, have a look at our range of kelims here.