The distressed style is so popular in décor these days; even in clothing fashion. One reason could be that the style softens-up bright colors, making them less gaudy and more pastel. The retro/worn pattern also adds to a sort of nostalgic chic, like an old pair of worn Converse All Stars; or a skin-hammered old Telecaster. This article will help your cool male living space go from rugs to riches, a whole new world of carpets.

But, before you choose a carpet you need to make sure it matches your floor, assuming you have some kind of wooden or laminate flooring; actually, there’s no reason you can’t put a rug on an already carpeted floor – which would work best for a short-weave carpet. There can be something jarring about the contrast between a lighter colored distressed carpet and a dark flooring color. The amount of white on the carpet – used for the distress effect – seems to clash too much with the darker flooring.

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Examples of distressed color carpets on a darker floor:

nuLOOM Traditional Oriental Distressed Area Rug in Dark Blue for ...
Modway R-1091D-58 Minu Distressed Floral Lattice Area Rug, 5' x 8 ...

See what we mean? Perhaps it is personal preference but the above distressed carpet and floor combos look a bit lame. It is usually recommended that for dark flooring, a high-contrast colored carpet of a solid color (consider an accent carpet) or a dark carpet to add additional depth to the room.

When we go with a lighter floor, you can see below how much better the carpet and floor combos work.

And here’s an example of having a carpet on your carpet.

Here’s a few examples of distressed carpets you can purchase today, remember to take into account floor color and carpet contrast. For more ideas and musing on how to match color in your apartment, see our useful article on the color wheel.

#1 Distressed Aqua

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This hyper-distressed blue carpet, from the United Weavers of America, has a very worn look with the main color being blue with shades of distressed white. The aqua color is perfect if you like the color blue but want a more pastel, softer look; which will have a calming effect on the room.

#2 Distressed Modern Abstract Navy

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Similar to the above carpet, this distressed carpet has a more bolder navy blue color and might work better as a accent carpet, or at least in an living space where other decor compliments the deep navy blue of the carpet.

#3 High Contrast White

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This distressed charcoal, light grey and beige carpet works particularly well with the dark hardwood flooring because it is high-contrast as mentioned previously. White being a neutral color which can work well with any other color and, differing from the other more colored carpets above, this one is dominated by white tones.

#4 The Darkness

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This moody, black charcoal, distressed carpet By Nourison would be perfect for a darker flooring shade to add depth. This rug is stain resistant, fade resistant, no shedding, and easy to clean according to the supplier

#5 Abstract

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Madison Park Newport’s ultra soft Turkish floor carpets with abstract shades of blue and yellow. This style of carpet would work really well within a fresh mid-century modern styled male living space.

Here’s the rug in situ for some inspiration. You’ll notice that most of these promos have some kind of cool plant in them – if you need an easy to care for plant then try our hard to kill plant article here.

#6 Distressed Auburn Hall Rug

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This water repellent carpet from Superior would be perfect as a moody accent piece for a hallway.

#7 Distressed Vintage Cezanne Terracotta

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This one is a really nice premium carpet (with a premium price tag). By the ‘Rug Collective’ this carpet is water-resistant and apparently machine washable (hope ya have a big washing machine). Click through the link to see the carpet in different promo-images. It looks awesome (also see below). You will also notice from the below promo the blue, red and gold color scheme, this is a good use of the analogous color scheme which you can find more about in our color article.

Here’s what it looks like in situ. In keeping with the previously described theme of a light floor and distressed carpet – further contrasting and softening the dark wall and accent chair in the corner there. Check out our article on cool black accent walls if you are feeling inspired.

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