The 12 best black and white rugs to help you make a graphic monochrome statement

The best black and white rugs chosen by the Livingetc team to to create a bold scheme and dynamic statement, adding a touch of monochrome magic

Ruggable & Anthropologie Black & Wool Rugs
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Black and white are a match made in heaven. The secret to the success of these color codes lies in their ability to balance one another. Whilst white brings light and levity to schemes, black injects depth and drama into the room. Designers and homeowners alike can experiment with a variety of rug styles from clean geometric styles to organic animal prints. The pared-back nature of this color combination makes it the ideal option for a rug that works with the room but can also hold its own.

To help you in your search for the right rug, you can take a look at our best rugs feature. Advice from interior designers and rug experts offer their insight, alongside a curated list of our favorites. For those with their heart set on a black and white rug, we’ve searched and scoured through the best home décor stores to find you the very best selection.

Best Contemporary Black and White Rugs

Best Irregular Black and White Rugs

Best Outdoor Black and White Rugs

Best Minimal Black and White Rugs

Does a white rug make a room look bigger?

White encourages feelings of peace and expanse which makes it an ideal choice for making your room look and feel bigger. This is a sentiment that the experts agree with. “White will make a room look bigger as it reflects and bounce light around the room,” says Eleanor Dykes of Riviere Rugs. When looking for your perfect white rug, look to durable and stain resistant materials like wool, polypropene, and polyester so your rug stays sparkling. You can accentuate the effect of the room by pairing the white rug with pared-back neutrals that further opens up the space.

Writer and design expert Faaizah Shah is the founder of The Interiors Consultancy. She has worked with designers such as Staffan Tollgard and design houses such as Sanderson to help them understand and communicate their narratives. She is known for crafting engaging stories and imaginative content, and understanding great decor from her years alongside some of the best creatives in the industry. She is also a contributor to Livingetc.