When it comes to choosing an area rug, consider the color and design carefully. Adding color and excitement to a space with neutral furniture and walls can be as simple as choosing a patterned rug. Similarly, a solid rug in a neutral color can help to unify an eclectic space. Keep in mind that a patterned rug will hide dirt and spills better than a solid rug, which will reveal stains more prominently. If you have a colorful room and still want a colorful rug, look for something that will tie the colors together. The goal is to keep them from fighting; otherwise, you'll end up in a visually congested environment.