Snow White's Rachel Zegler makes a once unfashionable carpet look incredibly cool in her retro living room

Who would have thought that an orange shag carpet could be chic?

Rachel Zegler of Disney's snow white
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It's not often that the words 'chic' and 'orange shag carpet,' appear in the same sentence, but Rachel Zegler proves there's a first time for everything. The Snow White starlet took to Instagram to share her retro living room and we're obsessed. Rachel's living room is undeniably stylish featuring deep chocolate brown mahogany built-ins, dark orange patent leather chairs, and a long pile rust-colored carpet. A decorative vase and artfully arranged books on the shelves further elevate the space.

Interior design experts explain why the look of Rachel Zegler's anti-trend living room is here to stay.

First, the experts say the living room color scheme lends a warm, rich, and welcoming feeling to Rachel's space. Elizabeth Grace, an interior designer at Dream Homemaking, states: 'The bold presence of the orange hue infuses the room with a welcoming energy, radiating a sense of warmth and vitality that enlivens the space, especially when juxtaposed against the richness of dark wood, thus creating a dynamic contrast that elevates the overall ambiance.'

Elizabeth Grace on a grey background
Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace is an interior designer and furniture expert. She received her degree in Interior Design from the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth landed her first job as an intern with a leading firm in New York City, learning from some of the city’s top designers. She currently works as an interior designer for both residential and commercial clients.

Elizabeth continues, 'The unconventional pairing of the vibrant orange with the deep, earthy tones of the dark wood acts as a focal point, drawing attention to the intricacies of the interior design while creating a sense of visual intrigue and compelling focal contrast that captivates the eye.'

Beyond the colors, experts say the living room carpet adds visual interest because of its unusual texture. Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens, says, 'The plush layers of the long pile carpet add a sense of depth and dimension to Rachel Zegler's living room. The interplay of light and shadow between the softness of the carpet and the smoothness of the wood create a striking and elegant contrast.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Furthermore, Elizabeth says, the use of texture in interior design in Rachel Zegler's living room adds to the comfortable vibe of the space. She states: 'The tactile allure of the long pile texture provides a luxurious and inviting sensory experience, offering a tactile comfort that complements the visual warmth of the color, thereby creating an atmosphere of understated elegance that invites occupants to indulge in the tactile intricacies of the space.'

Rachel Zegner called it first, the reddish long-pile carpet is no longer an interior design pariah. It might even be the next carpet trend. So, until Snow White comes out on Disney+, we'll be spending all our time shopping for the perfect orange shag carpet to compliment our living room floors.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.