Decorating with Area Rugs 101
For a room that lacks excitement, adding a rug might be the perfect answer. While that alone is a good enough reason to decorate with a rug, there are others. You might even say it completes a room by tying all the different pieces together visually. A rug can anchor a room, define it, and also add warmth and help layer a room's decor.
How many ways can you best use a rug? There are several different ways, but we will start with ten of them:
- Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas, and foyers. This is especially useful in studio apartments, or larger rooms that need definition.
- If you use more than one rug in a room, make sure they are not the same size. Same sized rugs can cut your room in half visually.
- When using more than one rug, it's better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many "warring" patterns in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.
- Use a favorite rug as the basis of the color scheme in a room. On the other hand, if you add it after you have your furniture in place, you can use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colors.
- Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper have an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern to add more interest to the room.
- Use a rug as the focal point of your room, as rugs can make a huge impact. To do that you can create contrast by painting your walls a hue that echoes one of your rug's accent colors.
- Use a rug as a wall hanging for another way to create a focal point.
- Don't assume that a rug has to be a rectangle. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. Try figuring out what shape would look best, and then go with a square, round or oval shape if that seems like the better option than a rectangular Hand tufted or Hand Knotted.
- When you buy a room size rug, subtract 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes it look a little larger. Also, when laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 24" of rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. Runners should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.
- Change out rugs and pillows to update a room for changing seasons, or as a way to introduce new color trends.
Bonus Tip: Always use a liner to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. The rug liner should be appropriate for your floor type, and also be the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding.