How To Decorate With Area Rugs

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The Elegance Rugs Guide To Decorating With Area Rugs

Area rugs can be used in all spaces in the house and as you will soon find, have a variety of ways in which they can change or define a room and its surroundings. The team at Elegance rugs have created a simple, easy to follow guide to helping you select and properly utilise your area rug at home. Here are some of our top tips on how to correctly use area rugs in your home.

Using Area Rugs To Define Space

Area rugs can be used to define or separate spaces. It doesn’t have to be inside the house either. You can use an area rug either indoors or outside, but obviously be careful to use an outdoor rug. Studio apartments often get huge benefit from an area rug.

Creating Some Variety

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one rug in a room. You can select two, especially in a larger room, that can help to visually divide a room. If you use two different size rugs, you can create a new visual to give space to one side.

Bring Harmony Into Your Living Space

If you do decide to use two separate area rugs, make sure they compliment each other and not just the room. If they are too different, then you might find that it creates a discord in the room rather than harmonising it.RubicGrey1 | Area rugs to decorate your home

Getting Colour Ideas From Rugs

The colour of rug you select is a personal choice, however, you can use an existing colour scheme within the room, or even start with a favourite rug or colour. An area rug can often be used to tie room colours together, so think carefully about what you are trying to achieve within the sapce.

Tip 1: Don’t Choose An Area Rug That’s Too Small

The size of the rug is important. Use your furniture in the room to define the boundaries as well as the purpose of the room. In the living room it is likely that the rug will be in the central conversation space. It defines the space in which people sit and converse, meaning it needs to fill that space.

If placing it in the bedroom, you will want it to be on your feet as you leave the bed. There’s nothing worse that standing on a cold floor on the morning and it gives you a sense of comfort before you start your day

Tip 2: Try Layering Rugs

People will often buy an area rug too small for the space because of the price. What a lot of people miss, is that you can layer rugs to give a larger sense of rug and space. Neutral rugs, like our jute rugs, are great to layer with. They are also hardy and family proof, meaning the can be easily cleaned. Place a patterned rug over this and you find that your layer creates depth and space.

Tip 3: Don’t Leave Your Wall-To-Wall carpet Space Bare

Area rugs don’t have to go on bare floor either. It may seem like a bold move, but placing an area rug over a carpeted floor can bring a playful feel to the room as well as creating boundaries within it.

Tip 4: Don’t Leave The Rug ‘Till Last

If you are decorating a bare room then you’ll want to start with the rug first. It will help to define the look and feel of the room at lot more easily than if you try to pick it last. It may take you a long time to find the right one should you try to do so once the room is finished.

A great interior design trick is to pick the rug and throw pillows first. You can then layer the room up from the base you have picked with the rug, be it textiles or furniture. Basically whatever goes with the rug best will be nicely tied in with the room.

Tip 5: Get The Right Size For The Space

Measuring the room you are going to decorate first will save you a lot of hassle. Subtract three feet from the length and width of the room you are looking to add a rug to. If you leave a little bit of space at the edges of the room it will appear larger, giving it a more open feel.

If you plan to place a rug under your dining table, leave 24 inches from the edge on all sides. You will be able to keep all the chairs on the rug then, even when pulled out. Runner rugs should ideally be about 4 inches narrower than the hallway it’s placed in and roughly 18-24 inches shorter. Ensure that you can get both feet on the rug when walking on it.

Tip 6: Select Some Patterned Designs

Don’t be afraid to add a bit of variety. A nice print, texture or contrasting colour will add life to your room. Keeping everything the same will make the room and the rug feel flat and dull.

Tip 7: Don’t Skip The Rug Pad

To keep your area rugs from slipping and sliding around the room, get a rug pad. They provide and extra layer of comfort when walking on and keep your rugs in place. These are especially good for flatweave rug types. Rug tape, whilst it seems like a good idea, doesn’t work all that well and will leave marks on your floor.

Tip 8: Use Area Rugs For A Statement

Area rugs can be a great tool for setting the tone and volume of a room. If you have intricate, ornate patterns on the wall, a subtle rug will help to accentuate this. Bland or dull rooms can be activated simply by adding a rug that has bright colours and patterns.

Tip 9: Creating Focal Points

If you are looking to create a focal point in the room, an area rug is often a great choice. As stated before, an area rug will be able to define the room and furniture around it, so it makes a natural choice for focus.

Tip 10: Select The Right Shape

Area rugs don’t have to be rectangular. There are lots of different shapes that you can use to compliment a room. Sometimes a square or rectangle shape rug doesn’t fit with the shape of the room, so try out circular styles too.

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