Area rugs need not be something to stress about. Check out these seven tips to help you pick out and place the perfect rug for your space
When it comes to decorating a home or a space, one thing that many people neglect are area rugs. Rugs are conventionally thought to be expensive, difficult to clean and are dust magnets. You may feel that they are just not worth the effort. However, area rugs bring life to rooms. They have the ability to make your living space look and feel cosier, fancier or more outstanding.
It can be a bit of a daunting task to shop or plan for a rug in your space though. Things like complementary colours, sizes and placements can make anyone give up rather quickly. To make styling a space with a rug easier, here are seven essential tips that will help you make the best use of an area rug.
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1. Use rugs to divide a room
If you are decorating a larger room, such as the hall in your home, use a rug to divide the area up. For example, rugs could designate seating areas or dining areas. This will make your living space look more organised and can even give the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is.
2. Use different sized rugs in a single room
While different rugs in a single room can really make a space look bigger and more organised, what you want to avoid is getting two rugs that are exactly the same size. Two similarly sized rugs can end up cutting the room in half which can make it look rather unpleasant.
Rather, use different sized rugs or even rugs of different shapes to emphasise the beauty of the space. Showing off your flooring is also a good thing because it will compliment your choice of rug.
3. Get rugs that complement each other
Picking rugs can be sensory overload if you aren’t focused. You may be drawn to many different styles and want to buy them all. However, rugs with contrasting patterns or colours may end up making the room look garish and disorganised.
Instead, pay attention to your furniture or wall colours. If your upholstery or wallpaper is patterned, choose a rug which has a solid colour or more subtle patterns. Likewise, if your upholstery or wallpaper has solid colours, a rug with bolder patters will make a huge impact in the room. Just make sure that you don’t have furniture covering up the designs on the rug.
Bonus tip: Bold patterns on a smaller rug can often give your room the idea of being bigger than it actually is.
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4. Measure your space
Before setting out to buy your rug, measure the space which you wish to put your rug. If you are putting your rug under a couch, make sure that it extends under at least the first set of legs on the sofa.
If the rug is going to be placed in front of the couch, you should make sure that it is slightly longer than the couch so that it can still be seen.
Essentially you should make sure that your furniture has space to sit nicely on the rug and that it can still be seen. Measuring your space and furniture takes the guesswork out of the process.
5. Try hanging your rug on the wall
Hanging a rug on the wall may seem odd but when done properly, you’ll be surprised at just how well it works. Pick a rug which compliments your wall colour and you’ll find that it makes a great focal point in your room.
6. Choose colours that feature at least two of your accent colours
If your space is unpainted, you could opt to buy a rug and then use the colours on the rug to determine the colour scheme of the room. This is an easy way to style a room when you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
If your walls are already painted or your furniture is already in, try to get a rug which accents or ties in with your existing colours.
7. Play with shapes to soften a room
Rugs don’t have to be only rectangular and boring. Rather, use your furniture to help you decide the shape of your rug. For example, if you have a round coffee table, opt for a round rug. This will complement your furniture better and will make everything look more organised. It will also help you soften your space.
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