The Do’s And Don’ts Of Decorating With Area Rugs

Your home is the one place you can go to truly relax at the end of a long day at work. And your décor can be directly linked to the peace – or lack thereof – you feel when you enter your home. So it’s important set the right atmosphere in your space. 

The Basics of How to Properly Choose and Place Your Rugs

Area rugs are an excellent place to start. In fact, most designers will tell you to choose an area rug first, and build out from there. Then you can choose other accessories to complement the colors or patterns in the rug.

However, before you buy your throws or commit to curtains, there are a few things you should know about decorating with area rugs.

Do Use Continuous Color In Smaller Rooms 

Lighter hues will create a more spacious feel in a smaller house. To enhance this open feel, choose a beautiful creamy or light gray area rug and continue those colors throughout to prevent the room from feeling too cramped. You might even consider skipping artwork on the walls for a fresh look.

Don’t Try A “Postage Stamp” Rug

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is placing a smaller rectangular or square rug under a coffee table. However, an area rug is designed to anchor an entire room, not just one piece of furniture. A smaller rug will be dwarfed in contrast to a larger seating space. 

Do Make Sure Your Area Rug is The “Right” Size

As mentioned above, smaller rugs aren’t recommended for most rooms. This is because Your rug should convey the size of its space. So, how do you know what the appropriate size is?

A good rule of thumb is to have all your furniture fit on the outer rim of a rug. For example, the front legs of your chairs or sofas should be on top of the rug. This gives the illusion that the rug goes on indefinitely and that the room is larger than it is. 

Don’t “Bare” Your Flooring

We know you love the look of hardwood and ceramic. But an area rug simply makes your seating area look so much better and put together. Not to mention, a rug makes a room feel warmer and even significantly cuts down noise levels. Yes, a rug absorbs the sound of running (or even stomping) feet and high-pitched squeals of the kids, giving you a lot more peace and quiet. And it goes without saying, that a rug is much more pleasant to your feet, too.

You might even wonder if an area rug will still look right on top of wall-to-wall carpeting. Of course it does! Decorating with area rugs is first and foremost about defining space, no matter your flooring choices.

Do Decorate Your Dining Room With An Area Rug 

Use a flat rug under your dining room table.  Don’t cringe at this statement as you imagine spilled juice, splattered ketchup, and more crumbs than you’d care to count. However, in a dining space  – especially one that isn’t used every day – is the perfect place for a rug.  It’s suggested to find a flat rug like dhurrie, kilim, or FLOR tiles as opposed to wool. The flatter alternatives are definitely easy to clean so you won’t cry over spilled milk. 

Also be sure to center your dining furniture over the rug, and choose a rug that fits the table shape. For example, if you have a round table, decorate with a round area rug 

Don’t Use A Small Rug In A Bedroom 

A designer tip: When decorating with an area rug, it should be big enough to extend beyond the sides of the bed:

  • 12″ for a twin or double bed,
  • At least 18″ for a bed that’s queen or king sized.

These are suggested minimums, so slightly larger rugs can also work. 

Do Consider A Round Rug  

Don’t put your decorating in a box. A round or oval rug can soften up the look of a square room. In addition, round rugs are especially fun for a larger bathroom. If you also want to play with bolder colors, patterns, or textures, your bathroom is the place to do it.

In fact, for any room of your home, more can be better. More pattern or color gives more options when you add accessories. Bold patterns, such as large flowers or abstract designs, on a small rug can also make a smaller space appear bigger.

Don’t Shy Away From Customization

Finally, when decorating with area rugs for your home, ask your dealer about sizing and binding your area rug for a perfect fit.

An area rug can completely change the look and feel of your home. These “do’s and don’ts” are recommendations. But when you use them as basic guidelines to decorating with area rugs, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

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