Choosing An Area Rug Without Overwhelming A Small Room

A Small Living Room

All rooms deserve a rug, even a small room. However, the wrong rug can overwhelm it. When a small room is overwhelmed it feels tight, busy, distracting, and uncomfortable. It’s not just because of the rug, though. There are other factors in the small room that makes it seem smaller than it really is. As the decorator of your domain, you need to consider all the elements so that your rug can trick the eye to make your small room feel larger.

The key to picking the right-sized rug for your small room is to have proper measurements of the room and areas you think the rug will look the best. Photographs can also help you when you shop online to remind you of the room’s exact features. Take photos with three walls in the frame so you have an accurate perspective of the room. Small rooms have challenges that other rooms do not. So, here are some simple tips:

Small Bedroom With Large Furnishings

Small Bedroom With Large Furnishings

When you squeeze large or too much furniture into a small bedroom, there’s not a whole lot of floor space available for an area rug. But who wants to step out of bed on to a cold floor? If your bed is against a wall there is probably more floor space for a small rectangular area rug. Match the rug to a color in your comforter or bedding set.

When your headboard is centered on a wall, leaving 2 sides of the bed exposed, try a runner rug on both sides of the bed. Not enough room for two runners? Pick a soft, flatweave rug that nearly fits under the bed and extends outwards to the sides.

Another idea is to find an area rug that covers almost the entire room. With light colored walls and furnishings, choose a patterned rug to add color. A striped area rug can elongate the room. With colorful walls and dark furnishings pick a light, neutral rug in a solid color.

A Small Living Room

A Small Living Room

For a small living room, you’ll need to find a rug to accent your furniture and anchor your sofa and chairs. Accent your room with a colorful rug if your furniture is a light, solid color. A chevron or geometric design on a small area rug will add character to the room.

Pick an area-rug in a size that allows you to place the front legs of your chairs on the edge. That will help anchor them and restrict the chairs from sliding on your wood or tile floors. A shag rug can make a small room inviting while not overwhelming it. A flatweave rug will bring balance to the room by not adding bulk to the floor.

A Small Office

A Small Office

A small office is a busy room. You’ll have a desk, office chair, maybe a side chair for a visitor. There might be bookcases, filing cabinets, a credenza and a little bit of floor space to put piles of books and files on. If your floor is wood, the constant movement of your chair will cause some damage. Try a thin rug to enhance the personality to your small room and protect for your floor.

The best positioning for a rug in a small office room is under the desk and area you use your chair. Get a large rug so chair wheels can’t get caught trying to get back on. Find a rug material that is durable and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. You can also use a large rug to cover a larger portion off the floor in your small-room office. A larger area rug allows you to sit comfortably on the floor and work, as some people often find themselves doing, going through paperwork or planning projects.

While they look great sisal, jute, and other natural fiber rugs tend to need more care. These would be great in other rooms but won’t be the best materials for an office rug. Instead, choose a durable cotton, polyester or wool rug. A print design might make your office too busy so stick with a solid color or muted design.

A Small Room With Colorful Walls

A Small Room With Colorful Walls

Typically, colors can make a small room smaller. If you love your colorful walls or bold print wallpaper, try a light color rug with a low pile. Entering the room, your eyes will be drawn to the walls and the floor space will seem larger. White, cream or light grey would be perfect for rooms with heavy colors on the walls.

Measure the space for your rug and allow for some of your floor to show around the edges making a border, or a frame, between the rug and the colorful walls. You can also accomplish this framed look with a border rug.

Small Rooms With Drastic Lighting

Small Rooms With Drastic Lighting

Some rooms are deprived of natural lighting and ceiling lights may not be bright enough.  Assess where the shadows are the greatest and add lighting. Then, pursue a colorful area rug to brighten the space. Try a round braided rug for a punch of color or, if there is a lot of furniture, add a small but bright-colored rug.

Conversely, a very brightly lit room can handle a lot of color.  With ceiling lighting or large windows offering natural light, it’s fine to choose a rug in a darker color or design. Make the small, bright room feel warm and inviting with a bold floor.

A Small Room With A Low Ceiling

A Small Room With A Low Ceiling

With a low ceiling, your room will no doubt already feel smaller. A bold rug will only enhance the smallness. Sticking with a light-colored rug will brighten the room and make it feel larger. If you like prints, pick something muted.

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