Tips On Using An Area Rug As An Anchor

Melaya from Bali by United Weavers of America

Anchoring a room is an often-used term in interior design. Whether you are a pro or are tackling decorating your own living space as most people do, anchoring or bringing together the different elements of a room to form a cohesive look can be challenging. Even with eclectic decorating where the pieces are seemingly unconnected, using a certain element as a focal point is essential to making the space visually appealing.

An accent rug is an ideal way to interweave the pieces of a room together. Unlike carpeting, adding an area rug to a room allows you to still showcase attractive floors while injecting a visual centerpiece that draws the eye to a particular spot. Of course, this sounds and looks easier than it is. So here are some easy tips on how to use an accent rug to anchor a room in any home.

Define Sections of an Open Space

GEO from Complex by St Croix

Lofts, apartments and great rooms are perfect examples of large, open spaces that need defining. Great rooms are a component of modern homes that combine living, dining and family rooms into one large space. Apartments and lofts have a similar setup where different home functions are occupying a single area. When decorating, you want to designate a particular spot for sitting and eating while making the entire space attractive and practical. Accent rugs are the quintessential piece when defining sections of an open space.

Without an area rug to anchor the varying places of an open space, the furniture will seem like isolated islands. Placing an accent rug underneath the dining table and chairs immediately identify the spot for eating. Adding an area rug to the other areas of the room along with furniture helps to create separate groupings like eating, entertainment or play. Choosing accent rugs styles that complement one another and the accompanying furniture seeks to create a compatible design to the open space that flows.

Bring Together Furniture and an Accent Rug

Melaya from Bali by United Weavers of America

Whether you are decorating an open space or a room, an accent rug is a simple piece that ties together the design. Often times the rug is the final piece, but a room can also be designed with a fabulous rug as the showpiece. Regardless of whether the rug is first or last, the size of the rug is important when anchoring. The accent rug should be arranged for the front legs of each furniture piece to either sit on top or come up right to the edge if using an area rug to define a space.

Another option is to place all the pieces of furniture on the rug like in a dining room. When choosing this option, it is vital to make sure the rug extends past the end of the furniture. For example, a rug under an eating area should extend at least 24 inches because you don’t want the back end of the chairs hanging off the edge of the rug. When using an accent rug underneath a bed, it should extend at least 18 inches for a king or queen bed and 12 for a full or twin. If you are looking to ground a bed with area rugs and prefer smaller ones instead of one large area rug, frame the bed by placing accent rugs on each side and at the foot.

Adding Texture

BOH701A from Bohemian by Safavieh

Using textiles like drapes, curtains and rugs is a simple way to unify a space by tying together the varying elements of a room while also introducing an element of texture. An attractive accent rug unifies a room and becomes a focal point. Natural fiber rugs like jute, sisal or seagrass are a fun way to add texture. Oriental rugs can be a great pick to unite a room because of the varying colors while a softer pile rug like shag, wool or olefin delivers warmth and coziness to a space.


layering rugs Pattern-on-Pattern

Anchoring a space with an accent rug has so many fun possibilities because of the array of noteworthy area rugs that come in all different styles, shapes, and colors. Layering is an interesting way to bring together an indoor space by placing complementing rug designs on top of one another. An arrangement of layered rugs quickly draws the eye, making the rugs the focal point and anchoring the design of the room.

Outdoor Rugs

VB-08 from Venice Beach by Loloi

Of course, area rugs are frequently used indoors to anchor a room or define the sections of an open space, but how about the outside? Accent rugs have fast become a go-to piece for anchoring outdoor spaces like patios, porches and decks. Today’s outdoor rugs come in a wide variety of materials that look smart and stand up well under the demands of Mother Nature. An area rug is an easy way to bring the coziness of the inside outdoors. Great outdoor rug materials include polypropylene, olefin, polyester, and jute. Follow the same tips for defining an indoor space outside!

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