Decorating guide for using area rugs in your home
One of the most overlooked accessories for interiors is the area rug. Many homes have them, but they often do very little to enhance the space and increase its aesthetic appeal.Area rugs can be used over wood floors, tile, laminate, and just about any other surface, including wall-to-wall carpeting. They are smashing accessories in entryways, warmly welcoming visitors as they enter.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck, use area rugs strategically to add intrigue to your home.
What an area rug can do for your space
- Area rugs help to define a space, they tend to ‘anchor’ the zone by establishing parameters of a seating group or a particular area.
- They help create harmony and serve to pull all of the elements in that space together.
- Area rugs are a fantastic way to add texture to a room. This is important particularly if there are a lot of smooth surfaces and fabrics. A heavy texture can bring needed balance.
- Use area rugs for a burst of colour or a pop of pattern. Even small rugs can do the trick.
The smaller the rug, the bolder you can get with pattern or colour. Go wild for a change! Animal print rugs act as neutrals and still give you a fantastic design edge.
Styles and patterns
Area rugs are akin to artwork for your floors. They come in an endless array of patterns, styles and shapes, with options to match any decor. Buying an area rug should be based, in part, on gut instinct. Keep an open mind and you’ll be sure to find an area rug that’s both attractive and practical.
Rugs that feature florals or an abstract blending of colours can be both classic and formal
For modern spaces, choose a sharp geometric pattern, or rugs with a clear contrast of colours
Sizes and placement of your area rugs
Your area rug should be proportionate to your floor space in order to provide a stylish accent, group together pieces of furniture, and add comfort and warmth to the floor. Furniture should lie on top of the area rug, helping to visually define your living space, with a two-foot border of bare floor around the room to help anchor the setting. Use the following diagrams as an example.
In family or living rooms
- Mid-size rugs are most commonly found in 5′ x 8′ or 6′ x 9′ sizes. These are ideal for general decorating purposes in dens, living rooms and family rooms.
- To cover larger rooms, look for rugs that are 8′ x 11′, 9′ x 12′, 10′ x 13′ or bigger.
- The general rule for the MINIMUM size is: The front legs of every upholstered piece should rest upon the edge of the rug, as in the example below…
Having fun with the angle
And there is nothing wrong with using a more subdued, neutral area rug.
Whether your space is formal or modern, there is a rug that will clearly support your look. Nothing sets a style quite like an area rug. And nothing ‘anchors’ the space or defines it as well!