A rug can transform the look of any room, but it is also one of the most difficult pieces to pick out. Whether you are decorating a living room, family room or bedroom, there are certain tricks of the trade that designers use to make the rug the main show piece that also ties the room together. How do they do it? We share with you advice from top interior designers from around the country that specialize in choosing rugs.
Although smaller rugs are typically more affordable, a rug that is too small for a room doesn’t enhance it, but makes it look drab. When a small rug is placed in a room, it can actually make the room look even smaller than it is.
“You need your rug to set boundaries, and ground your furniture,” says interior designer Danielle Oakey in an article. “In a living room, your rug defines the conversation area, and it should be large enough so at least the front legs of the furniture are on it.”
A rug should always accentuate a room and its furniture, so the space is clearly defined. “In the bedroom, you want to feel the rug on your feet when you get out of bed,” says interior designer Amber Lewis. “I like two feet to extend beyond the bed on each side.”
Good Housekeeping‘s Home Design Director Sarah Richardson shares this sentiment, noting, “ideally, the rug’s edges should be 12 to 14 inches from the room’s perimeter.” If your room is long and narrow, and you’re looking for an affordable option, consider laying two rugs side by side, and connecting them with a strong carpet tape from a hardware store.”
It can be difficult to choose the right rug pattern for your room, which is why some shoppers give up and choose one solid color, which ends up looking like carpet. You also want to avoid trying to match the rug to your furniture, drapes, artwork and pillows. That’s why we recommend deciding on a rug first, then accentuating its pattern or colors with accent pieces.
Once you choose the rug, you can decorate around it, choosing the right furniture and accent pieces to match. We recommend the Amina Modern Moroccan Trellis Pattern Rug in black and white, which would be easy to add one or two more colors in silver, gold and blue tones.
You can also choose a lighter look with the Darius Distressed Persian Style Rug in light blue, accenting with yellow and cream colors.
Most people don’t consider the fact that rugs are made from different textures, and that also plays a role in how the room looks. The key is balance between texture and elements, complementing the overall look and feel. “Let the finishes of your existing furniture guide you, and aim for contrast,” an expert suggests. “With seating in a soft fabric like velvet, something smooth and hard like a sisal might be the answer, while a sleek leather sofa looks great on something with a longer, fluffier pile.”
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