As any homeowner knows, decorating each room of a house or apartment can be a stressful, complex, and multi-layered task. Room décor is more than the furniture inside it; it’s an entire masterpiece of presentation that includes everything from the paintings on the wall, to the rugs on the ground and the decorative accessories throughout. That’s why it can be so hard to choose the right rug for any given room in your home. Where do you begin?
We’re going to provide you with our checklist of 5 things to consider when choosing the right rug for a room today:
Room Size: The first thing to consider is the space you are working with. If you are dealing with a small room, then multiple rugs are not going to work. If you are dealing with a large room, then layering is an option. Generally, opt for one singular rug that fits at least under the sofa or centerpiece of furniture as shown below with a Loloi Anastasia rug. For smaller spaces, the placement of one larger rug can actually make the room look larger, while area rugs can also be used in larger spaces to break up “empty space” and make a home feel cozier.
- Room Type: Generally, rooms like kitchens are not appropriate for rugs. Rugs are more suited for living rooms, hangout spots, bedrooms and hallways. Depending upon the size of the rooms, bedrooms are a great place for smaller to medium sized area rugs, whereas large living rooms can be brought together with a single, massive rug laid right in the middle. Runner rugs are designed for hallways or walkways in your home and are typically about 2'6" wide and available in various lengths.
- Furniture Contents: The furniture pieces you have in each room will help dictate the rug shape you should be considering. For example, a squared off, classic bed frame would look odd paired with a circular rug half under it. Instead, work with your furniture. If you have rounded off edged furniture in your living room or a circular dining room table, then a round rug might help the overall design pop.
- Decorative Style: Don't forget about the overall style of the room either, as antique tapestry-style rugs probably won't make sense in a modernly decorated Manhattan apartment. An area rug with a simple geometric pattern or solid color will usually look best in a modern styled home. If you are looking for a rug for a mountain cabin, with wooden floors and a stone fireplace, that is decorated in a rustic or country style, you may want to consider a faux animal print rug to help the overall design pop.
Color Coordination: Now that you have room style, size, and furniture contents in mind, it’s time to think about color. Rugs can be used in one of two ways: they can be used as the central focus of a room that is otherwise monotone in color; or they can be used to simply liven up a space and make it warmer/more inviting. If your space is already decked out in décor and colors, pick a neutral area rug that is not obvious in design. If your space, however, is rather bland with one or two colors and a minimalist style, consider a loud, bright and multi-colored rug that adds some flair to the space as shown below with this Loloi hallway runner rug.
It may seem like a lot goes into this process, but don’t let it stress you out – rug shopping and selection can be an incredibly fun process. Get started with these rug décor tips today.