Looking for a design project as we stay indoors during colder autumn and winter months? A room that lacks excitement can be easily spruced up with some fancy rugs or carpets. While that alone is a good enough reason to decorate with a rug, there are many others just as compelling. You might even say it completes a room by tying all the different pieces together visually. A rug can anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room’s decor.
There are several different ways to decorate with a rug, but we will start with ten of them:
Use a hallway carpet to add warmth to hard floors
Timber floors are lovely but they can be quite cold on the feet in winter. Jazz up your hallway with a colourful hallway runner.
Measure the dimensions of your hallway. Don’t forget to include any doors or existing furniture.
The density of the weave depends on the type of flooring you have. Many homes open directly onto a hallway, so it’s important this area sets the mood. If the architecture is formal, perhaps a runner with a traditional design will work. If it’s more contemporary, you could go for something bolder.
Use Rugs to Define Areas
Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas, and foyers. This is especially useful in apartments or larger rooms that need definition. For a creative flair, try combining different rugs to create different spaces in a large room.
You can use rugs to create variety in a space. When you use two rugs in a room, be aware that same sized rugs can visually cut the room in two. Use different sized rugs to create a sense of variety. Combine different shapes like circular with squares and rectangles to create eye-catching showstoppers.
To keep to your design theme, match a colour of the rug with a piece of furniture or the curtains in the room. You can also buy scatter cushions to pick up primary colours of your rug.
When using more than one rug, it’s better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many “warring” patterns in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.
Keep to a theme of colours. Use a colour wheel if you want to pick up opposite colours that matches.
Get Ideas for a Colour Scheme
Use a favourite rug as the basis of the colour scheme in a room. On the other hand, if you add it after you have your furniture in place, you can use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colours. Try matching colours with a piece of furniture, a decorative item (for example a large vase), the couch, a colour feature in the walls or drapes.
Control the Volume
Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper has an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern or bolder colours to add more interest to the room.
Create a Focal Point
Use a rug as the focal point of the room or space you are decorating. Rugs can make a huge impact. To do that you can create contrast by painting your walls a hue that echoes one of your rug’s main colours.
Dress Up a Wall
Use a rug as a wall hanging for another way to display a rug, or to create a focal point. A colourful rug with an intricate design can look like a tapestry if hung against a neutral coloured wall.
Play Around With Shapes
Don’t assume that a rug has to be a rectangle. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. Try figuring out which shape would look best, and then go with a square, round or oval shape if that seems to complement your furniture arrangement better than a rectangular one.
Make Sure to Get the Right Size
When you buy a room size rug, subtract 1 metre from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room look a little larger. When laying a rug under the dining table leave at least 60 cm of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. Runners should be 10 cm narrower than your hallway and 45 to 60 cm shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.
Update a Room
Change out rugs and pillows to update a room for changing seasons, or as a way to introduce new colour trends.
Rugs are a brilliant way to convert a spare bedroom into a nursery for new baby. Buy colourful rugs in cute prints to transform the room into a nursery. Rugs are also a great idea to change the design theme of a bedroom as your child becomes older. They are inexpensive and can be age appropriate design. When using rugs in bedrooms, be creative with both design, colour and size and shape of rugs. Round rugs make the room larger. Square pieces are ideal for separating spaces for example the play area from the study desk.
Additional design tips
Always use a liner to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. The rug liner should be appropriate for your floor type, and also be the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding.
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