Tips for Decorating With Rugs

While color plays an essential part, shape can also have a profound influence. For instance, darker tones make objects and spaces appear smaller while lighter ones create the opposite impression.

Consider these tips when purchasing and placing your modern area rug.

1. Choose a Color Palette

When choosing the ideal rug for your space, it is crucial to take note of its color palette. The rug’s hue should either contrast or complement the colors in your furniture and architecture for an overall cohesive appearance. Darker hues tend to create cozier rooms while lighter tones create the illusion of more space in smaller areas. Using pattern rugs could add further unification; consider pairing throw blankets or wall art featuring similar motifs to further tie your room together.

Start by compiling a list of all major furniture pieces and large decor items that already occupy your room to identify which colors exist within it, thus narrowing your palette and simplifying your selection process. Certain shades can even create different atmospheres – such as warm red and orange tones which evoke comfort or warm blue/green tones which promote relaxation/peace.

2. Think About the Shape of the Room

One of the key considerations when decorating with rugs is room shape. Your rug serves as an anchor to support seating areas (or, in bedrooms, the main furniture grouping). Therefore it is vital that you select one that fits properly within its surroundings.

Make sure the rug stretches at least 6″ beyond the arms of your sofa if possible; anything less would look disproportionate and unintentionally awkward.

Lastly, if your room is square or rectangular in shape, be sure to choose a rug in that same shape to create an aesthetic balance and draw out its architectural features. Experiment with different shapes if you feel adventurous!

3. Consider the Function of the Rug

As with any decorating element, selecting a rug that reflects your own individual sense of style is key to selecting one that truly complements a room’s overall atmosphere and atmosphere. Don’t force a rug that doesn’t reflect who you are into the space or else it could leave something out.

Rugs can help create an overall cohesive aesthetic in a room. No matter your decor style – bohemian or minimalist – there’s bound to be an oversized rug available that complements perfectly.

Rugs provide warmth and soften hard surfaces such as wood or tile flooring that may feel cold to the touch, creating the feeling that rooms are cavernous. In addition, rugs make great seating area dividers or can help emphasize focal points within a room – especially large rugs which serve to visually link pieces of furniture in a room together.

4. Don’t Overdo It

Rugs can add the perfect pop of color and coziness to a room, but it is important not to go overboard. Too many rugs can make the space appear overcrowded and disorganized; similarly, bright or busy patterns could compete with existing hues in the room and take away from its effect.

One common misstep people often make is not selecting an adequate rug size for their space. A rug that is too small will make your furniture appear cramped, while also distracting attention away from other design features in the room.

As a rule of thumb, when placing a rug in your room it should ideally line up with the longest piece of furniture (such as a sofa or sectional). This allows it to fully integrate and look proportionate with its surroundings and will help make sure at least 6″ of rug is visible either side of this long piece of furniture.