If you are a person with a “do-what-you-want-because-there-are-no-rules-for-rug-placement” conviction, let us face it, a shoddy rug placement will look like you are skipping a part of a story that you don’t want to tell! Here are some first-hand-experience tips to help you make an informed decision as to how exactly that ideal rug in your mind should be seated in your home; gracefully or shabbily.
1. Isolating Your Rug
One of the favourite rug debates - the furniture legs on the rug or off the rug. Sure enough there is no hard and fast rule in this regard; just that large rugs covering most of the room with all the furniture sitting on them is a delicious sight. It gives a feeling that you did not skimp on getting an appropriate rug that is in line with the scale, proportion and harmony of your room. A rug that's too small is worse than no rug at all; this gives way to make a room look cheap.
2. Covering Beauty
It sure does enhance the luxury feel if your feet can get to experience rugs everywhere. Covering the pathways made of vinyl is justified but covering that beautiful hardwood pathway flooring is a crime for sure! Instead, consider adding a continuous narrow runner to flaunt your hardwood flooring in conjunction with enjoying all the comforts rugs have to offer.
3. Similar-Sized Rugs Together
It might feel like you are creating a beautiful layered look by using two rugs of the same size; but in reality, using two similar-sized rugs in the same place will slice your room into half its original size making your room look visually smaller. Always consider layers with two different sizes; colours and patterns could be similar but never the size. If you still end up with two similar-sized rugs for your home décor, you can still create a sophisticated look by placing one rug diagonal to the other - to create a visual size imbalance!
4. Area Rug On Carpet
If you have moved into a house with nothing but an entire rugby pitch length of brown carpeting, you obviously want to add colorful area rugs to break the vast brown sea. Rugs on carpets can end up looking like an excess of goodness or look too tacky if you don’t add a faint distraction to the rug lying on your carpet. Use rugs diagonally to make an abstract pattern on the carpet and set-up an element of focal point like a piano, a grandfather’s clock or even an antique table instead of your usual furniture; your furniture look just perfect even on the carpet.
5. Disregarding A Rug Pad
A common mistake while placing a rug is not using the right pad considering your floor type or worst still, not using a rug pad at all. A rug pad has multi-faceted utility; for your feet, flooring and your carpet. Pads add on to the cushiony softness rugs have to offer, they provide protection to your flooring by avoiding rug dye transfer and best of all, pads increase the durability of your rugs; without a rug pad, the fine fibers in your rug get crushed between your feet and the hard flooring beneath. Needless to say, rug pads prevent slipping.
6. Floor Break-Up
Using large area rugs for floor break-up in the common areas like the living room, dining room, hallway and kitchen will hide a way lot of your beautiful flooring. Instead, the idea of using large area rugs just for the two main common areas of your room, the living and dining areas, will reveal just the right amount of your floor in these two high-traffic areas of your home.
7. Erratic Hues In Open Floor Plan
Do area rugs have to be within a single color palette when using them to define space in an open concept room? Absolutely yes or your interiors end up looking like a cluster of colorful circus tents! The rugs don't have to be similar, but staying within one single color scheme will make your home more congruous. Further, haywire rug colours will create an unanchored feel to an open floor plan. Go with varied patterns and sizes but stick to one colour scheme instead of contrasting colours.
8. Large Space & Orderliness
When working with large spaces, disregard the orderly manner of decorating with rugs. A simple change in the pattern of placing a rug will enhance the element of style to your room and keep your space fuller. In a large space, placing an angular rug the traditional way will keep most of your area bare; consider placing your rug diagonally - this will occupy more of your space and also flaunts your tasteful approach in interior décor.
9. Too Close?
Enjoying the natural glow of fire while treating your feet to the ultimate softness of your rug - a relishing sight for sure. But how feasible is it to render your favourite rug to the embers shot from the fireplace? Synthetic rugs catch fire very fast while wool rugs get charred. Placing rugs too close to a fireplace that has no fire screen could prove to be a pricey loss; personal safety is at peril which is a known risk. An open fireplace should never have rugs or anything flammable in the close vicinity.
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