3 Things to Consider When Picking The Perfect Area Rug For Your House
Decorating your home can be an incredibly fun time. The ability to maneuver, place and shift things around to create the perfect feel and vibe is what makes owning a home so enjoyable. You have full control on how things look!
That said, in this post we are going to talk about area rugs. Picking an area rug might seem simple, but there's more to it then what meets the eye.
Area rugs can have a huge impact on how a room looks. If you pick the wrong area rug your room may never have the finished look you want, things might look off, and you're causing more harm than good. On the flip side, if you pick the right area rug, it can bring everything together and add the final beautiful, inspiring finish you are looking for. With that in mind, there are three things you need to consider when purchasing an area rug in order to find the perfect fit.
Let's discuss how these three factors can impact the way your area rug looks in your room.
Picking The Right Colour
To keep things simple, let’s cover some main points that you may want to follow when choosing the colour for your area rug.
If your room already has a bunch of patterns and colours, having a single coloured area rug might be your best option to smooth things out. If you use a multicolored area rug, this might cause an over-done(too much going on) feel in the room.
If you want an area rug with multiple colors and patterns, it might be easier to purchase an area rug first and then reverse engineer the decor and furniture to match up with the area rug.
Aside from the two points mentioned above, the area rug is typically one of the largest objects in the room. Knowing this, you should always take into consideration and be aware of the tones and patterns of your walls, floors, and any decor/furniture. On that note, don't be too conservative with colour matching, sometimes the most beautiful area rugs are the ones that create contrast in the room. This is up to you to find out.
Picking The Right Texture
Texture is an overlooked aspect, but the following points below are why texture can have an enormous impact on how your area rug makes your room look and feel.
Area rugs are used in many different locations, this is exactly why you must consider what texture is going to work best for each specific room in your house.
For example, using an area rug under the main dining table is a very common practise. The last texture you would want to use in this area is a soft, long threaded, hard to clean rug. In this case you will want an area rug that has a hard surface and an easier to maintain fabric.
The texture should always change depending on the location of the house.
The next thing you will want to consider is the atmosphere and vibe you are trying to bring to a room. Having a soft texture area rug is going to bring a nice comfy and cozy feeling. This works great for living rooms and bedroom where individuals want to relax.
On the contrast, having a hard surfaced area rug might work better for rooms that require a more serious presence. A great example of this is an office.
Just remember, when choosing an area rug for your room always consider what type of atmosphere you are trying to create.
Picking The Right Size
Last but not least, we have size. Below are some simple rules that you should follow when buying an area rug.
Ideally, in the living room all the furniture should be placed on the area rug. If this is not possible, having just the front legs on the area rug is the second best option. The idea behind this is that you want your feet on the rug at all times when seated.
In the dining room you will want the area rug to cover enough space that you can pull the dining room chairs back and still have them sitting on the rug.
If you want to learn more about area rug “rules” we have a more in depth post that you can check out here.
As you can see, picking an area rug is an art. It requires more thought process than you might think, but if done right it can really bring a room to life.