Add a modern area rug to a room that lacks excitement, and problem solved. While that alone is a good enough reason to decorate with a rug, there are many others good reasons as well. It completes a room by tying all the different design pieces together visually. A rug can also anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room’s decor.
Here are a few ideas on how to decorate with area rugs:
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.
You can use rugs to create variety in a space. When you use two area rugs in a room, be mindful that sometimes rugs the same size can visually cut the room in two. Instead consider different sized area rugs to create visual divisions and variety.
When using more than one rug, use area rugs that complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many patterns in a room can create a disconnect and ruin the sense of decorative harmony.
Get Ideas for a Color Scheme
Start with a favorite rug as the basis of your rooms color scheme. Or, if you add a beautiful area rug after your furniture is in place, use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colors.
Control the Volume
Area rugs can 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 colors to add more interest to the room.
Create a Focal Point
Area rugs are great when used as a focal point and can make a huge impact. Create contrast by painting your walls a hue that echoes one of your rug’s accent colors.
Try Different Shapes
Not all area rugs need to be rectangular in shape. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug, then select either a square, round or oval shape to complement your furniture arrangement.
Update a Room
Area rugs can easily be changed out along with pillows to update a room for changing seasons, or as a way to introduce new color trends.
TIP: As a safety measure and to preserve your area rug, 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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Excerpts taken from The Spruce.com https://www.thespruce.com/tips-for-decorating-with-rugs-1391114