Decorating with Rugs

The right oriental rug may be the perfect solution for a room that lacks excitement or needs an anchor for a furniture setting.  Decorating with rugs, while not always easy, can be simplified if you go into the process knowing a few tips.  Here are a few ideas from our on-staff interior designers to help make decorating with rugs a little easier.  (If only choosing a rug was as easy as swiping a tablet like in our commercial!)

Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas, and foyers. This can be useful in smaller confined spaces, or larger rooms that need definition.  Consider and oriental rug as an anchor to a furniture setting and not something to cover the entire floor.

If you use more than one rug in a room, try to use rugs that are not the same size. Same sized rugs can make a room look smaller and too much repetition can be boring visually.

When using more than one rug, it’s better when the rugs complement each other in style.  While you can find perfectly matching rugs, this can limit your ability to create a pleasant, inviting space.  Too many similar patterns or motifs in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.

Use a favorite rug as the basis of the color scheme in a room.  If you have the luxury of decorating from the floor up, this may make your selection of colors and fabrics much easier.  Your selection of oriental rugs will be much more limited, while the number of fabrics and paint colors are endless.

Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper have an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern to add more interest to the room.

Use a rug as the focal point of your room, as 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 accent colors.

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 what shape would look best, and then go with a square, round or oval shape if that seems like the better option than a rectangular one.

When you buy a room size rug, subtract 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes it look a little larger. Also, when laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 24″ of 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 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.

Change out rugs and pillows to update a room for changing seasons, or as a way to introduce new color trends.

If you have questions about decorating with rugs, you can always contact our staff or visit our showroom.  You also see our entire inventory on our website at  Thank you to all of our awesome customers!

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