Rugs can add a unique or colorful accent to a plain room. Even if you have the best of the best where furniture is concerned, the floor can look very bare without an area rug to accent your room. You can create a warm and inviting room just by choosing the right area rug.
Furthermore, an area rug can be used in any room of the home. The dining room, living room, bedrooms, and even outdoors on the patio. Within the home, the rug protects the floor and adds a great accent feature.
Outside the home, on the patio, a rectangular outdoor rug can create a homey, warm atmosphere and make going barefoot on a concrete or wood deck more comfortable.
Every rug features different colors, designs, and materials. All of these elements come together to form a beautiful area rug that accents your room.
The color you choose for your area rug should depend largely on the colors of the furniture, walls, and any decor in the room. For instance, if the walls and furniture are neutral tones, consider adding an area rug that has a splash of color. Earth tones, like greens, blues, tans, or a rectangular grey rug, often go very well with neutral wall tones without being too wild.
There are limitless design options to choose from when it comes to area rugs. Even if you stick to neutral tones in your rug, the design can still be a beautiful embellishment of your overall room design.
Geometric rug designs are great choices for rooms that have a more modern flair. On the other hand, if you have gone with a mid-century or antique-style room design, then an oriental-style rug might be more desirable. Although floral patterns are not overly popular, they look nice when they accent wood furniture like a coffee table or dining room table. Have fun with designing your room, and don’t let the pressure of choosing the right rug weigh you down!
Material matters. Why? Because the type of material affects the durability of the area rug. Other considerations include whether or not anyone in your home suffers from allergies. If so, then choosing a rug made from a hypoallergenic material, like wool or polypropylene, is the best option.
On the other hand, if allergies are not a concern, there are countless materials you can choose from. It is important to keep in mind that the more soft and fluffy the material, the harder it will be to clean. Wool, silk, cotton, and synthetics are just a few common materials from which area rugs are made.
Unlike the variety of designs, colors, and materials you will find in area rugs, shapes are fairly limited. Most rugs will be circular, rectangular, or square.
Having large rectangular rugs in your room gives you more flexibility when it comes to furniture arrangement. You can tuck the rug underneath the furniture, with the excess exposed, or you can have a space between the two pieces.
Square and circular area rugs are better suited for smaller spaces, like a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room where the furniture and appliances are small and remain stationary.
No matter what room you are choosing an area rug for, don't put yourself under too much pressure to find the perfect one. Trust your design style and instincts. Ultimately, what matters is that you are satisfied with how the rug makes your home feel even homier. Whether you select a rug to brighten up a room or complement the neutral tones of the walls, your home will feel cozier than ever with an area rug at the center of the room.
To learn more about different rug shapes, read LuxeDecor's Rug Buying Guide.