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General Guidelines for Decorating with Area Rugs

Changing the feel of an entire room could be done by just adding the right Area Rug to it. You might even say that an Area Rug serves to visually focus a room by tying all the different pieces together.

We are here to present some tips for you, if you decide to decorate your lovely home using Area Rugs

  1. Create Definition of Space: Use an Area Rug to define the line of separation between areas. This line of separation could be between a seating area or the dining area etc. This concept can be just as useful in a large room where a lack of definition will cause nothing to be in focus, or in a small apartment that will look too cramped without any clear definition.

2.    Create a Sense of Harmony: An Area Rug can be a useful tool to complement the entire style of the room. Keep in mind that the visual impact of the Area Rug is a natural forerunner for the style of rest of the room’s decor. For example, a muted color Area Rug in the room with muted colored wall decorations will serve to reflect a unified, harmonized visual feel for the entire room.

Following this concept, you can use a favorite Area Rug as the basis of the room’s color scheme. On the other hand, if you added the Area Rug after you have your furniture and wallpaper in place, you can use the rug to complement or tie in your room’s existing colors.

3.    Create a Focal Point: A simple definition of focal point is that it is the “thing” your eyes naturally land on when entering a room, such as the fireplace, artwork, or wallpaper. Remember your room’s Area Rug is the natural focal point in the room, because it is typically one of the first things your eyes will naturally focus on when entering the room.

Keep in mind that a typical focal point will face the main entrance for your room. Another point to keep in mind is that an area’s focal point usually dictates furniture placement. Even though a room can have more than one focal point, such as a fireplace or elaborate windows, your Area Rug is still the room’s most impactful focal point.

4.    Make Sure to Get the Right Size: When purchasing an Area Rug, follow some simple rules. For a general Area Rug, measure the size of the room— your Area Rug should be the size of the room, minus 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Doing this will leave the floor bare at the edges and make the room look a little larger.

When picking an Area Rug to be placed under the dining table, leave at least 24 inches of the rug from the edge of the table, out on all sides. Doing this will enable the legs of the chairs to stay on the rug when they are pulled out for sitting. The legs of the chairs need to be on the Area Rug, to avoid unbalance, entanglement, or general discomfort to anyone trying to sit at the dining table.

Area Rugs serving as runners should be 4 inches narrower than the hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. If your hallway is too narrow, you can adjust this rule, but make sure the runners are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.

5.    Play Around With Shapes: Do not assume that all Area Rugs are rectangular. Today’s market is filled with square, circular, oval, and various other shapes of Area Rugs. With non-rectangular Area Rugs, let the furniture placement be based upon the shape of the Area Rug you place in the room. Before purchasing the Area Rug, try figuring out which shape would look best with furniture placement you have in mind.

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