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When designing a space in or outside of your home, there are few items as quintessential as an area rug. Aside from the utility of adding cushion and warmth to the floor of the living space, a well-chosen area rug brings texture and a sense of definition all on its own. Whether you’re starting fresh with an empty room, or you’re playing with preexisting décor, we’ll help you pick the perfect area rug with these helpful tips.
1) Measure, Measure, Measure!
The first step in finding the right area rug is having a solid understanding of the space it’s going in. Grab that handy measuring tape of yours and measure the space. Next, you’ll want to choose the best sized area rug given the parameters of the room. If it’s a living room, a good rule of thumb is to make sure that at minimum, the front legs of all of the furniture pieces in the room sit on the rug. If you’re on the hunt for an area rug for the dining room, make sure the entire dining room table will fit on it, and that there’s enough room for chairs to be pulled away and still be on the rug. You can choose a round rug to match a round dining table, or contrast against it with a rectangular rug. The sky’s the limit here, and the ultimate choice is one based in your own imagination and taste.
Still not sure what size you need? Try using blue painter’s tape to outline where the rug will go on the floor. That will help you visualize how big your rug needs to be, as well as the best possible placement for it.
2) Which Style is MY Style?
This is where a lot of area rug shoppers begin to get skittish, but you really don’t need to worry. Following a handful of basic design guidelines makes this part of the process far easier than you’d think. For example, if most of your furniture is patterned, choose a solid colored area rug. Conversely, if most of your seating is of a solid color, you might want to go with a patterned rug. Is your room dark? Maybe go with a lighter area rug. Is the room saturated with daylight? You’re probably safe to choose a darker color.
If you’re going with a patterned rug, try to make the secondary color match your solid colored seating, and the tertiary color to match vases, curtains, throw pillows, or other areas of interest in that room. For solid color area rugs, make sure it compliments your seating color, and matches other décor, such as end tables, lampshades, or hanging artwork.
3) Runners, Just for Funners.
If you’re working with a narrow space like a hallway, or a heavily trafficked space like an entryway or in front of the kitchen sink, a runner is perfect in these spaces. They protect your flooring, help to guide the eye and bring color and warmth to an otherwise empty space, and in the case of kitchen and bathroom applications, can add traction to a frequently slippery area. When choosing a runner, it is important to make sure it’s durable, as well as easily laundered. Both synthetic blends and wool are great choices here.
4) Rules are Meant to be Broken!
As with any style guidelines, they are just that – guidelines; a practical, arbitrary, universal set of rules to aid you on your way. Ultimately, the choices you make for your area rugs can hinge on an infinite number of variables, tastes, applications, constrictions, locations, and availabilities. The most important thing to remember is to have fun with the area rug selection process. Feel free to be playful with your rug choices, and to experiment in ways that might seem to go against the laws of design as outlined here. Enjoy what you’re doing, and you’re sure to pick out the perfect area rugs for your special spaces at home.
For more area rug inspiration, visit us over at our website and browse some of our completed interior design projects. For more information about how EH Design can help transform your home, feel free to contact us here. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
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What used to be our Saturday Saves is now ou Sunday Scroll where we’ll be sharing with you our favorite images and/or accounts from the week past. There is so much talent out there in this beautiful world, that we felt it only made sense to share it with you all!
We’ll share what stopped our scroll on Instagram and share these amazing accounts and talent with you right here, on Instagram, and also on Pinterest! So come with us on a lovely Sunday Scroll and get inspired, stay inspired, and get doing, to improve our homes, thus improving our lives!
- 2 things here: 1) Black Lives Matter; 2) we love books
- We have been on the lookout for great DIY accounts because we are ramping up to do some DIY of our own in our new home and came across Within the Grove and they’re fantastic.
- One Arch that leads to the next that leads to a stunning arched door…does it get any better than that?
- Talk about wanting to actually be in your laundry room! Everything down to the smart design of the half-moon footstool. It just makes sense!
- I have always wanted to do a tub in a shower and Breegan Jane knocked this out of the park
- Built-ins, sconces, beautiful wall, and books oh my!
If you don’t follow us already on Pinterest, check us out! There is loads of inspiration there.
Not only do we love to share our own designs with you, but we also love to share the beautiful work of others.
Looking for even more inspiration? Check out weeks past to find more Saturday Saves:
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