The area rug is a great accessory to your home. It is one of my favorite ways to add color, texture, interest and character to any space.
Beautiful hardwoods, vinyl planking, tile and laminates tend to be the favored flooring options in homes of now. They look beautiful and are a cinch to keep clean, but best of all, they provide the perfect opportunity for us to incorporate the warmth and functionality of a great area rug.
When I talk with customers about finishing off their project I always ask what “feel” they are hoping to achieve in their space. This helps to give me a good grasp on the end result they are trying to achieve. Area rugs play a big part in the end result of many homes I do. In addition to aesthetic contributions area rugs also play a huge functional part in your home by helping to define spaces, to absorbing sound and helping to control the noise levels. In achieving the desired look, feel and mood or your home, they provide an important piece to the puzzle!
I could go on and on about the role area rugs play – and maybe I will in another blog, but for today, I have been asked by one of my followers for tips on area rug placement… thanks Elsa! So here it goes!
This is my opinion… There is no handbook on the rules and regulations on area rug placement. There is no government publication stating that the sofa must overlap the area rug by exactly 1/5th of the structure’s width, divided by the blah, blah, blah…. As with most topics decor and fashion related, it is merely a makeup of the trends of the time as determined by what us artsy fashion types think look good! HaHa! I hope I don’t offend the decorators and designers out there! You know it’s true;).
When you are doing your living room space, you want to make sure your rug encompasses the center of the main area. So you want it to tuck under your sofa, chair etc and try to centralize the room. Buying the proper size for your space is at least half of the rug placement battle! You want to make sure that the rug is big enough because a rug that is too small will make even a large room appear smaller.
Throw caution to the wind and go with the largest of the sizes that you have space for. Be sure it will nicely tuck underneath the main furniture pieces in the space. Trust me and go a bit larger than you feel comfortable with! You know what they say… do something every day that scares you! Hope this helps!
Have some fun and enjoy the beautiful new designs that the rug companies have to offer! A rug serves many functions but let’s face it – it is art that that you can put on the floor and walk on!
Til next time, it’s That Girl Shannon saying, “Size does matter! A larger rug creates the illusion of a larger space, so go big!”