Decorating with area rugs


Using area rugs as part of your home’s decor can be a great and inexpensive way to add texture, colour, and warmth to any room.

Area rugs can help to define and separate different areas in a room.  This is especially useful in large open-concept rooms that are used for multi purposes, such as living and dining spaces.

Area rugs can also make a huge impact by tying different furniture pieces together, or when using a variety of shapes.  They can be a great jumping-off point when choosing the colour scheme for the room or to update a room for the changing seasons or the latest colour trends.

When deciding on a rug for your space, size really does matter.  Here are a few tips to help you choose the right sized rug for each space and it’s use:

  1. It’s important to measure the space and consider any constraints, such as door openings.
  2. Leave between 18”- 36” of bare floor around the rug. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room seem larger, while still bringing the room together.
  3. For dining areas, make sure you have at least 24” of rug around all sides of the table. This will enable the back legs of the chairs to remain on the rug, even when being pulled out for someone to sit.
  4. Use a liner. This will keep the rug from slipping and creeping at the edges.

Decorating a room with area rugs can be a lot of fun.  It’s a great way to really show off your creativity and makes any room’s decor feel complete!


Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium

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