In a home with an open floor plan where one area merges into another, a rug is a fantastic way to separate the rooms by purpose, to add comfort, and to add color. Because the rug anchors the room, you will want to purchase the right size and meet your family’s needs. To learn more about selecting the correct rug material and size, check out How to Buy the Right Rug.
Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:
- Get the right sized rug. Because a rug creates a conversation area, you won’t want to use a 5’x7’ rug in a room that is 16’x18’ as that would be too small. For example, in a living room, you want the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) to all be on the carpet. For sizing tips, click here.
- Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
- What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. If you already have a fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
- If you have older furniture and want to modernize the look, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories and decorative elements.
- Want to create a conversation area on your deck or patio, a rug will accomplish this and add a fresh look to an old deck or old furniture.
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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Leslie Harris-Keane Interior Design.