WHY AND HOW TO DECORATE WITH ROUND AREA RUGS
We all know the basics of using rugs not only for specific functions but for decor as well. Interestingly enough most of the emphasis is put on color as opposed to style or shape even if there is some room for flexibility. Most often, the possibility of using a round rug is not really considered. In the recent past though round rugs are starting to take their rightful position in the home fashion decor.
Once you have tried a round rug you are no doubt going to be very pleased with the new look it brings to the area of use. Now of course it takes a certain amount of space to be able to utilize a round rug properly. It doesn’t do them justice to try and squeeze them into a small area. You need to be able to lay the round rug out so it lays perfectly flat and round, the way it was designed to.
Another fallacy is that people don’t realize that a round rug will work in just about any shape room. It can be a square or rectangular or even a round room such as a foyer for example.
The pattern and material that your round rug is made of will also have to be something that you factor in. As an example, let’s assume that your room isn’t all that big, but it will accommodate a round rug quite nicely. You don’t want a glaring bold colored round rug that is going to be overbearing. If you had a large room and were going to use a medium sized round rug then yes you could go that route.
There are two effects you can get with a round rug. First, you can use it on a bare floor where you will get one type of look, and then you can use it as an overlay on an existing carpet. I personally find that unless you have a big floor area a round rug is far more impressive as an overlay. Now this brings you to another choice. If you are going to use the round rug as an overlay, you have to consider the carpet it is going to be laid on. If that carpet is a solid color then you can choose any pattern that will fit in with the scheme of your room. If on the other hand the carpet is a pattern or multicolor then you would be better to stick with a solid color round rug, otherwise the patterns and colors may clash.
You can also get some spectacular effects with the round rug if you use then to set up the illusion of a room within a room. Let’s say you have a large living room with a fireplace. Then by placing a round rug in front of the fireplace with some cozy chairs beside it you have created a room within a room. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can take one corner of the room put an easy chair, small side table and lamp. Then place a small round rug in front of the chair. Again, you have created the illusion of a room within a room.
The material you choose for your round rug is going to depend on a few factors. If you are using it as an overlay and your carpet is a low pile then you may want to consider a high pile round rug to give some contrast. If the carpet is a high pile then you should stick with a high pile round carpet as well. In this particular case, a low pile would look like the round carpet didn’t belong or was part of the decor.
The possibilities of using a round rug to really enhance your decor are almost endless. In a dining room, a large round rug with a smaller round dining room table on it looks magnificent. Make sure the chairs sit comfortably on the rug as well.
In the bathroom, as soon as you lay the round rug, which is usually a smaller size, it automatically adds elegance to the room regardless of the theme.
We can’t talk about round area rugs without mentioning these two brands; Karastan and Sphinx Rug. They offer you a variety style from traditional to contemporary. So be sure to check them out. As always, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about rugs including the round ones.
Tina (design consultant)