What area rugs really do for a room is to collect the items that are on top of it. That means that if you have a collection of furniture, chairs, or a specific area that you are trying to give contextualization, or cohesion to, then an area rug is probably the best choice. The addition of color and texture can make a collection of objects, the flow of a room or the direction of a space in a home seem to pull together, it makes these things into a group instead of a collection of separate objects.
So if you’ve got areas that are of different sizes, shapes and colors, then it would reason that you’d need rugs of different sizes, shapes and colors also.
Here are a few rough ideas for you to get started on when you’re considering what kind of rug to purchase:
Front legs on the rug, back legs off. This idea can help you pull together chairs or other furniture without overcrowding the space or interfering with the rest of the room.
Some front legs on. This technique can be useful when you’re mixing sofas and chairs, or when the color of the rug contrasts greatly with the floor. This is usually used when the size of the rug or the size of the room restricts your placement options, but can be a good choice even if that’s not the case.
All legs on the rug. This technique is generally used when you are trying to pull the entire room together instead of just one part of it. It defines the space with clear edges and designates an area.
No legs on the rug. This look goes well with minimalist or new age looks, but is totally different than the others! This usually used to highlight negative space instead of conceal it.
18 inches of bare floor around the rug. This is the traditional wisdom for most rugs. It is best used on spaces that are completely enclosed from surrounding rooms, and might not be the best choice for rooms that merge into each other.
Just a few inches of floor around the rug. This use of a rug will mostly define the feeling of the room and should be considered carefully. You will have to take special care to match the remaining floor, furniture and other colors in the room so everything goes together.
Extend the rug 12-18 inches around a bed. For an area rug to look balanced and proportional under a bed there needs to be enough of it to create a space around the bed. 12 inches is usually enough space, but feel free to go further.
Extend the rug 24 inches around a table. This extra space around a table will allow all of your chairs to fit on the rug comfortable and not fall out of the rug’s area, even when being used.
Cover the walking area. This technique is often used in small narrow or cluttered areas like hallways or places you have to work in, like kitchens or bathrooms.
All of these are just suggestions, but be sure to keep in mind the overall color scheme, shape and size of your room, and what areas you are attempting to define with your area rug.
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