The Importance of Rugs
I see rugs in our homes as shoes are to a well-dressed outfit. You wouldn’t go to the trouble of selecting your best outfit for a night out and then go barefooted. It’s the same principle with rugs. Shoes complete an outfit and, in some instances, will actually outshine what you’re wearing, if you want them to that is. It’s the same with rugs. They can be a game changer on how a room looks and feels.
When choosing your rug, look towards other elements of your design scheme, such as color. If the rug you choose has an element of your design scheme, it will help reinforce and create a more cohesive feel and look to your room. Rugs really are essential to creating a well-designed room.
Zone an Open Floor Plan: The problem with open plan spaces is that your furniture can look a bit lost. Use rugs to reinforce areas within the space with rugs. They’re great at zoning off spaces and anchoring your furniture. They also help absorb sound which is a necessity in large open spaces.
Connect Spaces: By placing similar style & color rugs in connecting spaces, you unify and create a visual connection between the two rooms or spaces. This makes each room flow as your eye is drawn from one space to the next.
Sound Absorption: Rugs are the perfect solution to sound absorption especially if you have hardwood or tiled floors in your homes and are great for apartment living.
Add Character: If you want to be brave and use pattern there is no better way than introducing it through a rug. For one it’s easier to live with compared to decorating your walls. Using pattern below your visual field when entering a room makes it appear less intrusive. Rugs are also a great way to introduce pattern to neutral spaces and provides your room with a sense of character and personality.
Add Texture: An instant hit for your feet, the shag pile rug is a must for those of you that adore tactile materials. How could your resist taking off your shoes?
Layer it up: Layering rugs provides additional textural contrast which creates more interest.
Size Matters! Whatever rug you decide to go for ensure you choose the largest rug you can for the room it will reside in. Avoid the floating rug in the center of the room. Ideally, the rug you choose should be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture. If this isn’t possible the front legs of your furniture should be positioned on the rug.