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Styling With Rugs

decorating the home with a rug

Think of a rug as the ultimate room enhancer – it ties everything together, adds a touch of warmth, and masters the art of layering in any space. It's like the cozy anchor that brings a soft, much-needed texture to the room, making your room instantly more inviting. Especially if it rocks a pattern that vibes with the rest of your home decor, it is a humble addition that transforms your space, tying everything together seamlessly.


Whether you're into modern vibes, keeping it minimalist, or obsessed with vintage flair, tossing in a rug is like giving your room a warm feeling of your style. From bold statement-making rugs to subtle accents, rugs are beyond merely covering the floor. Area rugs give your sacred space a snug feel from the ground up, striking a perfect balance for a well-designed living space.


From defining areas to choosing the perfect size, find out how laying it down right with rugs can turn your home into a haven that seamlessly blends style and comfort.


A Rug Defines Areas


a rug in front entrance of home

When correctly placed, an area rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a cozy, intimate space. Using a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or bedroom areas, is especially useful for rooms that need definition. If you are looking to create variety in a space, you can find a wide range of styles and colours when you use two rugs in a room. Be sure to look for rugs that complement each other but are not too similar that they compete. Somewhat in the same color family or tone to the overall colour scheme of your home to ensure it blends well with the rest of the room.


Rugs Make A Room Feel Spacious

Walking into a room that may not have a rug makes it feel smaller than if the room has one. Because rugs add a lot of visual space to a room. Be sure to get the right size when placing a floor rug in any room. Wide enough to accommodate both feet and leave the floor bare at the edges makes the room look larger.


In addition, rugs can provide comfort, especially if you are living in a colder climate. We all know how cold your floors can get, so you may find laying a rug down in your room to have something soft to step on will also help the room stay warmer and provide a sense of instant coziness to the space.


Choose Light Colors

An area rug with a light color palette will open up your space and create an airy feel. So, if you're looking to amplify that sense of airiness in your area, lighter hues are definitely the way to go.

Use a Large Rug

Choose a rug that covers a significant part of your floor. A larger rug will visually expand the room for a seamless look.

Avoid Busy Patterns

Busy patterns can make a space feel crowded, while simpler designs promote a sense of openness.

Furniture Placement

Ensure that the legs of your furniture rest on the rug, creating a cohesive and integrated look. This clever placement defines your seating area without visually dividing the room.

Consider Neutral Tones 

Choose a rug in neutral colors for a serene and open ambiance. Shades like beige, light gray, or soft pastels can contribute to the feeling of spaciousness.

Illusion with Patterns 

Lean towards those with vertical lines or geometric shapes, as these patterns create visual tricks, making the room appear longer than it actually is and adding an extra dimension to the space.


A quick tip: For a longer-lasting rug, steer clear of heat sources for your rug! Heat can make floor rugs expand and contract, potentially causing damage to the fibers.



Choosing A Rug Size

Choosing the right size rug can also drastically alter the entire vision of your room. With many shapes and sizes, choose a rug size that fits the area where you plan to place it. A small space requires smaller rugs, while larger rooms need bigger ones. Also, consider the height of the furniture and other decor objects in the room to decide how large the area rug should be, ensuring that it blends well with the rest of the room.



Living Room



Anchor your furniture in the room by placing the front two legs of each piece on the rug. Why does it work so well? Well, first off, it anchors your furniture. No floating pieces will feel lost – everything has its place. Plus, it's a game-changer for that comfy, put-together vibe. You're not just throwing a rug there; you're defining the boundaries of your space.









The Bedroom


No matter the size of a bed, ensure that the rug extends about 55cm around all sides.

Here's how you can calculate the ideal rug size based on this guideline:


Measure the Dimensions of the Bed:

If you have a queen-size bed, for example, which is usually about 152cmx203cm, you'll add the desired extension of 50 to 60cm on each side. So, a rug that is approximately 272cmx323cm would provide a snug fit around a queen-size bed.



This arrangement helps anchor the bed in the room, defines the sleeping area, and adds warmth and comfort to the bedroom space. Keep in mind that these measurements are general guidelines, and you can adjust them based on your preferences and the specific layout of your bedroom.



The Dining Room



Create a balanced setting with a rug that extends approximately 60cm beyond all sides of the dining table.


Measure the Table

Measure the length and width of your dining table. Add 60cm to the length and width of your table. The additional space ensures the rug is large enough to accommodate dining chairs, even when pulled out.






Final Rug Size

The final dimensions of the rug should be the sum of the adjusted length and width. For example, if your table is 183 centimeters long and 91 centimeters wide:


Length: 183cm+(2×60cm)=303cm Width: 91cm+(2×60cm)=211cm

So, in this case, the ideal rug size would be approximately 303 cm(L) by 211cm(w)



The Kitchen


Choose between a small round rug or a rectangular rug in the kitchen. Whether to go for a small round rug or a rectangular one depends on your style, kitchen layout, and what visually appeals to you.

Round Rug

-Ideal for kitchens with round tables, a round rug can complement the shape and add a whimsical touch. It works well in smaller spaces, offering a softer, more casual look.

Rectangular Rug

-For kitchens with a contemporary design, a rectangular runner rug can align seamlessly with clean lines and angles.


Placing a rectangular rug in front of the kitchen sink is often a practical choice. 

Additionally both round and rectangular rugs are available in various sizes, making it easier to find one that fits kitchen area.



How To: Rug Size Guide


rug size guide



Create Harmony In Your Space

a rug in living room

An area rug might not be the initial focus when sprucing up a space, but it wields the power to breathe life and dimension into a room. An area rug serves as the ideal decorative touch, seamlessly connecting the elements throughout the home and elevating the space's overall appeal. Whether you're after a hint of color, a chic neutral tone, or an intricate design, there's an area rug waiting to infuse any room with an additional layer of warmth and style.


Here's a nifty trick: rugs aren't just for the floor! Spice up your walls by using a rug as a unique and stylish wall hanging. It's a fun and creative way to showcase your rug in a whole new light.




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