According to famous house stylist and designer David Scott, the most important rule to remember when decorating your home is to consider your current lifestyle. Make sure that your décor, including your rugs, suits the purposes of those living in your home as well as complements the ambiance you want to create.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can decorate and liven up your bare floor with rugs.
Size and Shape
First off, determine how much floor area you want to be covered. Do you want the place fully carpeted or maybe just an area? Considering this will help you plan out your budget when purchasing pieces.
When it comes to transitional spaces or entrances, less is always more. The key is to make the area rug slightly smaller than the area it covers – except for rugs in the hallway when it should cover the entire length of the hall. Well-chosen and well-placed rugs help break up a room into inviting, visual lines, as well as add interesting texture to a room.
Color and Design
Area rugs come in a variety of designs for you to choose from. Make sure that you use a pattern that will complement the area that it is being used for. For living rooms, choose warm colors instead of those with striking and overwhelming patterns. People spend the most time gathered in the living room so you want to make the area as soothing and inviting as possible. As a rule of thumb, you don’t have to match your rug with the wallpaper color. Tip: a bold pattern on a small rug makes the room look larger.
When you buy a rug, consider the people and pets in your home. Do any of your kids or family members have an allergy to a certain type of fabric? With kids and pets in the house, you have to consider the convenience of cleaning a rug. The more popular choice for those with young children and growing families is a woven, wool rug which is very easy to clean and manage, perfect for stains, hairs, spills, etc.