The Best Ways to Decorate With Area Rugs

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Use these 5 tips to help you learn how to decorate with area rugs.

Decorate with area rugs

Area rugs can really do a lot to improve the look of a room, but some ways to decorate with area rugs are better than others. Here are a few quick tips from Monte Hewett Homes that will help you get started! Thanks to, and for inspiring this article.

1. Choose a rug that completes the missing element in the decor. If you have a very busy look to your room, consider a rug that has a more subdued pattern or color. If your room looks a little lifeless, consider adding a vibrant rug to spice things up! In fact, the right rug could easily become the centerpiece of the room’s design. Pull from the same color palette, or similar patterns as the primary area rug.

 2. Rugs should compliment each other. Using multiple rugs on one room is fine, so long as the they unify the look of the room. Choose a rug that completes the missing element in the decor (per tip #1) and then be sure the rugs compliments each other as well as the overall design.

3.  Use a rug to define spaces within a room. If you have a very large room, or a room that serves multiple purposes, consider using area rugs as anchor points within the space. By unifying pieces of furniture around a rug, you create an area of focus or purpose for that section of the room. Perhaps you have a favorite reading nook on one side of the room and a couch, television and coffee table on the other. By using two rugs, one anchoring each section of furniture, you immediately give the eye a way to tell the mind how the room is organized. This can create flow, promote relaxation and create a sense of structure within the room.

4. Under the furniture or in front of the furniture? Make a choice and run with it! There are a few schools of thought on the placement of rugs in regards to furniture. Some people prefer having the rug out on it’s own, without furniture on top, some prefer putting the front two legs of a piece of furniture on the rug, keeping the back two legs off, and some people prefer that all four legs of a piece of furniture sit on the rug. So, who is right? In reality, it is simply a matter of preference. The best thing to do is to be consistent. If you put all four legs of your furniture on a rug in one room, it might be best to do the same in your other rooms. Be consistent creates a sense of unity in your design throughout the house.

5. Don’t use a tiny rug in a large space. Sometimes referred to as a “postage stamp,” an undersized rug can give you some design trouble. When a tiny rug is placed in a large room, it looks a bit orphaned, especially near large piece of furniture such as a bed. Instead, make sure that the rug is large enough to anchor the room in some way. For example, if you want a rug to go near a bed, make sure the rug is large enough to go under the lower two-thirds of the bed and extend around all sides. This will make the bed and the rug look like they belong together.

We hope these tips help you better decorate with area rugs in your home. Don’t forget to check out our beautiful collection of move-in ready homes available from Monte Hewett Homes!

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