“That rug really tied the room together!”
–The Dude, The Big Lebowski
An expanse of a lively pattern is a great starting point for a room. One of the main purposes of rugs is to help define a space. Rugs need not be large or highly decorated to make a statement. Choosing the right type of rugs is as much about the way it looks, as the way it feels underfoot. It is also important to address its practicality in your home.
Rugs can artfully define spaces and distinguish functions in a wide-open room as well as provide the cosy factor to most rooms. Especially in large, open-plan spaces, a rug can help define the dining area and separate it from the adjacent kitchen and other seating areas.
If the rug is one of your first purchases for the room, you can use it to set the tone for the space and develop a colour scheme. Pull the lightest or background colour from the rug to use as a wall colour. Then bring in a bolder hue from the rug as an accent in the room, on chair cushions or in artwork.
Rugs should accurately reflect your style because it is one of the largest decorative pieces in your space. When considering what style of rug you should look for, it is great to mix and match colours and designs if you know how to avoid the dreaded clash. For people with traditional tastes, Persian rugs and floral patterns are easy options to go with. However, patterns like chevron, zebra skin and bright colours are trendier and more contemporary. But in the end, try to avoid conflicting patterns and colours.
Rugs can be an investment both visually and financially. They can make or break a room and instantly change the way a space feels. The rug should carry your style, giving visitors a clue to your home’s personality as soon as they walk in the door. Express your personality in a big way. Show how interesting and fun you are, and make visitors feel welcome through a bold joyous rug.