Unfortunately in the world of decor, there are rules. Now these rules are to be interpreted by you and taken lightly but some are still good rules to know. Some of the most important knowledge I can pass on is about rugs, mainly OPT IN! Just when I talked about curtains, just having a rug will take your space to a whole new level. Rugs can add dimension, contrasting patterns and textures, unifying colors, and mainly warmth to a room.
So here are some basic rug rules –
I know what you’re thinking – this is basically telling you to buy huge-ass rugs. Kinda true. A big rug will anchor furniture on it, tying the room together and lending a sense of unity. People vary in style about whether or not they want the entirety of all the furniture on the rug, just the front legs, half-way between, but the unifying rule is to have furniture touching the rug. A rug floating in the middle of a space can be dramatic – and sometimes in the wrong way.
Notice how this rug is so simple but unifies the room? Notice how at least some part of all furniture is touching it? Getting it?
Here is someone who opted for the “full-on” look. Personally I like the somewhat on-somewhat off look but this is a great way to contain a space, especially with an open floor plan.
Another fabulous use of rugs – especially in a 20-something’s not so huge apartment (or closet that you pay a fortune for) – is separating “spaces” In this photo from The Every Girl, the owner has used rugs to separated zones of her studio apartment. Even though all her stuff is in one room, there are distinct spaces – like bedroom, living room, kitchen – visually separated through the use of rugs.
This trick can also separate a large swath of continual flooring, clearly demarcating where an area begins and where an area ends. Rugs are shockingly expensive, so when buying consider versatility and neutral coloring. Sure that pink over-dyed rug may look adorable in your current place but when you move into somewhere with green walls – not so much. Now start shopping!