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Using Rugs to Make an Impact

Rugs serve more than for comfort underfoot. They can tie together a room, define space, and create visual impact on an otherwise non-descript floor.

 

In the pictures shown on this page, imagine the rooms without the rugs and how they would be missing an important "layer".

Using Rugs to Make an Impact
Again, size matters. The most important consideration when buying a rug is the size of the area where it will be located. A too-small rug in a large space will look awkward. Conversely, a rug that doesn't leave adequate space in a room can make the room look cramped.

 

 

Using Rugs to Make an Impact

When buying a rug, also consider the pattern. If your sofa or chairs have large patterns, they are going to compete with a heavily-patterned rug. As a rule if you're furniture is solid-colored, a patterned rug will work well, and the opposite is also true. That doesn't mean you can't go with all solids though.

Resist the urge to match completely, but do choose a color in the room that will be picked up by the rug. In the sample to the left, the sofa and chair pick up the background of the oriental rug.

If your walls are papered with a pattern, a solid rug will work best.

Using Rugs to Make an Impact

Resist the urge to match completely, but do choose a color in the room that will be picked up by the rug. In the sample to the left, the sofa and chair pick up the background of the oriental rug.

Use rugs to define space such as seating areas, hallways, dining areas and entries. Particularly in large rooms as shown in the samples above and to the right, the rugs provide emphasis and layering.

stephen Bowent

Stephen Bowen:

Started his career in the interior design industry at Holly Hunt, specializing in furniture and design. He is now a part of the design team at Hunter Douglas Hospitality. For more interior ideas please contact Stephen Bowen at City Spaces at sjbnchicago@yahoo.com