How to Use Traditional Area Rugs in Home Decor

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One aspect of interior design that is quite remarkable is that a single piece of décor can completely alter your home. Whether you want to revamp your home or add color to a room, something as simple as a carpet or painting is all you need. Let’s talk about the impact a traditional area rug can have on your home.

The easiest way to transform any space is to use a high-quality area rug such as a Turkish Anatolian rug.

This article will highlight ways you can use area rugs to include a traditional element in your home.

 Choose A Suitable Colour and Texture

Area rugs often come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. They are bright, eye-catching, and made from materials such as wool and nylon of diverse coloring. Therefore, one of the first things you should consider when decorating your home with area rugs is the color theme of your home. Some of the points to consider are:

  • Should the rug’s colors complement the color scheme of the furniture and upholstery?
  • What colors best give a more traditional and oriental feel to the room?
  • Will a shaggy area rug or a flat woven rug suit the room better?

 When decorating your home with a traditional feel, you aim to use a neutral color palette with rare bursts of bold, bright colors combined with wood furniture. With texture, you will ideally use area rugs made of silk, wool, and cotton that have a subtle pattern. Essentially, you will want to ensure that the color and pattern of the rug do not clash with the décor and theme of the room. For example, a brown, cream, or pale blue area rug will be suitable if the room has wooden floors and white walls. 

 How to Use Area Rugs in Each Room of Your Home

1.    Living Area

In your living room, the area rug is one of the key decorative pieces that can tie the room together. The living room is a high-traffic zone in your home. Using a large area rug will help to protect the floor.

 In this room, you can use area rugs two ways. The first way is to use the rug as a focal piece. This way, the area rug will be placed in the center of the room, with the living room furniture arranged around the rug. The furniture can also be used to anchor the rug to the ground, which will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 The second way is to use the area rug to separate different areas of the room. This works particularly well if you have a large open-plan living room. In this case, you can place the rug in the area you want to separate from the rest of the room.

 2.    Dining Room

In this room, the area rug should be large enough so that the dining room table and chairs can sit comfortably on it. Ideally, the area rug should be at least 24 inches of space on all sides. The best way to decorate the dining room is to use a rectangle-shaped accent rug with the dining table at the center.

Regarding the dining chairs, ensure that the chair’s back legs are inside the edge of the rug. This will prevent mishaps or accidents when waking up from the table. Alternatively, a circular area rug will give the room an added visual appeal if you have a round dining room table.

 3.    Kitchen

Area rugs are best suited for an open-plan kitchen. In this case, the area rug should be placed along the counter close to the stove and meal preparation area.

This will make cleaning the kitchen easier and protect you from the cold during the winter. When choosing a rug for the kitchen, ensure it is stain resistant and easy to clean.

 4.    Bedroom

Area rugs should be placed under the bed in your bedroom. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, you can set the area rug halfway under the bed. This way, the area rug will extend on either side and front of the bed, as shown in the picture below. Otherwise, you can just use the area rug to cover the entire area under the bed. 

The Secret to Using Area Rugs in Your Home

Area rugs are one of the few rugs that can be used in almost every room of your home. They are versatile as they can be used in multiple ways and help protect the floor.

The key to decorating your home with these rugs is knowing how to set them in the proper palace. Hopefully, this guide will help you find that “proper place” easily and improve the visual appeal of your home.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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