Rugs-A Quick and Easy Makeover to the Bare Floors!

The decor of any room is incomplete if the floors are left untouched. Area rugs is considered as the soul of a room and can be a foundation of a beautiful place. Rugs are sure to give some flair to the bare floors. It can also add mood, warmth, character and comfort to a room.

Transform a bare floor into a warm and comfortable place to walk on by rolling out area rugs in each room. Consider the following tips and tricks while decorating groundwork with area rugs.

Know the size

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Measure the width and length of the room and subtract 2 to 3 feet from each dimension to figure out the ideal rug size for a room. The area rug should be slightly smaller than the area covered by the furniture. Make sure the front two legs of each furniture sit on the rug.

Choose rugs according to lifestyle

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Keep your lifestyle in mind while purchasing the area rug. Children and pets can bring a quick wear and tear to an area rug. Use family friendly wool rugs that can be cleaned easily and have engage patterns to hide stains, shedding, hairs etc.

Pad it underneath

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Use a non-skid or polypropylene rug pad underneath to keep the rug in place. The rug pad should be 2 inches smaller than the rug to allow the rug ends to lay flat.

Invest in quality

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Wool rugs are the softest and has richest color but, are the most expensive kind. If wool rugs doesn’t fit in your budget, try nylon or a synthetic blend for a similar durability and look. Natural materials such as jute and sea grass are affordable but can feel scratchy.

Bold colors and patterns

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Allow a bold patterned and rich color area rug to take center stage in a room against white or neutral  walls, floor and furnitures. It is a nice way to add color and warmth to a room. Add neutral color rug to tone down a space with colorful walls and furnishing.

Consider shapes and sizes

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The shape of the area rug depends on the shape and size of the furniture and room. In a dining room, rectangular rug is used with a long table, hexagonal rug with a square table and a round rug with a round table. Rectangular bathroom rug is used in bathrooms.

Add comfort

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Living Room is the most crucial space to add area rugs because most time with family and friends are spent here. Area rug adds instant comfort and sound deadening to the space. Area rugs in bedroom accentuate warmth and tranquility. Say goodbye to cold feet by inserting a rug under a bed to avoid hopping onto a cold floor.

Rugs are a great way to complete a space and make it more welcoming. Do not limit your space to just one rug. Be inspired by a wide range of interesting area rugs, ranging from elegant persian to plain border, traditional to eclectic.


Prashant Praveen

⁠⁠⁠With more than 13 years of experience, I have worked across sectors as an independent design consultant and visualiser. This blog is an attempt to share my experience and design ideas for inspired living.

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