Area rugs give you the most variety if any floor covering. However, before you go out and buy one, you will need to know just a few things about them. Yes, they will allow you to better define a space and bring your décor to an entirely new level, but what else should be considered when you really want to make a style statement with them?
Shape and Size
Area rugs are made in all different sorts of shapes and sizes. They can be long and narrow, octagonal, oval, square, round, rectangular and other shapes as well. As far as size goes, this will depend on what the dimensions are of the space where you want the rug to go.
If you are thinking about getting a natural area rug that is rectangular or square shaped then you should put a piece of paper down on the floor in each corner of the space that you would like the rug to cover. Measure this space and don’t be afraid to adjust the paper corners to get it exactly how you want it.
If you happen to be thinking about getting a round rug, just get some tape and run a piece from the middle of the space you want to cover to the outer edge of the space. When you measure this, you will get the approximate radius of the area. Once you double that, you have the diameter.
To measure for an oval or oblong rug, you will measure the length by the longest part of the area and for the width at the widest part. Use tape, just as you would with the round rug. When you do this correctly, you should have a large cross made from tape on your floor. This will tell you how big the size of the rug should be.
You might be considering making a style statement by covering the entire floor in a room with an area rug. If you do this, remember that it will look best when you leave a 12 – 15 inch border with the floor being exposed in order to create a frame for the rug.
Color is also an important aspect of a rug that you need to consider. The combination of the room, as well as the design and color of the rug should all come together when you want to make that bold style statement.
Remember that an area rug does not need to entirely match the color of the room it will be in. Great styles are made by combining colors that will either complement r contrast the primary color scheme in a room. That being said, it is best to stick to only one primary color and 2 secondary colors.
Following these tips will allow you to make that perfect style statement that you are looking for.