Recently Realtor.com ran an article that focused on decorating with rugs. Area rugs can pull a room together, anchor furniture and can create a cozy space but, if the wrong size or shape, they can make a room look jumbled. Here are some great tips, room by room, about how and where to use area rugs in your home.
In the living room
Most people put some kind of rug in the living room.The rug is the focal point here, and it should be the first thing you put down when designing the layout of the room.
Center your seating area around the rug, designer Coco Peterson says, not the other way around. Once the rug is down, place furniture strategically so that each key piece touches the rug.
“Typically, you will have both of the front of your sofa and love seat or settee on the rug, but for accent chairs, you can angle it and only have one foot on the rug,” she says.
Accent pieces—such as sofa tables, chests, and curio cabinets—don’t need to touch or even be centered around the rug. As long as the sofa and chairs are placed right, the room will look cohesive. And that’s your goal.
In the bedroom
If you really want the bedroom to look polished, invest in a large rug you can place underneath your bed.
“It should be large enough so that you have a foot to a foot and a half extending from the sides and foot of your bed,” Peterson says.
In the kitchen
Rather than go for a big rug you can’t clean, opt for smaller, machine-washable rugs in strategic places.
“I recommend placing rugs wherever there is a likelihood of spilling or splashing on the floor. This means in front of the refrigerator, sink, and range,” Peterson says. “If you have a hard floor in your kitchen, you may also want to place one in front of your main prep area for comfort.”
And don’t put it down if it isn’t heavy-duty material with a stay-in-place mat.
“Flat-weave rugs tend to move around a lot or fold up at the corners,” she says. “This can be a hazard to people who are hustling in the kitchen.”
In the hallway
You might be thinking about buying a runner or two for a long hallway. But if your runner falls short, it won’t look quite right. Take heart: “Runners can be really tricky,” Peterson says.
If the runner is too small, try using it underneath a sofa table. And if you’re looking for the right size for your hallway, consider this: “A runner should be able to at least reach from the entrance of the hallway to the farthest door-entry in the hallway, but preferably the full length of the hallway,” Peterson says.
You can find advice for other areas in your home and read the article in its’ entirety HERE.
Claire Garvey – Realtor, Broker, CRS
Evan Lelansky – Realtor, Broker
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