5 Ways to Add Excitement to Any Room Using Rugs
Roll out the red carpet, fly to a whole new world and really tie a room together … rugs sure know how to add excitement to any situation! The impact of an area rug in a room can never be underestimated, as they practically transform the look of your space in the blink of an eye. The perfect rug can make boring furniture look less bland, turn an empty space into a place to gather and add excitement to an otherwise underwhelming room. But did you know there’s more than one way to use area rugs in your décor? Read on and we’ll share our rug secrets with you so you can add some unexpected elements to any room in your home.
We love to think that there’s no such thing as too many rugs! Layered rugs are an especially hot trend in home décor right now, and offer the perfect way to create contrasting textures, colors and prints. When you’re layering rugs of different patterns, try to stay in the same color family to create a cohesive look. This is also a great way to mix and match rugs of different sizes, like layering a smaller 5 x 7 area rug over a larger 8 x 10 area rug. Try the trend: Use multiple rugs in a stacked pattern down a long hallway, or layer rugs of different textures in the living room to create a cool aesthetic.
Make a bold and bright statement in your room by bringing the focus to the floor. Rugs offer a great opportunity to show off your favorite colors and patterns, so don’t be afraid to go big! If you love blue, try adding a patterned turquoise or navy area rug to your living room to offset neutral gray or taupe furniture. Statement rugs in big, bold patterns also help to mask spills and dirt, so the only statement you’ll be making is a stylish one!
Want to create a cool picnic space in your backyard straight out of a designer's Instagram story? Just bring your rug! Roll out a cool Boho print rug, or a stunning vintage on the back lawn and add some funky patterned throw pillows for a glam and easy way to impress your friends. Plus, when you’re done you can roll your rug back up and use it again in your bedroom or living room for a décor piece that does double duty.
If you find yourself drawn to area rugs that look more like works of art, then get them up off the floor and onto your wall! Area rugs have been used as tapestries since, well, the invention of rugs, so it’s no surprise that this time-honored trend is making a comeback. Lightweight woven and flat-weave rugs are best suited for use as wall art compared to other types of rugs as they are easier to hang. Tip: Using a rug as a wall hanging is also a great trick for covering a large empty space on your wall and instantly adding a warm, textural feel.
Kitchen and Bathroom Mats
Rugs in the bathroom and kitchen? Yes! It used to be taboo to add rugs to these wet and sometimes icky spaces, but the trend is making a major comeback. Instead of using a boring bath mat to catch your drips, try a 4 x 6 area rug in a bright and bold print for a look that’s sure to impress. Wide-open spaces in the kitchen can also get a major style boost with an 8 x 10 area rug instead of a standard kitchen mat. If you’re worried about keeping them clean, fear not; just opt for flat weave and woven polypropylene rugs in your wet areas. Flat weave rugs are big on style and are easy to clean options that also help to repel water. Win!
If you’re looking around the house and know your space needs a little style boost, treat your space to some new area rugs. Don’t be shy, give a few of these rug design style tips a chance and you’ll be amazed at the way that a simple patterned area rug can really transform your space.