A purple area rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing the room’s color scheme, fitting into the same style, and setting the tone for the entire room. When you’re designing a room, it’s important to view it as a unit and look for furniture, wall art, poufs, rugs, and other decor that all work towards the same style goals.
Decorating With a Purple Rug
Purple is such a versatile color that you can really fit it into any room, no matter what the style is. Rich, plum purple can fit into regal spaces and create a sophisticated tone while lilac purple can feel like a breath of fresh air. Aside from all the options with shade, purple rugs come in many materials like cotton, wool, sisal, polyester, and jute along with different pile heights, shapes, sizes, and other aspects. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find a purple rug that’s perfect for you and your home.
Choosing Which Purple Rug is Right for You
As you shop for the purple rug that’s just right for you, it’s vital to think through some important facets.
Position: Early on, you should decide on your room’s layout and where you want to put a rug. There’s no singular way to do a room’s layout, so take these general guidelines as a starting point to give you ideas.
Living Room: Oftentimes, large purple area rugs are used to define your main seating area. In those situations, you have the option of centering a rug in the middle of the space and placing it all the way under the furniture, under the front legs, or even in front of the seats. Aside from using a large purple rug in the room, you can also use a smaller purple rug to establish a smaller sitting area for morning coffee or intimate conversation.
Dining Room: To create a balanced dining room, center your rug beneath your dining room table and leave about two feet of rug on each side/end past the table so that the chairs have plenty of room to be pushed in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point in the room, then try layering a rug with the bed to expand that space and further accent it. You can place the rug all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. If your bed is off to one side of the room, try centering a rug in the middle of the room or along one side of the bed.
Kitchen: 2x3 and 3x5 purple rugs are often placed right by a sink or stove to add extra comfort and style to those spaces. Alternatively, purple runner rugs are great for narrow spaces and can provide comfort to those same spots.
Bathroom: Similar to kitchens, you can use runners to provide comfort to areas you stand still, like in front of a double vanity. Another common layout is to use 2x3 and 3x5 rugs by tubs, showers, or sinks.
Outdoors: There’s no need to limit your style to inside the home; purple outdoor rugs are a great option for decks, patios, or porches (along with indoor spaces that see a lot of traffic). For layout ideas, look back at similar indoor rooms.
Size/Shape: When it comes to size and shape, it’s important to look at the size of the room itself and how the rug will layer with the furniture. The most common shapes to work with are rectangular, round, and runner, but there are other choices too that can work in uniquely shaped rooms or just to do something different. As for size, you can look at some of the smaller sizes recommended above or check out 5x8, 8x10, and 9x12 rugs for larger rooms.
Pattern: Since purple is a versatile color, you’ll find it in all sorts of different designs and patterns. From oriental prints to modern, abstract designs and anywhere in between, you’ll find purple area rugs can show off any design and look stunning. For guidance in choosing a pattern, look at your other decor for their overarching style and any shapes/imagery you can carry over into the rug.
Color: Even though you’ve narrowed your search to purple rugs, you still have a lot to consider, starting with what shade(s) of purple you want. Each shade conveys its own tone, and so does the rest of the rug’s color palette. Purple works well with many colors, so you can find purple rugs that include green, grey, black, yellow, pink, blue, red, white, and others. Ultimately, your rug’s color palette should fit in with the room’s color scheme and convey the same tone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Purple Rugs
What are the most popular shades of purple rugs?
Popular styles include grape, lavender, lilac, violet and plum.
Can you machine wash a purple rug?
Always check the label of the rug for washing directions, finer materials like wool and silk should not be placed in the washing machine
Where should you place a purple rug?
Purple rugs are often associated with the feminine touch. However it's also known for royalty! So dress up your bedroom, living room for a noble house appeal.
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