Not only are small rugs a great way to add some warmth, texture, and protection to a space, but they also allow you to showcase your personal style and aesthetic without being overpowering.
About Small Rugs
Small rugs are generally 2x3' to 3x5', however, their shapes within those sizes can vary.
Traditionally, people choose a rectangular or oval shape for their small rug. But don't be afraid to consider other shapes such as round or square for a more unique look or to use in an odd sized space.
Small rugs come in a variety of materials, textures, and piles. The pile of a rug is simply the density of the fibers--they can come in short (more flat) or long (think shag) piles.
The material of your small rug can affect the overall aesthetic of a room. For example, a natural fiber jute rug can add an organic feel to a space, while a silk oriental rug can add a softness and sophistication to a room.
Small rugs are versatile. They look great in bold patterns or in solid colors or natural fibers. When choosing your rug's color, note that neutral colors generally blend into the space while a bold color will add a punch of excitement to your room.
Small rugs can provide great protection to your flooring, especially in high traffic areas.
Adding multiple rugs to a space is a great way to enhance your overall look. You can choose multiple rugs of the same color or a variety of colors within your color scheme.
When to consider a Small Rug:
In front of a double vanity: place one small rug in front of each sink
Near the tub or shower door
In the powder room
In the entry or mudroom: place by a front or back door
In the kitchen: place in front of the sink or stove top
Along side the bed
Room by Room
Bathroom: A tufted or knotted rug in cotton or chenille provides softness and absorbency; both things that are important when considering a bathroom rug.
Kitchen: Go for something stain resistant like an indoor outdoor rug or a wool rug.
Bedroom: Look for something soft in a higher pile.
Entryway or Mudroom: choose a rug with a flatter pile (<¼"? or below) to allow the door to swing open without catching on the rug. Also, look for something durable and stain resistant.
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