Square rugs are unique, versatile, and easy to style. With four even sides, you can rotate your rug to the direction you like best without having to rearrange any of the furniture or decor in the room. Square rugs are great for bedrooms, entryways, dining rooms, and living rooms that are more square than rectangular. Before we get into how your can style a square area rug, let's go over the most common types of 8x8 square rugs and what they can be made of.
Types Of Square Area Rugs
When searching for the perfect rug, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed looking at all the types, patterns, colors, and materials that area rugs are made of. You'll want to use filter tools to help narrow down your search. To do that, you'll need to ask yourself a couple of questions:
Where will the 8x8 rug be used?
Indoor 8x8 square rugs can be made of a large variety of materials from silk, wool, acrylic, polyester, cotton, jute, nylon and more. Depending on where you want to put your rug will help determine what material is best to use. Silk is somewhat durable, but is rather expensive and requires professional cleaning. Wool, cotton, and acrylic are all durable and can be cleaned with a mild dishwashing soap when needed.
Square outdoor rugs are popular because they fit well with patio and deck furniture. Outdoor rugs are often made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, and polypropylene. These materials are durable and resistant to stains, fading, mold, and mildew, and are very easy to clean.
What color or style/pattern are you looking for?
Square area rugs come in many colors and styles so it'd be best to narrow this down at the beginning stages as well. Let's go over a few different styles of 8x8 square rugs available.
Traditional and Oriental rugs come in a wide variety of color combinations, but the most popular and common are tan, ivory, black, and grey. What makes oriental and traditional square rugs unique is their versatility "? they compliment everything from rustic, contemporary, and industrial to eclectic and vintage styles.
Floral and botanical 8x8 square rugs can be difficult to categorize because like flowers, each one is beautiful and unique. Many floral patterns contain elements of green leaves complemented by touches of orange, pink, red, and yellow. You shouldn't be surprised to find everything from abstract flowers to tropical palm leaves.
Solid square area rugs can be a great way to add texture to your decor without a pattern. You can choose a solid area rug to keep your decor balanced and cozy. Let the texture of a woven or braided rug shine in a solid color.
Geometric patterns that are popular and timeless include diamond, honeycomb, chevron, and herringbone patterns. These and other geometric patterns feature straight lines and sharp angles.
Braided square rugs are well known for providing warmth and style to homes beginning in the American Colonial period. Braided rugs can be versatile statement pieces for farmhouse, rustic, or classic styled homes.
Shag square area rugs, both solid and patterned, are brilliant for adding texture and comfort to a home. Because the pile is so long, the patterns you see on shag rugs are generally large and basic.
Jute square area rugs are made with long natural fibers, come tan and occasionally other mute colors, and are wonderfully textured.
How To Style A Square Rug
Once you've chosen your square area rug and receive it, it'll be time to style and enjoy it. An 8x8 square area rug is large enough to use in most rooms throughout your house and outside on your patio or deck. Try spicing up your outdoor decor by using a small circular patio table with an 8x8 square area rug. An 8x8 square rug can complete a small eat-in kitchen and it can create a cozy place to put your feet when you're getting out of bed in the morning.
As with all other rugs, you'll want to choose a rug shape and size that will allow your furniture to fit evenly onto it. Some general rules to go by are:
When using an 8x8 square rug in a living or relaxing space, make sure that at least the front to legs of all your furniture pieces can fit comfortably onto the rug.
In a dining area both indoors and outdoors, you'll want to make sure that your 8x8 square area rug easily fits your table and chairs. You should be able to pull your dining chairs out from the table without them falling off the edge of the rug.
Washing & Caring For Your Square Area Rug
Both indoor and outdoor 8x8 square area rugs are made with a variety of materials, some that can be cleaned very easily and others that require a professional to clean. As a general rule of thumb, you should use a vacuum without a beater bar to do regular cleanings. Consider the location of the rug and the traffic it will receive as well as the material it is made of "? always follow the care instructions on the product tags.
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