How an Abstract Shag Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
An abstract shag rug can highlight your room’s decor by adding in a comforting texture, reinforcing the tone, contributing to the room’s style, and connecting to the color scheme. By shopping for a rug that successfully fills all those qualifiers, you can create a room where your rug accentuates your decor as a part of the grander vision.
Decorating With an Abstract Shag Rug
The beauty of abstract rugs is that so much of their style is influenced by the decor around them. For example, if you want to establish a modern coastal home, then using an abstract shag rug that features blues, tans, and greens is a great way to get the coastal vibes while fitting into a modern style. This is just one basic example to show you how versatile abstract shag area rugs are!
Choosing Which Abstract Shag Rug is Right for You
When you’re looking for the rug that’s perfect for you, it’s important to think through these important topics.
Position: First, consider your room’s layout and where you’ll place your rug within that scheme. Each room is unique, so take these general ideas as starting points.
Living Room: It’s a great idea to use an abstract shag rug to establish your main seating area. Place the rug in the middle of your seating arrangement by laying it either in front of the seats or under their front legs. You could also use a smaller shag rug in another part of the room to establish a separate seating area.
Dining Room: Center your table in the middle of the rug for a balanced, comfortable look. Be sure to leave about two-three feet of extra rug on each side so the chairs can be pushed in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point of the room, add to it by laying a 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 or against a wall, try laying a rug in the middle of the room or along the side of the bed.
Kitchen/Bathroom: Small 2x3 or 3x5 abstract shag rugs are a good option in front of sinks in both these rooms, but they’re also great for bathrooms in front of tubs or showers. You can even use an abstract shag runner in these spaces where you have a narrow walkway or counter space you want to accentuate.
Size/Shape: Once you know your ideal layout, it’s time to finalize the size and shape of your rug. Rectangular, round, and runner are the three most common shapes, but there are plenty of other shapes to choose from if you have a uniquely shaped room or just want to do something different with showing off your style. No matter what shape you choose, it’s important to choose that shape in a size that isn’t too big or too small for the room; balance is a key part of designing a room that feels comfortable and intentionally crafted.
Pattern: Abstract shag area rugs typically don’t have a standard pattern; they’re more random swirls of color, color blocking, or other designs. The key in choosing a design is to find one that can subtly fit into your theming/style, such as marbled designs fitting into an upscale home. In short, be sure that your rug can connect to your theming and also convey the proper tone.
Color: The rug’s design plays a big part in defining the rug’s style, but so does the color. Any color you choose can convey its own tone--even neutral tones like grey, black, white, and cream. The brightness of those colors and how prominent they are in the design play a big role in the rug’s tone and style. Look at your existing color scheme and find similar hues that create the same mood to ensure your room feels unified.
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