A medallion rug can highlight your room’s decor by adding a classic design to your overarching scheme. The style and imagery within the rug should connect to your decor; that way, you never have to worry about your rug detracting from your decorations. Instead, you can allow each element to shine as a piece of your design.
Decorating With a Medallion Rug
The beautiful thing about medallion rugs is how versatile they are. You can find rugs that feature one medallion as the central focal point of the rug, or you can find rugs that feature smaller medallions as a part of a grander pattern. Plus, the rugs come in many different finishes from the clean, crisp finishes of lavish design to the faded finishes of vintage or homey spaces. You truly have your pick when it comes to medallion area rugs.
Choosing Which Medallion Rug is Right for You
When you’re looking for a medallion rug that perfectly fits your style, think through these key areas to help you hone your search.
Position: Early on, you should determine your room’s layout and where a rug would fit best within that layout. These ideas will serve to guide you through the process.
Living Room: Add a medallion rug to your main seating area to really establish that area as the place to be. You have the choice of centering your rug in that space by placing it in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further under them. Otherwise, you can use a smaller rug elsewhere in the room to establish a separate seating area or space.
Dining Room: If you add a rug to your dining room, center it beneath the table and leave about two or three feet of excess on each side so the chairs can be comfortably pushed in and out.
Bedroom: Beds are often centered along a wall as a central focal point. If that’s the case in your room, layer your 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, center a rug in the middle of the room or along the side of the bed.
Kitchen: Small 2x3 and 3x5 medallion rugs can make a big statement in your kitchen when they’re placed by a sink or stove. Likewise, you can use a medallion runner rug in any narrow pathways or any spots you tend to be stationary.
Bathrooms: Oftentimes, bathrooms will use the same size rugs as the kitchen, and those smaller rugs are perfect for in front of a sink, tub, or shower. Runners also work well in front of a double vanity or in another narrow path.
Outdoors: Medallion outdoor rugs are a fantastic option for your deck, patio, or porch. For layout ideas, look at similar indoor spaces.
Size/Shape: Once you know the layout, finalize the size and shape of the rug. Some sizes have been recommended above, but for medium to large spaces, check out 5x7, 8x10, and 9x12 rugs. Whichever size you choose, make sure it’s not going to be too large or small in comparison to the room itself and your furniture. Choosing the right size and shape will help ensure your room looks visually balanced.
Pattern: Medallion area rugs are so versatile that you can find a wide array of designs out there to choose from. Check out options with modern medallions, floral medallions, boho medallions, and so many more. No matter which pattern you choose, make sure it matches the tone of the rest of the decor and fits in with the room’s style.
Color: Aside from pattern, color is the next crucial part of determining a rug’s style. You have plenty of colors to choose from like blue, red, grey, teal, turquoise, black, white, and so many more. Choose a color palette that not only uses similar colors to the rest of the room, but also make sure that the colors create the same mood as the rest of the decor. This will ensure that your room feels consistent and masterfully designed.
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