How a Red Shag Area Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A red shag rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing the color palette, setting the tone, and furthering your style. Whenever you design a room, it's key to look at it with one unified vision--that will help you remain consistent with all the decorative elements and establish a room that is masterfully designed.
Decorating With a Red Shag Area Rug
When you’re decorating with a red shag rug, you may be thinking of just solid colored rugs. That’s an option that’s out there and is great for rooms where you want the rug’s texture to be the main draw, but there are shag rugs that feature patterns as well. The options to go with a solid color, a basic pattern, or something more complex gives you so many choices with how you want to design your room.
Choosing Which Red Shag Area Rug is Right for You
Since there are so many options out there for red shag rugs, you may be wondering how to find one that’s just right for you. Start off by considering these key topics and that will help you determine what you need and what’s best for your space.
Living Room: Large red shag area rugs are often used to establish your main seating area. In these situations, you’ll likely place the rug right in front of the seats or underneath their front legs. Another option is to use a smaller red shag rug in another corner of the room to establish a separate sitting area/social space.
Dining Room: If you want to add texture and style to your dining room, center your shag rug beneath the table. Be sure to leave about two-three feet of extra rug on each side of the table so that you have plenty of room to push your chairs in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point in the room, then you can accentuate that by layering a red shag area rug with the bed. Shag rugs are often placed under the bottom two-thirds of the bed or even along the side of the bed to show off more of the rug’s texture.
Bathroom: Red shag rugs are perfect for adding comfort, style, and texture to your bathroom. These rugs are often used in front of a sink, tub, or shower. However, you can also use a red shag runner rug along a double vanity to accent that space.
Size/Shape: The size and shape of your rug are really dependent upon the layout you decided on. Some small sizes have been recommended above, but for medium to large spaces, check out 5x8, 8x10, and 9x12 rugs. As for shape, the most popular ones to work with are rectangular, round, and runner. Each shape has their own perks in terms of how they lay with your furniture and what tone the shape creates. You may not have realized it, but rounded rugs often convey a softer tone than rectangular ones due to their lack of rigid corners. However, there are other areas that impact the tone as well, so you should choose the shape that ultimately fits your room/layout best.
Pattern: Shag rugs can come in solid tones, but there’s also a wide variety of patterns to choose from. Look at options that feature stripes, oriental patterns, geometric shapes, or other designs and determine if that pattern will fit in with the rest of the room. If you really want to establish your theming/style, look for similar shapes and imagery between the rug and decor so that the room feels cohesive.
Color: Narrowing your search to red shag area rugs definitely helps you hone in your search, but you still need to consider color. To start with, what shade of red do you want to be the most prominent? Red can range anywhere from primary red to burgundy and anywhere in between. Aside from the shade of red, there may be other colors incorporated into your rug. Whether you choose to include orange, blue, white, or some other hue(s), be sure that the colors connect to the rest of the room’s color palette and that they establish the same tone.
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