A textured rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing the room’s color scheme, emphasizing the style, and setting the tone of the room. Your rug should work hand in hand with your decor so that they all work together towards establishing a consistent style and tone to the room.
Decorating With a Textured Rug
Textured rugs have the obvious perk of being pleasing to touch, but they also add dimension to your room. You can go as dramatic or subdued as you want with textured rugs as well. Some will be simple braided rugs with consistent texture throughout, while others may use different pile heights in areas of the rug to establish a pattern. No matter what sort of look and feel you want your textured area rug to have, there are plenty out there to choose from.
Choosing Which Textured Rug is Right for You
Since there are so many options out there for textured area rugs, you may be wondering where to even begin your search. Fortunately, if you think through these key areas, you’ll be well on your way to finding your ideal rug.
Position: First, plan out where you will be placing furniture, decor, and other accents. It’s vital to establish those areas before you decide where to put your rug. Each house is unique, so take these rug layout ideas as general guidelines to get you started.
Living Room: Center a textured rug with your main seating area to establish that as the space to be. You can place the rug either right in front of the seats or under the front legs. Otherwise, use a smaller rug in another area of the room to establish a coffee corner or reading space.
Dining Room: The most standard dining room setup is to have your rug right under the table. Leave about two to three feet of extra space on each side of the table for the chairs to be pushed in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point of the room, try laying your rug directly beneath it. There are three common ways to layer it with the bed: place the rug all the way under it, under the bottom two-thirds of the bed, or closer to the foot of the bed. If your bed is off to one side, center the rug in the middle of the bedroom or line it up along the side of the bed.
Kitchen: 2x3 or 3x5 textured rugs are ideal in front of a kitchen stove or sink. Otherwise, use a runner rug in narrow kitchens or kitchens with an island.
Bathroom: Similar to kitchens, use small rugs in front of sinks, tubs, or showers. Runners are perfect in front of a double vanity or in a narrow pathway.
Outdoors: Textured rugs are also available for your porch, patio, or deck, so you can style your outdoor spaces too. For layout ideas, look at similar indoor spaces.
Size/Shape: Next up, consider what size and shape will work best in your ideal layout. In both cases, make sure that they are balanced with the rest of the room visually--meaning, nothing looks too large or too small in comparison to one another. With shape, use whatever fits the scale best, but also choose a shape that reinforces the tone of the room. Round rugs tend to give off a softer vibe compared to rectangular rugs, since they lack any rigid corners. Simple little touches like this can make a big difference in your room.
Pattern: As stated earlier, textured rugs may use varying heights to establish a rug’s pattern. However, there are other rugs that simply use varying colors in a consistent texture to establish their designs, color blocking, or other prints. Choose a pattern that connects to the rest of the decor thematically so the room feels cohesive. Also consider how fabric impacts the rug’s appearance, such as jute as opposed to wool, cotton, or other popular choices.
Color: Speaking of making the room cohesive, color plays a large role in that. Each color comes in different shades, so even colors like blue and white have varying tones depending on their shading and what other colors they’re combined with. Your color palette should connect to the rest of your decor and furniture by using similar hues and conveying the same tone.
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