How a Thick Area Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A thick area rug can highlight your room’s decor by contributing to the room’s color scheme, emphasizing the tone, and adding to the room’s style. Your rug should connect to the decor through those three areas, because then each decorative element is working together towards the same goal as opposed to competing for attention.
Decorating With a Thick Area Rug
Thick area rugs are a popular choice for anyone who wants to add some comfort into their room. This means that these rugs are available in all sorts of different color palettes, patterns, finishes, and fabrics (such as wool, jute, cotton, and others). Whether you’re looking for a thick rug that fits into a modern style or something more vintage, you have your pick of rugs so you can truly create your personal style.
Choosing Which Thick Area Rug is Right for You
As you shop for the thick rug that’s just right for you, it’s important to think through a few key areas.
Position: One of your first thoughts should be your room’s layout and how the rug will fit into it. Of course, each room is unique, so take these general guidelines as ideas to steer you in the right direction.
Living Room: When it comes to thick living room rugs, you’ll likely center it with your main seating area and place it either directly in front of the seats or under the front legs. Otherwise, use a smaller thick rug elsewhere to set up a separate seating area. This allows you to have more flexibility with single chairs and tables and angling them on the rug.
Dining Room: To make your dining room feel welcoming, center your plush rug beneath your dining room table. Be sure to leave about two to three feet of excess rug on each side for the chairs to be pushed in and out.
Bedroom: You can use a thick area rug with your bed by laying it all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. With thick rugs in particular, you may lay them out along the side of the bed or in the middle of the room itself if the bed isn’t centered in the middle of the bedroom.
Kitchen/Bathroom: In either of these rooms, you can add comfort and style with small thick rugs. 2x3 or 3x5 rugs are common in front of sinks in both spaces, but bathrooms can also use them in front of a tub or showers. Runners are also a great choice for either room where you want to establish a walkway or add comfort to an area you tend to stand still.
Size/Shape: Once you know your ideal layout, it’s time to consider the size and shape of the rug. Popular sizes for medium to large rooms include 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12, but there are plenty of rugs in between or bigger/smaller. When you choose the size of your rug, make sure it’s balanced with the size of the room itself and the other furniture/decor. As for shape, there are the standard options of round, rectangular, and runner, but there are other choices like oval, square, or even animal hides. Each one impacts the tone of the room and how balanced it is overall, so be intentional with the shape you choose.
Pattern: Next up, it’s time to think about what design you want your thick area rug to showcase. There are solid color choices out there, but there are also contemporary, vintage, traditional, and oriental prints to choose from. The key to choosing your rug’s pattern is to get one that expresses your personal style and connects to the other decor. This way, the room is thematically and stylistically consistent.
Color: Last but certainly not least is color. Color is instrumental in setting the tone and style, and each shade of color conveys its own mood. Popular colors like white, grey, green, black, and red each come in a variety of shades and color combinations to sift through. When you’re choosing a color palette for the rug, be sure that it connects to the other decor in similar shading and also conveys the same tone.
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