A low pile rug can highlight your room’s decor by adding to the room’s color scheme, style, and theme. If you really want your rug to connect to the decor, then look for colors that are in the same family and convey the same tone. Plus, look at the rug’s design for imagery and shapes that may connect to your other wall art, pillows, and furniture. For example, if your rug uses straight, clean lines, then focus on finding similar lines elsewhere in the room. Creating simple connections like these allow each piece of decor to shine.
Decorating With a Low Pile Rug
One of the biggest perks of decorating with a low pile area rug is that they are easy to clean and smoother to touch. Plus, they’re less of a tripping hazard. These three factors make low pile rugs an ideal choice for rooms with a lot of foot traffic and movement. Don’t think that “low pile” means “low comfort,” though! These rugs can still be very soft and comfortable, so even with a low pile area rug, you’re not giving up comfort or style when you focus on practicality.
Choosing Which Low Pile Rug is Right for You
As you shop through a wide selection of low pile rugs, consider these primary areas to help you focus your search.
Position: One of your first steps should be to determine your room’s layout and where the rug fits into that. There are no hard-set rules for layout, so take the following ideas as guidelines to get you started.
Living Room: Low pile rugs are often centered with the main seating area. Because of their low height, many people will place the furniture on top of them, even if it’s just the front legs of the seats. Other popular layouts include placing the rug right in front of the furniture or all the way under the seats.
Office: Since these rugs are so easy to clean, low pile area rugs are an ideal choice for the office! Once again, you can layer it under the furniture, like all the way under the desk or under the bottom two-thirds of it. If the desk is off to one side, you can still center the rug in the middle of the room itself.
Dining Room: Once again, a low pile rug is ideal for a dining room so that the chairs don’t get caught on the rug as they’re being pushed in or pulled out. Center your rug beneath your table and leave about two-three feet of excess for the chairs.
Kitchen/Bathroom: Both kitchens and bathrooms benefit from low pile rugs like 2x3’s in front of the sinks. Otherwise, use a low pile runner rug in narrow spaces or in front of a bathroom’s double vanity.
Shape/Size: Once you know your ideal layout, consider the size that works best within that. For small rooms or spaces, 3x5, 4x6, and 5x7 low pile rugs are popular choices. However, you can continue to go up in size to 6x9 and 8x10 rugs for medium rooms, and then there are 10x12 and larger for big rooms. As for shape, rectangular and runner rugs may be a common choice, but you can find low pile area rugs that are round, square, octagonal, and many other shapes. Being intentional with shape allows you to work in rooms with unique footprints or just make a stylistic statement.
Pattern: Fortunately, low pile rugs are popular in a variety of styles. You’ll find patterns that spread all the way from oriental and persian all the way to modern and geometric rugs. There are plenty more styles in between those extremes, so no matter what your personal style is, there are plenty of patterns to choose from so you can decorate with one that suits you.
Color: There are plenty of colors to choose from as well. Black, white, ivory, red, blue, and green are colors that pop up in a variety of styles, and when it comes to choosing your rug’s color palette, focus on what mood those colors create. Look at the primary and accent colors of the rug as well as how bright the colors are; both these factors play a big role in determining the rug’s style and mood.
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