How Medium Pile Rugs Can Highlight Your Room Decor
Medium pile area rugs can highlight your room’s decor by connecting to an existing color scheme, reinforcing the room’s tone, and furthering the room’s style. A rug and decor should never be competing with one another; instead, they should work hand-in-hand towards creating a cohesive room. When this is the case, each element will have a chance to shine as essential parts of the room’s grand design.
Decorating With Medium Pile Rugs
Medium pile rugs are perfect for people who want extra thickness without going up to higher pile and shag rugs. These rugs still tend to be quite easy to maintain and care for, especially based on what material makes up the rug. The material of the rug also impacts its durability and practicality. For example, wool is a high quality material that allows your rug to have extra texture and durability.
Choosing Which Medium Pile Rug is Right for You
When looking for the best medium pile rug, it’s important to consider a few key areas.
Position: Early on, it’s essential to decide on the room’s layout. Each room is obviously unique with size, layout, and furniture, but these general guidelines will give you some ideas.
Living Room: The most common layout for living room rugs is to center a large living room rug within your main seating area. In these cases, the rug can sit in front of the furniture, under the front legs of the seats, or further under them.
Dining Room: Dining room rugs are often centered beneath the table and have an extra one or two feet on each side/end so that the chairs are comfortably on the rug at all times. The rugs also tend to be the same shape as the table for symmetry and balance.
Bedroom: If your bed is centered along a wall or is the main focal point, then you can further highlight it by layering a rug directly under the bed. Rugs can look great when they are all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. If the bed is off to one side, consider using a rug in the middle of the room or runner rugs along the sides of the bed.
Kitchen: Medium pile rugs can also work well in kitchens. 2x3 and 3x5 rugs are often used in front of sinks and stoves, or you can use a medium pile runner rug in that same area to create a longer path.
Bathroom: Runners also work well in bathrooms where you want to create a walkway or highlight a double vanity. Otherwise, 2x3 and 3x5 rugs are great options for accenting tubs, showers, and sinks.
Size/Shape: After the layout is set, you can finalize the size and shape of the rug. Both these aspects will change depending on the size of the room and how much you’d like the furniture to overlap with the rug. Some smaller sizes were recommended above, but for larger spaces, consider 8x10, 9x12, and 10x12 medium pile area rugs.
Pattern: Medium pile rugs come in all sorts of designs. Oriental, Persian, geometric, abstract, and boho might be the most common ones, but there are styles other than these and prints that can blend multiple styles. When surveying rug patterns, look at your existing decor for any similar imagery, motifs, or shapes that can tie the rug into the rest of the room.
Color: Color is another aspect that can connect a medium pile rug to other decor and furniture. Neutral colors like black, white, grey, and beige are popular across a variety of styles, but there are other hues that can convey softer tones or create bold statements. Once again, look at your existing decor and style to determine the tone you want to set and what color palette can reinforce your room’s color scheme.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medium Pile Rugs
Why should you choose a medium pile rug?
A medium pile rug is a good choice for people with allergies because it traps dust and other particles, which can help to reduce the incidence of asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. Additionally, a medium pile rug will help to keep your floors warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Can you machine wash an medium pile rug?
You can machine wash a medium pile rug, but it's important to use the right type of detergent and to follow the instructions on the rug's label. Some rugs are made with natural fibers like wool or cotton, while others are made with synthetic materials like polyester. It's important to use a detergent that is specifically designed for rugs, as most ordinary laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals that can damage the fibers in a rug over time. If you're not sure which type of detergent to use, consult with an experienced rug cleaner or manufacturer before washing your rug. Also be sure to read the instructions on the label carefully, and follow them step-by-step for best results.
Where should you place a medium pile rug?
Medium pile rugs are perfect for rooms such as the bedroom, dining room or kitchen!
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