A compass rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing a color palette, accentuating the style, and really bringing in a theme. Your rug shouldn’t take away from your decor; by focusing on similar elements with color, style, and theme, you actually accentuate your decorations as a part of the room’s grander design.
Decorating With a Compass Rug
Decorating with a compass area rug is a great way to add theming to your home. You have your choice of which theme you want your compass rug to fall into. There are some rugs that are particularly nautical, others that are vintage, and even others that stray into more modern territory. No matter what your personal style is, you can find a compass rug that perfectly suits your vibe.
Choosing Which Compass Rug is Right for You
Since there’s so much possibility out there with compass rugs, you might not know how to start your search. Fortunately, if you think through these key areas, you’ll be well on your way to finding that perfect rug.
Position: First, look at your room and decide where exactly you want to place your rug and how it layers with the furniture. These general ideas will serve to get you started.
Living Room: When it comes to living rooms, you’ll likely center your compass rug in the middle of your main seating area. Within that, you have the option of placing the rug in front of the chairs, under their front legs, or further under the chairs. To make a smaller statement, use a rug in another corner of the room to establish a smaller seating area.
Dining Room: A compass rug can accentuate your dining room by laying directly beneath your table. Be sure to leave about two or three feet of excess on each side so the chairs can be comfortably pushed in and out.
Bedroom: If your bed is the central focal point in the bedroom or centered on a wall, layer your rug beneath the bed by placing it all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. In rooms where the bed is off to one side or against a wall, place a rug in the middle of the room or right along the side of the bed. This layout is especially common in nurseries and kids’ rooms, and it can be paired perfectly with a compass area rug.
Kitchen: Use small 2x3 or 3x5 compass rugs in front of your kitchen sink or stove top to establish those spaces visually and add comfort. If you’re in a galley kitchen or a kitchen with an island, use a compass runner rug to establish a path and still serve as a comfortable landing pad.
Bathroom: Bathrooms will use similarly sized rugs to kitchens and they’ll be used in similar ways. Use the small rugs in front of a sink, shower, or tub to add comfort and interest, and then consider using a runner in front of a double vanity or in a narrow path.
Outdoors: Because of their theming, compass rugs are great for outdoor spaces. Check out similar indoor areas for layout ideas for outdoor compass area rugs.
Shape/Size: The next step is to determine what size and shape work best within that layout. The most common shapes for compass rugs are rectangular and round, and each shape has its own set of perks. With both shape and size, look at how you can visually balance the room and collaborate with the furniture and decor.
Pattern: The pattern you choose will really emphasize how much you lean into theming and style. For example some round rugs will be a singular compass while other rectangular rugs will use multiple compasses to develop a pattern. The key in choosing a pattern is to look at how bold you want your theme to be and how that rug’s theme connects to the rest of the decor.
Color: Finally, you can look at the colors you want incorporated in the rug’s pattern. Popular colors include grey, beige, black, blue, and so many others. When you’re looking at color palettes, choose one that connects to your existing decor and furniture, but also make sure the colors convey the same tone. That way, you can create a room that is consistent in tone and style.
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