How a Mauve Area Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A mauve area rug can highlight your room’s decor by connecting to it thematically, visually, and stylistically. Whenever you choose to add a rug to your home, it shouldn’t work against the decor; it should actually highlight the decor, since the rug works with each piece to accomplish your creative vision.
Decorating With a Mauve Area Rug
Mauve is a beautiful color that has feminine pink tones without being relegated to being gender-specific. You can choose a rug that uses mauve as the primary color or go with one where it’s just a subtle accent. Within that, you have your pick of styles--from modern and contemporary all the way to traditional or vintage, mauve area rugs are available in a wide array of interior design styles.
Choosing Which Mauve Area Rug is Right for You
As you shop for a mauve rug that is perfect for you, it’s vital to think through some key parameters.
Position: First, determine your room’s overall layout and where you want to situate your rug within that. Take these guidelines as ideas to get you started.
Living Room: Oftentimes, large mauve area rugs are centered within your main seating area. Depending on the size of the living room, you can place the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath them. Another idea is to use a smaller rug in another part of the room to establish a separate area.
Dining Room: When you place a mauve rug in your dining room, center it beneath your table. Be sure to leave about two-three feet of excess rug on each side/end for the chairs to be comfortably moved.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point in the bedroom, try layering a rug under the bed. You have the option of how far the rug will go under the bed; some rooms will have the rug all the way under the bed while others will have it two-thirds of the way under it or closer to the foot of the bed. If your bed isn’t in the middle of the room and is off to one side, center a rug in the middle of the room to tie multiple areas together and create visual interest in that space.
Kitchen: Use 2x3 or 3x5 mauve rugs in front of a sink or stove to provide comfort and style. If you have narrow walkways in your kitchen, use a runner rug to establish those paths.
Bathroom: 2x3 and 3x5 rugs are a great addition in bathrooms as well when they’re placed in front of a tub, sink, or shower. Runners are also ideal if you want to establish a double vanity.
Outdoors: You can dress up your deck, patio, porch, or other outdoor area with a mauve outdoor rug. For layout ideas, check out similar indoor areas.
Shape/Size: Once the layout’s set, consider the shape and size of the rug. Rectangular, round, and runner are three common shapes that are easy to work with, but there are other options as well if you want to do something different or work in a difficult footprint. As for size, whatever size you choose shouldn’t be too large or too small for the room. Being intentional with both size and shape will help you strike the proper visual balance so that it all looks to scale.
Pattern: Since mauve is such a versatile color, it’s available in a wide array of designs and patterns. Oriental and Persian designs are great for more traditional homes, while mauve modern and abstract prints are ideal in more contemporary spaces. No matter what design you choose, go with one that matches the style of the rest of your decor and isn’t too busy or too plain for that room.
Color: As stated earlier, you can choose how prominent you want mauve to be in your rug. Do you want it to be the main color, a highly present one, or just a minor accent color? The key in choosing a rug’s color palette is to connect it to the rest of the room’s color scheme with similar hues and tone. With those two facets in mind, you can create a space that is consistent with both style and tone.
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