How an Off-White Area Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
An off-white area rug can highlight your room’s decor by accentuating the room’s color scheme, reinforcing the style, and setting the tone. Your rug should actually bring a spotlight to your decor, because when each element of the room works together to create one stunning space, each piece that contributes to the design is even more remarkable.
Decorating With an Off-White Area Rug
When you're decorating with an off-white area rug, you have so many ways to go about it. Aside from being available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and pile heights, these rugs are also available in hundreds of designs and color palettes. Whether you’re leaning towards modern style, rustic, or something else, you can find an off-white rug that’s perfect for creating your personal style.
Choosing Which Off-White Area Rug is Right for You
Since there are so many choices out there for off-white area rugs, you may be wondering where to even begin your search. Well, one good place to start is thinking through these key areas.
Position: Step one is looking at your room’s layout and deciding where to place a rug within that. These ideas will serve to guide you in the right direction.
Living Room: To establish your main seating area, center a rug within those seats. You have the option of placing the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further under the chairs. Another option is to use a smaller off-white rug in another corner of the room to establish a separate sitting area.
Dining Room: When you’re measuring to place an off-white area rug beneath your dining room table, measure so that you have approximately two or three feet of excess rug on each side so the chairs can be comfortably moved.
Bedroom: There are many different layouts for bedrooms. If your bed is centered along a wall, make it the central focal point by dressing it up and adding a rug under the bed. If your bed is off to one side, then try placing a rug in the middle of the room or along the side of the bed.
Kitchen: 2x3 or 3x5 rugs are a great addition in front of a kitchen sink or stove. Alternatively, use an off-white runner rug in narrow kitchen spaces.
Bathroom: Bathrooms will use the same sized rugs as kitchens, and they’ll be used in similar ways. Place small rugs in front of sinks, tubs, or showers, or use a runner rug in front of a vanity.
Shape/Size: Next up, determine your ideal size and shape. With both these facets, look at what shape and size will be to scale (visually balanced) with the room itself and the furniture. Small sizes have been recommended above, but check out other common sizes like 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12 rugs for medium to large rooms. The specific size depends highly on your room size and how much you plan on layering it with the furniture, so take your specific plan into account before choosing your final size.
Pattern: The design of your rug really defines the style of your off-white area rug. Along with the pattern of the rug, the material that the rug is made of and the pile height also impact the appearance of the rug’s design. Some options to consider are off-white wet grass rugs, braided rugs, fluffy rugs, shag rugs, and so many more. Within these finishes and looks, you can find patterns in a variety of styles, so choose an appearance and design that fits with your personal style.
Color: When you’re looking at off-white area rugs, you still need to consider how prominent you want the off-white tones to be and what other colors are used in the rug. Common colors paired with off-white include black, grey, blue, beige, pink, and so many others. Choose a color palette that connects to your existing decor and make sure the rug’s color scheme conveys the same tone as the rest of the room.
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