How to Use Rugs to Decorate Your Home

Marc Gordon
Jan 10, 2022

There are many ways rugs can be used to enhance your home decor. Area rugs are a great investment if you are looking to define spaces within a room, anchor a color scheme, or even just make your space feel cozier. If you were wondering what you should and shouldn’t do when getting an area rug, you’ve come to the right place.

Living room with Persian rug

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First of all, always measure your space and furniture before buying an area rug. You want your rug to extend under all the key pieces of furniture in your room so that it looks purposeful. Also, take into account the high traffic areas in your space – they should be fully covered by your area rug. That is, people shouldn’t be walking with one foot on the floor and another on the rug.

If you are buying a rug for your bedroom, take a deep breath. This will probably be an expensive investment, but we promise it’s an important one. Your area rug needs to be large enough to extend beyond the bed so you don’t have to step onto the cold floor first thing in the morning. Generally, double beds call for at least an extra 12 inches on each of its sides, while queen or king beds call for a minimum of 18 inches in each direction.┬áThis is why it’s extremely important to measure not only your room but also the pieces of furniture – after all, buying a rug of the wrong size can end up being a costly mistake.