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Using More Than One Area Rug

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

With many people making the switch from wall to wall carpeting to wood floors and tile, there is more of a need than ever for area rugs. But many people think that they can only have one area rug per room or that they all have to match. This is not true. Having several area rugs of different designs in your rooms will give your home that eclectic look that most folks find appealing and cozy. Using multiple area rugs in a room has become an acceptable fashion trend and is featured in many homes. You should consider the colors, the styles of the rugs as well as the use when you use multiple area rugs in your home.

Utilizing colors can be unnerving especially if you don’t want your house to look like a circus. Here’s a very simple tip: use a theme or motif. This is easy. Just think of a favorite color. If you have none, consider the color that best describes you. If you’re still shaking your head no (you’re too private for that opening up of yourself thing), think of the color that had an impression on you, maybe a friend’s wall paint or a home magazine feature, and consider that color to use as your own. It’s actually better to have at least two shades so your house will not have a monotone look, unless that’s your goal in the first place, and use those in choosing for your furniture, accents and area rugs. Having a color scheme may sound too military but it works because your decors will have a more organized look.

For area rugs’ style, dissimilar is acceptable as long as there is another element that complements each other. color is an important one to consider. Black and whites are a classic but there are other tones that match surprisingly well with other brights and darks as well. My personal favorites are the combinations of yellow and green, red and white, two different shades of pink, and black and orange for the funkiest look of all. Take advantage of the availability of colors in choosing the rug style. Oriental rugs and modern rugs can blend nicely together given the right shades. A longer area rug fits just as well with a shorter one if they have similar designs or one common tone. And the possibilities go on…

Also consider use. Area rugs should be placed under tables, walkways or entrances to rooms. In kitchens and bathrooms, area rugs are placed where people tend to stand. In order to use multiple area rugs in one room, place them in areas where they are functional so that the room will look pulled together. Thin rugs can be placed in walkways or between rooms while larger rugs can be placed under furniture.

Moreover, rugs are not only for the floor. You can hang them on the walls too as a replacement for a more expensive painting. Ideal with this style is the bigger rugs. As for the shape – round, rectangular, square, octagon, diamond…doesn’t really matter. As long as it looks good with the rest of the room, go for it.

Multiple area rugs do change one’s home. Just how sudden and easy they can beautify your rooms is proof enough of their effectiveness as home decorations.

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