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How To Use An Area Rug

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

You all too easily find several articles that tell you how to use an area rug to lend a little bit of character to any particular room. What we’d like to do though is to show you how to spice up an entire room with the rug as the starting point.

Before we discuss further, ask yourself if you already have a theme or design in mind for a particular room. What colors do you want to use? What items do you want to incorporate? Once you’ve answered these main questions, it’s time to shop for that perfect rug, that one thing which will become the centerpiece of your room. Given this objective, it’s a good idea to choose rugs that can live up to the standard of being the room’s focal point. These are Persian, Oriental and Transitional rugs. The last kind is named as such because of its ability to mix various colors and elements in just one creation. Simply put, this is a multi-faceted, flexible material.

Whatever you choose, you are assured that each of these types can attract anyone’s attention, even yours whenever you enter that room. You might be familiar with the designs of a Persian or Oriental rug and have noticed that a common element is a central medallion typically in bold, loud colors. This of course always easily becomes the room’s focal object.

As soon as your rug has been chosen, it’s time to consider the other decor elements. Remember, as the rug is the focal point of the room, all other items will have to be accessories to this focal point. This means they should complement it in color but otherwise be rather neutral, though definitely not boring. Consider items such as an ottoman, an armoire or even a chair with a fine pattern that will match the rest of the room. The key here is to have a combination of textures, such as soft and hard, dull and shiny, rough and smooth, etc.

If you have already selected your furnishings and other embellishments, another accent to consider is an artwork. Paintings are real gems in making any room look good. They have this sophisticated quality that can change a simple room into an elegant place in a snap, added to being a great conversation starter. One can just ask too many questions about art. If you’re not really into it, a mere query of the price and the artist can go a long way for a good talk.

Once you are happy with all the furniture and art, another thing that will have to be paid attention to is the lighting. Does the room get plenty of natural sunlight? What kind of lighting does the room have at night? Having a couple of spotlights focused on key items could enhance the ambience of a place and supply it with a smoldering warm look.

No, we’re not yet finished with rugs. Last one, utilize more area rugs for specific places within the room. It can be the couch or even in the artworks area. As long as they match the over-all look of the room, the sky is the limit. Just don’t use more than one big-sized rug. Small ones accentuate but big ones split the room. I would guess you prefer a harmonious ambiance and not otherwise.

If you found this information about rug decorating helpful, then you will adore these modern round rugs.

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