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Decorating Your Home With Rugs

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Using smaller-than-room-size rugs to highlight particular areas in a room can be challenging if not daunting, due to several subjective factors that affect the choice of rugs and their placement. However, as in many instances there are ‘rules’ or norms that may be followed when placing rugs in a room. Some of these are the following:

Use a rug to fill up a large room. You can do this by choosing a corner or section of a large room to place a rug. Choose a size like 4′x6′ or 5′x7′ so it won’t be too large. You may want to choose a hexagon shape or round shape to enhance the look in that area. Try placing a small table on top of the rug. Barely place the front legs of each chair on the rug and the rest of the chair can be off the rug.

When using rugs in your dining room you will want to measure your table top and then add a minimum of two feet around in order to allow the chairs to be pushed back or forth and not be off the rug. If you do not allow for this extra room your chairs may go off the rug and cause the corners and edges to get caught up in the chair.

However, china cabinets, serving tables or other items of furniture should not rest on the rug.

When using rugs in the bedroom place several small rugs around the bed and in front of the dresser. Avoid placing large rugs in the bedroom that will only go under the bed. This will make the rug hard to clean and possibly infected with moths or insects and you may not even know it.

When placing rugs down in the bedroom be sure to center the rugs so they balance out the room.

If you have an empty area in front of your fireplace or a bookshelf you may want to try centering a rug in front of it. When you add a rug it helps to give life and decor to that particular area and compliments the rest of the room instead of taking over it. You may want to consider an oriental rug for these areas.

When choosing a rug for your home make sure you carefully consider hand made rugs as well as machine made rugs. A hand made rug will be more dependable and put together more sturdy and may be used in high traffic areas because of the durability.

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Osborne-Wilson, Abbie "Decorating Your Home With Rugs." Decorating Your Home With Rugs. 19 Mar. 2009. 30 Apr 2015 <>.

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