Finding the right area rug for your room is one of the most important decisions you make for your home’s interior design. A well designed room is filled with lots of different pieces of furniture, each with their own personality; they need something like an area rug to tie all of these pieces together.
Choosing the perfect rug is a tough decision, and many homeowners make major mistakes when choosing an area rug. That’s why we’re here to help. We’re going to share tips on getting the right size and style rug that fits your lifestyle.
So let’s jump in with our guide on how to find the perfect rug.
Most rugs are too small for their room. Finding the right size rug is tricky because the right size is often bigger than you think. You want the rug to take up a good amount of space, and you also need the rug to help define space.
There should be 10-20 inches of floor between the edges of your rug and your walls. Depending on the size you can go a little less if the room is especially small, or a little more if your room is excessively large.
You also want to make sure that the rug is centered on the floor. Keeping an equal amount of space between the rug and the wall around every corner.
You also want to use your rug to help define and segment space, especially if you have an open concept area. An open concept home doesn’t mean that there are no walls per se, it just means that you don’t see the walls. You still need to divide the room and create imaginary walls to divide the space. Otherwise, open concept idea ends up just looking like one big mess. A
And rugs are a great way to segment that space. Find where your imaginary walls are, and then get a rug that still grants 10-20 inches of space between the edge of the rug and your imaginary wall. And then you have a beautifully segmented and organized open space.
Finding the right style rug is almost as important as finding the right size. You want something that matches the furniture, but also matches yourself and your personality.
We have a few tips that can help you, but ultimately you have to choose the aesthetic that works for you:
- Use Persian or European style for a classic traditional look
- Use low pile and flat weave for a rug that will get a lot of wear and tear. If you want something fancier, then move towards something softer with a higher pile.
- Don’t use white if you have kids. That goes for anything, but especially for rugs. Same also goes if there are adults who act like kids.
- First and foremost, go with whatever makes you happen.
A lot goes into finding the perfect rug. But when you consider size, space, and style you can find the perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle.
With 2018 coming to close and 2019 rushing in, it’s not a bad idea to think about design projects for your home. Lots of homeowners have these projects on the backs of their minds so why not dedicate some resources to getting it done? If you’re thinking about doing some interior design work, try these four tips to help you out.
One of the most important concepts to understand in interior design is the first impression. When guests walk in from the front door, what is the first thing they see? First impressions play a huge role in building effectiveness in your design, so you want to make sure that the first impression, the first thing people see when they walk, is picture perfect.
A good general idea is to look for symmetry. That doesn’t mean that every room should have an exact mirror point, but that they are balanced. So for example, if you took all the of objects on the left side of the room and you take all the objects on the right side of the room, would the scale be even? Or would it tip towards one side? Try your best to make sure that each side has an equal amount of eye-catching stuff.
Busy vs. open
This is an important concept when talking about floors or walls. Do you want the design to be busy? Or do you want it to be more open? For example, grated tiles, brick, or wallpaper? Busy. There’s a lot going on in those intricate designs. But one color paint is open.
A good rule to follow is to use open designs in smaller spaces to make them seem bigger, and busier designs in larger spaces to give them more focus.
Be Smart with Paint
Paint is valuable but not just for your walls. Of course, the color of your walls is crucial, but save some of that paint. It might make a great accent around your mirrors or windows to create more color contrasts.
Alternatively, lots of homes have something to hide. If you have something like an exposed pipe, you can paint it the same color as your wall to give a camouflage effect. It will be noticeable, obviously, but it then fits the room and even creates an attractive urban atmosphere.
With the right design, you can make any space look attractive!
When designing your house, it’s important to consider how different elements blend together. You want your floors and walls to match, and you want your furniture to blend in as well. You want a variety of colors and a nice blend of cool and light. You want everything to look balanced and organized, without being too bland. Figuring out what works for your living space is very tough – that’s why interior designers can be very useful. But not everyone can afford an interior designer, nor is one always necessary. You can always learn a few useful tips to make sure your furniture, walls, and floor all work together nicely.
Floor Comes First
One of the first decisions you should make is between your floor and your walls. The first rule is to always start with your floors since that’s the most permanent aspect of the room. Make sure you have a floor you love and can draw a lot of inspiration. Everything else will come from the floor.
Subtle? Or Bold?
One of the first decisions you need to make about your home is whether you want to go subtle or bold. More specifically, do you want colors that stand out? Or would you prefer everything to really blend together? Bold designs involve a lot of contrast, such as dark hardwood with light walls featuring lots of primary colors where subtle designs might be closer to light hardwood and traditional wall colors such as off-white. Talk to your family and see if you can find something where you can all agree on, perhaps you can go bold but not too much, or you’re all enthusiastic about displaying your favorite colors. Usually, these compromises create the best looks.
Find the Right Colors
When looking for the right colors to match, you want to pick one that is present but also hidden. For example, hardwood floors have one or two main colors, but they also have hints of other colors as well. Maybe you can find a hint of yellow, or blue. Look at your floors and see if you can find the most hidden color – that will be the color of your wall.
From there, look at the colors present in both the wall and the floor, and do the same process. Look around for those super hidden colors and use your furniture to bring them out. Based on how bold or subtle you want to be, you can either embrace the most different colors or try to blend them all together.
Designing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. Work out with your family about what designs and colors you want, and see what will work with what you have. Especially when kids are involved, you can make this a lot of fun, and find ways to add everyone’s personality to that room.
Your home does not have to fit the exact definition of a “Country Farmhouse”, look 100% modern, or be entirely classically romantic. Strict style mandates such as those should be left to period homes used as museums. It is not realistic or ideal for your entire house to have a certain feel or style.
The most important part of any house are the people who call it home. Blending your unique personality and sense of style with your home’s existing structure will create a house that feels like your home.
When crafting the look of your home, it is possible to use the pieces you love, even if they do not match, without looking like a crazy person. Begin by considering the style of the exterior of your home and how this translates to the interior. A turn of the century farmhouse design inside a modern loft might not mesh well. You do not need to match the inside to the outside perfectly but an interior design that carries on qualities of the exterior of the house will create fluidity with the space. The architecture of your home may do this naturally with the layout of rooms or types of flooring used.
Color is important when blending styles. If your room design includes an inherited vintage chair, you can still incorporate a comfortable sofa for the family, just choose one that is the same color as the chair. This will help your room feel cohesive even if the furniture styles do not match.
Combine styles throughout an entire space. There is no need to have a side of the room designated as Scandinavian minimalism and another side meant to be the Romantic Bohemian corner. This looks odd, does not flow well and is jarring on the eye. Instead, choose Scandinavian type furniture designs with the rich prints and texture of Bohemian design for couch pillows, throws, and artwork.
Create a visually interesting room by matching the height of your furniture. An eclectic assortment of dining room chairs is visually pleasing if the chair backs are similar height. Mismatched nightstands or lamps on either side of the bed look appealing when they are similar heights, but may look junky or cluttered if they are all different sizes.
Think about the mood of the room you are designing. A family room is generally meant for relaxed, family time and may not be a great place for vintage, formal furniture. Use treasured heirlooms or antiques in a different space in the house or choose a few pieces as decoration.
If you are updating your space, consider the flooring that would look best with your style! Oak flooring blends well between styles since it can be stained lighter or darker. The type of wood works well in formal, casual, and rustic spaces. Wider planks of lighter woods make a space feel very cozy and comfortable while darker, thinner planks can make a space feel formal.
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Many of us flip through pages of home design magazines or furniture catalogs in awe of the perfect images we see. Beautiful hardwood floors, bowls of fresh flowers, and sparkling crystal look appealing in magazines and on television, but these rooms are staged for photography and do not represent real life.
Home décor trends have changed over the years, with comfortable and welcoming rooms replacing museum-like living rooms and fancy formal dining rooms. Homes that look too-perfect don’t look like anyone lives there!
Striking the right balance between a beautifully decorated, but lived-in home and one that just looks lived-in is easy to do! Design choices can also keep your house from looking stuffy or being so fancy you won’t be able to use certain rooms for everyday life.
Hardwood floors are beautiful, but a large expanse of gleaming floors can be broken up with small rugs for a splash of color and texture. If you are just installing hardwood floors, consider choosing hardwood floors with a wider plank. Many of these wider planks have imperfections such as knot holes and lines, which give the room a cozy, lived-in feel and keep the space from feeling overly formal.
Select furniture that is practical and serves your family well. Heavy, dark furniture or crisp white sofas that can’t be used daily may not work well for your family. The same rules apply to a formal dining room or fancy china cabinet, there are no rules that say you must have these spaces or items in your home. Practical and useful does not have to mean ugly or low-quality. Couches and chairs come in a wide range of fabrics to suit your family and dining room tables could be farmhouse-style, very trendy without looking stuffy and also will not show everyday wear and tear as easily as a more formal look.
Choose your artwork to match your space and lifestyle. Large oil paintings in heavy metal or dark wood frames may not fit well into your family room or breakfast nook. If artwork such as this is part of your collection, it can still work in a space but try to break it up with photographs or other drawings.
Clutter on surfaces or too much memorabilia make a space feel too lived-in, but memorabilia is a part of your family’s history and clutter is part of everyday life. Keep surfaces clean of papers and try to have good systems in place for dealing with clutter that comes into your home. Use books you have read and loved as decoration for an end table or coffee table. Favorite memorabilia from your life like a treasured heirloom or collection doesn’t have to be hidden away in storage. Artfully arranged, items like this authentically represent you and your family’s interests and life.