Posted on June 21 2019
Area rugs are the unsung hero of designers around the world. With hardwood and tile remaining classic flooring choices and luxury vinyl continuing to rise in popularity, carpeting is becoming less common in homes. No matter your flooring of choice, you can keep the comfort of carpeting and capture your own style by incorporating area rugs into your design.
Take some inspiration from Joanna Gaines and find the perfect area rug for any room. Whether you’re looking to add coziness, texture or color to your space, or needing to find that one piece to anchor your design and pull the room together, area rugs are a favorite tool of designers for their functionality and versatility. Follow our tips to channel your inner Joanna Gaines and pick the perfect area rug for your space!
Choose the Right Style
Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, but one important decision is the proper pile height. High-pile rugs have long fibers and tend to look and feel soft. Low-pile rugs feature shorter and more compact fiber loops. Consider high-pile rugs for your bedroom and living room to add softness and warmth underfoot. With their shorter fibers, low-pile rugs are more durable and easier to vacuum and spot clean, making them great choices for high traffic areas like entry ways and kitchens.
Marry Comfort and Functionality
Area rugs serve important functions while also bringing style and comfort to your space. For your dining room, consider a dark patterned, low-pile rug under your table to hide stains and allow chairs to move freely. In your home office, try a sturdy low-pile rug under your desk and chair to replace those unsightly plastic mats. An area rug will reduce noise, so you’ll be able to focus on your work. In addition to its functionality, Joanna loves an area rug under her desk to help the workspace feel cozy and welcoming.
Area rugs can keep your hardwood, laminate or tile flooring clean and free of wear or damage. Plus, your furry friends will love them! If your bedroom or living room has a hard surface floor, help your pets out by adding a soft rug for them to lay on or place a rug under the bed or couch to keep them from sliding as they try to jump up next to you. Your pets will be happy and you’ll love that the rug can help prevent scratches from their nails.
Embrace Color and Texture
Use an area rug to bring on the color and let your personality shine. When decorating a room, designers recommend using three main colors to create a color story. An area rug is a perfect way to anchor your color story by embracing one or more of those hues or providing the neutral backdrop for your colorful décor. You can also choose an area rug that introduces a new texture to complement your furniture. Create contrast with different textures, such as choosing a soft and fluffy rug to complement a sleek leather sofa.
With so many options and considerations of style, color and texture, choosing the right area rug for your space can feel like a challenge. Contact our Molyneaux design consultants to create a custom area rug designed with your lifestyle and décor in mind. Once you’ve found your perfect area rug, sit back and relax, knowing you’re styling like a pro.