Whether you’re just moving into a home or remodeling your old styles, area rugs are an essential accessory to use. Strategic choices of carpet design and size can take a room and transform it into something completely new and exciting!
Using rugs is especially crucial if you’re renting a place. Buyers can renovate with new floors, but tenants have limits for how they redesign their homes.
Area rugs have come a long way from the dust-collecting shag and patchwork pieces of the past. Some of today’s carpets leave you wondering if you’re walking on fabric or clouds.
When it comes to choosing design schemes, the sky is the limit. If you imagine it — it likely exists.
The problem with all these fabrics and designs is that you need to know how to pick the carpet that will complement your room. Yes, even if it’s not your favorite color.
To use rugs in a way that creates a metamorphosis of your current living area, keep these five tips in mind.
1. Rugs Can Mark Spaces
Walls aren’t the only way to separate rooms and activity areas. When your rooms are awkwardly spaced apart, or you have a studio apartment, you have to get creative with how you handle privacy.
One way to do this is to use room dividers, but these are often flimsy or cumbersome. If you don’t need the visible covering to split one area from another, why not use area rugs?
The strategic use of rugs can demarcate the border between one area and another.
Try putting a large area rug under your couch, and then a different one under the dining room table in the same room. This shows, even without the obvious inclusion of walls or doors, that these are two distinct areas.
2. When You Want a Theme, Use Rugs
Have you ever walked into a house, and automatically you’re transported back to a time in your childhood or another emotional event? This is common — sights, sounds, and smells in a room can trigger memories of other places.
Every home has a mood of some sort, whether it’s intentional or not. If you’re trying to create a specific atmosphere, you can use colors, patterns, artwork, and furniture to do so.
Whatever your theme is, area rugs are a great way to tie your rooms together.
It’s easy to design a seamless transition between rooms by using area rugs with a comparable color palette. If you’d rather not match too much, just add purposeful variety in every room with complementing patterns and hues.
3. Add to Your Wall Decor
Empty walls call out for covering with something, but what?
Maybe framed pictures aren’t your style, or you can’t put too many holes in the wall. You can still turn that bland wall into a stylish focal point in your room by using area rugs.
Yes, rugs aren’t just for the floor anymore.
Maybe you’re looking to cover a wall and aren’t sure how. Or you have a gorgeous rug that is too beautiful to touch the ground. Whatever the case is, using an area rug as wall decor adds color, texture, and comfort to any room.
To use a rug correctly as decor for your wall, first determine the overall theme of the room.
What colors are dominant? Which ones are accents?
Find a rug that pulls out the accent colors if you want the focus to be on your other main color choices. Pick a bold, vibrant carpet if that’s where you want to draw the eye.
Whatever you do, make sure you hang the rug carefully. You could use drills and screws, but if you need to avoid significantly damaging the wall or rug (or both!), there are other options.
4. Create a Path
Certain places in the home are less furniture-friendly. But that doesn’t mean they have to be bare.
In areas that are otherwise blah and boring, rugs are the perfect way to spice things up. You can define hallways, foyers, porches, and other pathways by carpeting.
When you need to connect rooms through a long path or open space, a carpet runner does the job. It can also serve as the transition from one decor scheme to another, connecting them through a common theme.
They come in many designs and are available for indoor and outdoor use. With so many options, it’s easy to find a carpet runner to create a pathway anywhere in your home.
5. Rugs to Add Warmth and Layers
Rugs add texture and color to a room, but they can do so much more to enhance the senses!
A rug speaks a silent language in any room. It tells the story of the mood you should have when you enter, whether it’s loud and happy or calm and relaxed.
Of course, the feeling of soft fabric is pleasurable. Any layer of fabric between the cold, bare floor and your bare feet is terrific. But when you layer rugs together, the warmth spreads from a physical sensation to a mental attitude.
Rugs with texture create this feeling of contentment. You can also layer multiple area rugs together for a cohesive but unique look.
Thick layers of rugs are comfortable underneath your feet but can be dangerous. Be sure to use carpet anchors or a pad to keep your rug from slipping around on the floor.
Transforming your apartment with permanent solutions might end up costing you in the long run. If your landlord isn’t happy with the changes, you could pay with your security deposit and then some.
But area rugs are an easy way to make the atmosphere of your home change without harming the structure. When you’re ready to move, you can roll them up and take them with you, or donate them to the next tenant!
Aaron Hunt is the Property Manager of Prime Place UNL, a student apartment complex near UNL.