Anchor Away

Area Rugs are a great way to anchor a space.  With the ever-so popular open floor plan concept, area rugs work well to define a particular area within a larger space.  Area rugs can be found in neutral hues with little to no pattern or they can be bright and entertaining, acting as the focal point of a room.  Not only do they look lovely but rugs also add acoustic properties to a room with hard surface flooring like wood or tile, as well as a softness and warmth. 

Although it is not seen often, you can also use area rugs in carpeted spaces as well.  So, try throwing an area rug over that beige wall to wall carpeting and making a statement.  And just think, if you get tired of the area rug you can easily replace it, giving your room a total transformation!


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Area Rugs 101:

  • Placement of rugs - Straight or diagonal?  I like symmetry; however a fun way to add visual interest is to angle the rug.  This is a great way to direct your eye to a focal point in your space.  A cost effective way to get a great look is by purchasing a smaller rug which will add a lot of pizazz to your room for less.


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Angled rug

  • Furniture feet on or off the rug?  Whatever you do, I feel that you should have at least two feet of sofas and chairs on the rug. For example: place your sofa with the two front feet or legs a few inches on the area rug.


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  • Dining room rugs:  Finding an area rug for your dining room can be tricky which is why many people avoid it all together. When choosing a rug size for your dining area, typically one that is 24”-30” beyond the edge of the table on all four sides will work (keep in mind, when chairs are pulled out and being sat in comfortably, all four legs of the chairs should remain on the rug. There is nothing worse than eating a meal at a table where your chair is teetering on the edge of a rug).  If food stains are a concern for you, stick with a rug darker in color with lots of pattern to hide any unforgiving stains.


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Layered Rugs


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