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How to Design an Entire Room Based on an Area Rug

In current design trends, it is encouraged to use area rugs in most rooms. While it is very practical to have area rugs over hardwood or tile flooring, it is also becoming popular to use rugs even in carpeted rooms. There are several reasons for this shift. Area rugs help to define spaces, make a room more comfortable and livable, and to create a finished look.

Area rugs help to define spaces

Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a color palette for each room in their home. It can feel like a lot of choices to decide what colors to use in each room and how to decorate, but one simple tip is to start with an area rug that you love. Once you’ve found a great rug, the rest is simple.

You can design an entire room based on what colors and designs are in the area rug you’ve selected. You can use any combination of colors and styles that will match well with your rug, but one good tip to follow is to pick subtle colors from the rug to accent in other ways in the room. For example, if a rug has small amounts of blue, you could get blue window treatments or a large piece of art that is blue to draw more attention to that color.

Rugs also vary based on texture and style. If you choose an oriental-style rug, you’ll likely keep the rest of the room’s décor traditional. However, if you choose a cowhide patterned area rug, you could follow a more rustic style.

Choosing an area rug first can help you narrow down the colors and styles that you want to introduce into a room, which will help you feel more confident in the interior design decision-making process.