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Style Your Décor Around Your Favorite Bold Rug

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Style Your Décor Around Your Favorite Bold Rug
Have you ever found the perfect bold rug that would look amazing in your home, just to realize that it will be nearly impossible to tie it into any of your rooms? That feeling of disappointment is frustrating, and it takes the joy out of decorating your home. But, there is good news! Even the boldest, most colorful rug—no matter how intimidating it is—can be brought home and worked into the room of your choice. You just need the right approach. Here are some helpful décor tips to help you style your room around any bold rug! 9 Décor Tips for Using a Bold Rug in Any Room 1. Large Pieces of Furniture Should Be Neutral Colors When choosing a room for your new bold rug, choose one with the largest pieces of furniture in neutral colors like white, espresso, or charcoal. For example, a bold rug in your living room will look amazing in front of a neutral-colored couch—just make sure the rug is in relation to the couch. 2. Choose Accessories in a Color That Matches the Rug To ensure that your rug blends in with a room’s décor, choose a color from it and bring in a handful of small accessories in the same color. For example, if your rug has a lovely hue of blue, make your throw pillows the same color. 3. Rich Hues Deserve Rich Wall Colors Many people think that if they have a beautiful, overdyed rug in rich hues, they should put it in a room where the wall colors are "safe", like white. But the opposite is actually true. You should complement the rich hues in your rug with rich wall colors. For example, your rug might look a lot better in a room with warm gray walls than one with white or light cream walls. 4. Be Playful! If you don’t embrace a playful spirit, you will find it difficult to tie a room together with your bold rug. A colorful and bright rug can bring joy and life to a room, and you should use that to decorate the rest of the room. Match flowers, accessories, and wall art to the rug. You can also experiment with putting the rug on a carpet or putting two rugs together. 5. Black and White Goes With Anything Sometimes it’s the rug pattern that’s bold and beautiful, not its colors. If you found a lively, patterned black and white rug, you're lucky! Thanks to these colors, your rug can be put anywhere because it goes with almost anything. 6. Emphasize Your Rug With a Clear Coffee Table Don’t hide your bold rug under a heavy coffee table. Use a clear table so all its beauty can be appreciated. A see-through piece can elevate the room and using a clear table will also give your space a more modern ambiance. 7. Monochrome for the Win If you feel that your rug is causing an overload of bright and bold colors, go with monochrome to complement it and tie the room together. Use the same hue in different shades (along with white and other neutral colors) to give the room more harmony. 8. Think Outside of the Room If nothing is working for you, it’s time to think outside of the box. Or, in this case, outside of the room. Your favorite bold rug doesn’t have to be put away because it clashes with your décor — put it on your stairs or in your entryway! 9. Tone Things Down With Warm Colors Adding a bold rug to a room can energize it, but if you don’t want that, you can tone things down a bit by adding warm colors. Add calming colors like greens and blues or rich and warmer colors like burgundy and brown to the room. Go On, Use That Bold Rug! Bold rugs are beautiful and make for really great statement pieces. If you have a favorite one or spotted one while out shopping, don’t hesitate to use it! The tips shared here will make your task of styling your décor around your rug a little easier, so you don’t have any excuses. Your space should be what you want it to be, and if you want a big, bold rug in your home, go for it!
Create an Enviable Bedroom With the Right Wall Art

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Create an Enviable Bedroom With the Right Wall Art
When choosing the right wall art for the master bedroom, there really is no right or wrong. It all comes down to your unique preferences and the vision you have for your space. That said, this doesn't mean your selection process should be automatic or the same as choosing art for other rooms in your house. The bedroom has its own distinct function: to help you relax and unwind after an arduous day and create the best atmosphere to rest. Consequently, the art you choose for your living room or dining room has different functions from the wall hangings in your bedroom. To help you make your all-important purchase, we've got some practical advice for finding art that will transform your master bedroom into the haven you deserve. Considerations When Choosing Wall Art for the Master Bedroom Let's take a quick look at what you need to keep in mind while shopping for bedroom wall art. Color Matters Choose colors that go well with your existing theme and create the right mood. Soothing colors like grays and muted shades work well. Some people prefer some moodiness or drama in their bedroom, so dark colors like deep browns, purples, or even black are a great choice. Size Sizing and proportion are vital to factor in. The size of the art in relation to the wall is just as important as the size of a rug in relation to your bed. A common mistake is opting for art that is too small in proportion to the wall and your bedroom size. However, you're not limited to only buying large artwork. If you prefer, you can group two or three medium-sized pictures or multiple small ones. A group of framed photos is a great way to make a statement in the room while also surrounding yourself with good memories and loved ones. Once you have a general idea of the size(s) of your artwork, we recommend marking it out with chalk on the walls. Measure these lines and be on the lookout for art that has similar dimensions. Meaningful Art The wall art you decorate your master bedroom with must have a special place in your heart. Take your time and shop around until you find art you truly love. There are also a number of ways to personalize art. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, you can create your own art. Abstract art is relatively fail-safe for beginners. Just use colors that match the color palette of your room. Frames Framed art can often have a more traditional or formal feel. If you're looking for something contemporary or relaxed, art without frames is likely to be a better choice. Canvas art is one example. Enlarged prints of images or photographs are popular choices as they can be custom-made to have more personal value to you. Placement of Wall Art in Your Master Bedroom When choosing the wall art, you also need to consider where to hang it. Having a clear vision of this can help pick your wall décor. Unlike placing a rug in the bedroom, there aren't specific rules for placing wall art. You can place wall art anywhere in your bedroom, but there are two spots that you should definitely decorate with wall art. Above the Bed Hanging wall art above the bed is everyone's go-to, and with good reason: it works! You can hang one of your favorite pieces above your head—making sure it's in the middle—so you can look at it every time you enter the room. Of course, if you have a large headboard, you may have to skip this spot and hang the art elsewhere. Across From the Bed If you have a favorite art piece, the best place to put it is across from your bed. That way, you can look at it whenever you lift your head while reading or relaxing in bed. If feng shui is something you're concerned with, you should know that putting a picture that inspires you across from your bed is a good idea. Feng shui can be applied to all aspects of your furnishings and décor. We have some great ideas for feng shui and bedroom rugs. You can place wall art on the rest of your walls, but just be sure to keep things balanced and don't go overboard. How to Hang Wall Art in Bedroom While we're giving advice, we'd also like to help you hang your art once you've found it. Hanging wall art in the bedroom isn't as difficult as you might think. Remember: your safety takes priority. Use power tools with caution. If you're using a hammer, be mindful of your fingers!Make sure that the nails or screws and hooks you use can support the weight of your wall art.Finally, please carefully measure and mark the hanging spot. Once you've hung the piece, a spirit level is also a great tool to use.
Find the Ideal Wall Art to Invigorate Your Dining Room

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Find the Ideal Wall Art to Invigorate Your Dining Room
Each room in your home has a different function and should have its own identity, and the dining room is no exception. One way of making a unique stamp on your dining area is through the art you incorporate. Art can transform any living space, especially wall art, due to its prominence and visibility. There are a few basic guidelines that will help you select the perfect artwork to inject life and personality into your dining room. However, this doesn't mean you need art hung on every wall. The key to any great design is to create harmony and maintain balance. Empty wall spaces can actually accentuate the art that you do choose. So in your purchasing process, select pieces that truly speak to you—quality is always better than quantity in this instance. Small or Large Wall Art for Your Dining Room? The size of your art should be one of your first considerations. This is where choosing art for your dining room gets slightly more technical. Opting for small or large wall art depends on whether you want one focal point or several smaller pieces in the room. As a rule of thumb, artwork in the dining room should be around two-thirds the length of your dining room table. It should only exceed this size if you have a single large statement piece in the room. If you prefer smaller art, they can come across as out of proportion in relation to the wall space. So, it's an excellent idea to group several smaller pieces that share similarities. This could be color, subject matter, paint medium, or art from the same artist. We recommend leaving about two inches between the frames for a balanced, attractive look. Best Types of Wall Art for Your Dining Room There are countless options of wall art ideas and options to choose from when decorating your dining room. We've summarized the most suitable types for your dining area to get you inspired: Statement Pieces As we just discussed, large-scale art gives your dining room a great focal point. But because it has such an impact, you should choose something that really speaks to you. The advantage of having a single artwork is that there's no need to harmonize it with other art, which can be a bonus if you find it difficult to coordinate different pieces. We suggest considering a more minimalist or abstract statement piece, as it will be more versatile, and you're less likely to get tired of it. Mirrors Mirrors have been used to decorate dining rooms for ages—and for a good reason. They are functional as people may want to check their appearance after eating, and they instantly give the illusion of more space. The shape and frame (if any) you choose is a simple way to add to the design style you are trying to achieve. Wallpaper Wallpaper is easy to overlook, but it can have as much of an impact as artwork. You can choose to create one feature wall or cover all your dining room walls with a paper of your choice. If you have a smaller space, we recommend focusing on color and texture rather than busy patterns or designs that can make the room feel smaller. Beija Flor has a collection of thoughtfully-designed wallpapers that perfectly complement a range of design styles. How to Choose the Best Dining Room Wall Art Are you feeling overwhelmed with choices and unsure where to start? Here are a few tips to simplify the process: Determine your budget as this will guide your choice. If you're spending a considerable amount on the art, opt for something more timeless than trendy.Be clear on your design style and the vision you're trying to create.Factor in the size of your dining room, and decide on the size and number of artworks you'd like.Decide whether you want to use contrasting colors for a bold pop or if you'd prefer your art to blend in with the wall color.Lastly, don't rush the process! Do your homework, consider your options, and don't buy on a whim. Hanging Wall Art in a Dining Room Once you've made that all-important decision, you'll need to hang your artwork. The process of hanging your wall art will depend on the pieces you've chosen. If you're hanging larger pieces, oil paintings, thick frames, or anything else that's heavy, you'll need to drill holes into your wall and hang them with screws. Alternatively, you can use nails. Lightweight pictures and other wall art pieces can be placed on the wall with double-sided tape, but be sure to clean the wall before adhering the tape. Check out our blog on choosing wall art for your living room if you're moving on to the next room of your house!
Table Runners to Vamp up the Design Style of Your Dining Room

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Table Runners to Vamp up the Design Style of Your Dining Room
A table runner adds emphasis to the dimensions of the dining table, creating symmetry and bringing color and visual interest to the dining area. It helps to accent your place settings and decorations and sets the scene for fine or relaxed dining. Table runners can be used instead of more traditional tablecloths and placemats if they are insulated to protect the table underneath from hot dishes. When the table is not in use, the runner can stay as a decorative item, adding texture and drawing attention to the table. The runner also serves as a medium to showcase permanent display items on the table, like a large vase or candelabra. Picking Colors for Your Table Runner Work with the color you have chosen for the walls of your dining area and the dominant colors of your accessories and larger pieces like the rug under your dining table. You want to keep your dining room décor harmonious and balanced. You may want your soft furnishings to contrast with the walls. In this case, you can opt for a plain tablecloth as a background, then add a contrasting, patterned table runner that is a darker or brighter tone than the walls. This effectively highlights the table. If you have a statement centerpiece for your dining table, you can also pair the runner to complement its colors. For example, a vase with a vibrant floral arrangement would look best with a single-color table runner. Patterns on the runner would make the table look cluttered and busy. Best Dining Table Runner Sizes The size of the table runner obviously depends on the length and breadth of your dining room table. A general guideline is that the runner should be one-third of the width of your table. The fabric or material of the runner will impact the length of the runner. A fabric runner should ideally extend over the edges of the table by about six inches. It's essential to choose a size that fits your table; otherwise, the table may look like it's drowning in an oversized scarf! Runners made from materials that aren't fabric, like vinyl or PVC, can hang over the table edges or come just short of them. The former creates a more traditional or formal look, while the latter creates a more relaxed, casual feel. While you can use a long runner, you may also prefer to use matching runners across the width of the table, with one at each place setting, stretching across to the opposite setting. In this case, the width should be big enough to accommodate a dinner plate, side plate, and cutlery—so not narrower than a placemat. This creates a bolder look than a single runner spanning the length of the table. Best Material for Dining Table Runners The best fabric for a dining table runner you use often is a washable, non-shrink fabric, like cotton or polyester, to cope with food spills and stains. If you're catering for a formal meal or only using the runner occasionally, more delicate fabrics like organza or silk can be used. For a country-inspired and homely look, burlap or natural fibers like rattan and reed are excellent choices. A vinyl runner is also a good solution because it's hard-wearing, washable, and keeps its color over time. Vinyl also provides some heat insulation. Our vinyl table runner range comes in a variety of colors, designs, and patterns. How to Decorate Your Dining Table With Runners The runner should serve as a basic background for adding decorative pieces and place settings. The pattern on the runner can be accented or contrasted with a flower arrangement, or with candles and other decorative items, in colors that match or contrast with the colors in the runner. It's a personal choice whether to use a tablecloth with your runner. Similarly, it's also a matter of personal taste if you want to include placemats as well. If you are layering these items, remember to keep it simple. You probably want to avoid choosing a patterned design or multiple colors for more than one of these items. The other two should be kept neutral. Even when the table is not in use, it can still be a focus area in the dining room if it displays a beautiful runner and other decorative pieces.
Enhance Your Entryway With the Perfect Rug Choice

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Enhance Your Entryway With the Perfect Rug Choice
The entryway has the highest rate of foot traffic in your home, and it needs a rug to make that first impression of welcoming color and comfort for you and your guests. The size of the space, as well as its light and furnishings, provide pointers for your choice of a rug in the entryway. Not only will the rug provide a distinct visual focus, but it will also hint at what your home is like in the spaces beyond. It should reflect the style of your home but also make its own statement. Best Entryway Rug Designs A warm rug is welcoming, and so are warm colors. A vibrant pattern with bold, clean colors will go a long way toward giving your space a design identity. However, a holistic look at the space should first take into account whether there's sufficient light, whether any furnishings need space for their legs off the rug, and what other functions your entryway needs to perform. A coat rack, a mirror, plants needing light, a table for keys and bags—all these practical needs and design elements must be considered. The rug's design should not clash with the style of the entryway space; for example, a dark, detailed Mexican patterned rug in a poorly lit Art Deco hallway might be dull and unattractive. What Size and Shape Should Your Entryway Rug Be? The rug should be slightly smaller than the space to allow for an edge of the floor. Usually, a 6"–18" gap between the wall and the edge of the rug works best, which is something to keep in mind. Most entrance halls tend to be longer and narrower. In this case, a runner will be an excellent choice to fit the space. However, more square entryways can accommodate a square, rectangular, or even circular rug. Ultimately, a rug can enhance any shape of space with a strong pattern to draw the eye. How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Entryway Measure First Measure your foyer before shopping around for the perfect addition to your home, as this will determine the size of the rug that works best. Interestingly, smaller rugs make a space look smaller, so keep this in mind when choosing your entryway rug size. A more oversized fit will also work best if you're trying to hide an old floor underneath that you're not fond of. They are also a good option if you want to layer the rug on a carpet. Consider the Material As a high-traffic area, the entryway will often pick up a lot of dirt and wear and tear, so pick a rug that's quick and easy to clean. The fabric or material of the rug should be carefully considered to allow for frequent vacuuming and a quick wipe with water. Beija Flor's collection of vinyl rugs provides the perfect solution to this problem, being very simple to clean, hard-wearing, and beautifully designed. Maintaining Your Entryway Rug Once you've made the perfect choice and purchase, you'll also need to know how best to maintain your entryway rug. Why Does It Need to Be Cleaned Regularly? The entryway is a guest's first impression when meeting you at your home. It's an important point of contact and should create a neat, comforting, and welcoming feeling. This is also the place in the home where lots of "milling around" usually takes place—whether that's a neighbor popping round to collect something and have a quick catch up, or greeting a whole family one by one as they come to visit. Many feet come into contact with this area, meaning it needs cleaning more often. Tips for Caring for Your Vinyl Hallway Rug If you've opted for a vinyl mat, there are specific care instructions to follow. Here are some tips: Make sure the area under the mat is clean and dry before placing it.Wipe with a slightly soapy, wet cloth and leave to dry when cleaning.Remember to clean both sides of the vinyl mat.Avoid damage-causing acid, bleach, chlorine, dish soap, degreaser, or alcohol as they may remove the pattern.Do not fold your rugs during storage. Instead, keep them flat or rolled.Avoid dragging heavy furniture across your rug. Thinking about investing in a vinyl entrance hallway rug? Take a look at our extensive range here to find the perfect design for your home.
Spice Up Your Living Room With the Best Wall Art

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Spice Up Your Living Room With the Best Wall Art
Making your house feel like a home takes a lot of time and consideration as you figure out how to decorate it, fill empty spaces, and put your mark on the walls. That's why it's easy to get carried away and decorate all rooms the same way. Each room should have its own identity, especially when it comes to wall art, because it has such a great impact on your space. The wall hangings in your living room and dining room shouldn't both be oil paintings of the streets of Paris, for example. Should Wall Art Be the Focal Point of the Living Room? You can absolutely make wall art the focal point of your living room. A focal point is wherever people's eyes land first when they enter a space, and beautiful wall art makes for a fantastic focal point in the living room. If you have a fireplace, you may not be able to make the wall art the focal point because fireplaces tend to steal the show. Still, well-chosen wall art conjures attention, so it shouldn't compete with architectural features. What Kind of Wall Art Should Go in the Living Room? There isn't a specific kind of wall art you have to choose—go with whatever feels right to you and complements your current style and decorative theme. The art you put in your living space should reflect your and your family's personalities. It shouldn't feel foreign or out of place, so always choose art that represents you. This may sound like a very complicated approach, but once you're at marketplaces or galleries or browsing online for wall art, you'll understand how it feels to find a piece that truly speaks to your heart and soul. How to Choose Wall Art for the Living Room Understanding what kind of wall art you like and want to put in your living room is only part of the journey. There are several other factors to keep in mind as well. Here are a few considerations and tips on how to choose wall art for your living room: Size Matters The size of the wall art is important—the space where you put it influences how good it looks. For example, large wall art might look out of place in a bathroom but works well in the living room. Measure the space you have for wall art, and don't forget to consider the height of the ceiling. It would be dreadful if you found the perfect artwork only to find that it doesn't fit in your living room. If you want to place small pieces of wall art, make sure you have more than one, or the empty space on the wall will feel even emptier. Be Aware of Your Space Limits You should also factor in whether you have an open concept living room, the angle of the walls, window placement and area rug placement, and seating arrangement. This will have an impact on which walls you should hang your artwork. Keep in Mind Your Living Room's Design Style You should maintain the style and theme you've already selected for your living room. Avoid choosing wall art that clashes with your other design and décor choices, like primary and accent colors, rugs, and accessories. For example, hanging pop art wouldn't make much sense if you have a nautical-inspired living room. A few more dos and don'ts to keep in mind include: Do: Focus on the existing paletteOpt for timeless pieces rather than what's trendingChoose art that you actually like, not just what best suits the room Don't: Forget the mood you want to createBe scared to move out of your comfort zoneBlow your budget. Original artwork often comes with a hefty price tag Matching Wall Art With Your Living Room Your choice of artwork doesn't need to match your décor and color scheme perfectly. For example, if you have a black rug under your coffee table, you don't necessarily have to limit yourself to dominantly black art. Instead, find something that complements it, like whites and grays. On the other hand, you also don't want to go for an entirely mismatched style unless you're trying to achieve a very eclectic look. So, it's best to harmonize your living room with your wall hangings.
Placing an Area Rug in the Living Room

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Placing an Area Rug in the Living Room
It can be rather challenging when it comes to choosing that ideal area rug, as they are an integral part of creating a cohesive, transformative living room. it may feel like a costly venture, but in the long run, it can be much more affordable than carpeting the entire living room space. Rugs should be cozily connected with all the furniture in your living room. In a big living room, it's best to place the area rug around the main grouping of furniture. You don't want your rug "floating," as it can throw off the balance of the room. But, if this is not possible, and your living room is smaller, the front legs of your furniture should be on the rug, with the back legs off. How Big Should a Living Room Rug Be? The most general rule of thumb is that bigger is definitely better! Knowing the expected size of your area rug is essential, and your furniture should ideally be on top of your area rug to create a more open and complete feel. Choose a rug size as big as your room can allow while ensuring that it doesn't touch the edges of your walls—around 18 inches of exposed floor space around the perimeter of your area rug. It's important to remember that living rooms are different, so the right rug size for an open concept living room will be different to a small and closed-off living room. Additionally, make sure the rug is 6-8 inches wider than your couch on all sides to avoid a cluttered or awkward feel. Does Your Living Room Rug Need to Be Centered? A central location tends to be the most beneficial place for an area rug. Most importantly, you want the rug to be placed so that it will complement the main furniture as well as the existing layout of your room. However, no two living rooms are made the same. If the shape of your living room is quite unique and unconventional, a centered rug could look awkward—so you may want to play around with rug shapes and placement. The main centering that should take place is with your furniture around the outside of your area rug. You'd want the rug positioned in such a way that it complements your furniture visually. Centering is usually a safer bet, but your sofa doesn't always have to be perfectly in the center of the rug. In some cases, it can look more visually appealing to be in line with the corner of your rug. Best Placements for an Area Rug in the Living Room Aside from the central and corner placements mentioned above, some other things you'll want to keep in mind include: All legs off For a smaller living room, this can create a feeling of openness, and make your area rug the focal point. This also works great if you have a smaller area rug that you still want to make use of, such as by placing it on top of another, larger area rug.Front legs on This layout is great for grounding your living room, and a great option for when you want to make your room feel spacious—or if some of your furniture is placed against a wall. If your space is big and more open-plan, the rug should sit under the front legs. If you have chairs in the space as well, the front legs of the chair should also be touching the rug.All legs on This layout works perfectly for a larger, open-plan living room. Just make sure you keep a few inches between your furniture and the edge of the rug. If the rug is large, then one or both sofas can sit completely on top of your area rug.Rounded arrangement This is a slightly less conventional and distinct arrangement that allows you to play around a bit more, with front legs on or off. Is It Better to Place a Rug Under or in Front of Furniture? It is better to place a rug under the furniture, but this also comes down to how much space you actually have to play around with. You don't want to place your area rug too close to the walls, as it can make the room feel smaller or cramped. You want your room to feel large and open, so try to position the rug in a way that allows a decent strip of visible flooring between the rug and the wall. This rule applies to placing a rug on a carpet as well. There are many unique and interesting ways that you can place your area rug in your living room. It is your opportunity to experiment and play around, but be sure to apply the general layout rules discussed above to create your ideal living room design.
Choosing the Right Rug for Your Living Room

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Choosing the Right Rug for Your Living Room
Finding the right rug can completely transform and bring a unique personality to your living area, as it can be the perfect focal point that will enhance the overall look and feel. A living room rug can also help to define the different spaces in your living room, providing a sense of warmth and making your home feel more comfortable and welcoming. Additionally, a rug can help reduce the amount of noise in the room and create a sense of grounding. Investing in a rug can be an expensive venture, so choosing the right one for your room that's long-lasting and easy to clean can serve you well for many years. How to Match Your Rug With Your Sofa If you want to match the design of your rug with your couch, consider the following: If your sofa is a solid color, choose a patterned rug.A great and good-looking trick is to match the secondary color of your patterned rug to your sofa.Match a third color, if any, to your curtains, walls, pillows, or any other accents in your living room.If your rug is a solid color, and your couch is patterned, consider matching it with other elements/accents in the room, such as vases, candleholders, or the color of your walls. For more info, read our rules to having the right size rug for a sectional couch. Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Living Room Rug We've tackled what materials are more suited for a living room rug, so here are some other main factors to consider when you're choosing your living room rug: 1. Size Knowing the size of your expected area rug is a very important element when deciding which to purchase. In this case, bigger is better—you'll want as little floor showing as possible. A general rule of thumb is to choose a rug size from 8×10ft to 9×12ft for most living rooms. Make sure the rug is 6-8 inches wider than your sofa on all sides and still have about 18 inches of exposed floor space around the perimeter of your area rug. The rug should also run the entire length of the sofa at least. Use masking tape to play around with different dimensions before purchasing your rug. 2. Placement It is recommended to have your rug in the middle of the room, to help bring all the elements in your living room together, creating a cohesive harmonious space. There are 3 main layouts options to consider when choosing where to place your living room rug: All legs on the rug Here, you would choose a larger rug to ground the living room, creating more openness.Front legs on the rug This is a great option for when you want to make your room feel spacious or if a few pieces of furniture are against a wall.All legs off the rug If you have a narrow or smaller space and love your small pretty rug that you never want to part with, just add layers! Place the small rug on top of a larger one to finish off the look you have created. 3. Colors & Patterns You'll want your rug to match and complement your furniture and decor. Whatever color or patterned rug you choose can help to establish the look and feel, as well as the overall mood of the space. A lighter rug can make the room appear brighter and larger, while darker tones give the living room a cozier feel. If you have chosen a brightly patterned rug, it becomes the focal point of this space, whereas a neutral or solid rug can work well with the rest of your living room's color scheme. To learn more about the colors and designs of rugs, read our post on using feng shui to place a rug. While your living room rug needs to be high-quality and long-lasting, it shouldn't have an unpleasant texture that makes your feet feel weird. It's up to you to decide on the texture and how you're willing to balance the price, color, eco-friendliness, and texture. It can sometimes be stressful when finding the right rug, but we hope these tips help you on your rug journey!
Placing a Rug in a Small Bedroom

Room Design

Placing a Rug in a Small Bedroom
Using rugs in rooms is fantastic: they add comfort and a warm feeling to any room, especially bedrooms—but it may seem like a bad idea to put a rug in a small bedroom, right? Not necessarily! If you choose the right size rug in the right color and style, it won’t overwhelm the bedroom. Chances are that it might even make the room look a little bit bigger. Rugs can help protect your floors, provide a sense of comfort, reduce noise, and look amazing. So if you want to put a rug in a small bedroom, you absolutely can. Should a Rug Be Lighter or Darker Than Your Floor? The darkness of your rug really depends more on how dark your room is rather than how dark your floor is. You can place a rug that’s either darker or lighter than your floor, as long as it’s a different enough shade to provide the bedroom with some contrast. You shouldn't choose a rug that blends in with the floor—what's the point of the rug if you can't really see it? If you have a bright and airy bedroom, you don’t even have to consider this question; you can select any color rug you want. To help you choose, take a look at our post on bedroom feng shui. Best Rug Sizes for a Small Bedroom Choosing the right size rug for a small bedroom is a bit more complicated than simply guessing and picking the one you like most. First, you have to measure the space where you want to place a rug. That way, you’ll be able to buy a rug that will fit the room without the frustrating surprise of a rug that’s too big. The golden rule for rugs is "measure twice, cut once" for a reason. Accurate measurements will prevent future frustrations. Next, measure the rug before you buy it or ask for exact measurements from the seller. Ideally, you should choose a rug that will be 12 inches away from all of the bedroom’s walls. If it’s bigger than that, it might be too big and make a small room seem even smaller. Which Rugs Should You Get and How Should You Place Them? When it comes to placing your bedroom rug, you should put a lot of consideration into the texture. It may seem odd to focus on the texture when you’re thinking about placement, but a heavily textured rug won’t feel "right" in a small bedroom. You probably know this already, but small bedrooms tend to feel crowded quickly, so adding a textured rug could be quite overwhelming in such a small space. It can be tempting to want to buy a plush rug for the bedroom, but it's not a good idea. Rather use interesting and textured rugs in larger rooms like your living room. It’s best to go with a rug that doesn’t have a pattern. Also, choose a rug with a light color rather than a darker one because the lighter ones give a room a more spacious and bright feel. Patterns, much like texture, can make a small bedroom feel cluttered. Place the rug in the bedroom with part of the bed over it for an interesting appearance. You may want to avoid placing the rug right in front of the bedroom door as that could make the room feel smaller than it is. The Effect of Area Rugs on Your Small Room If you choose the right rug, it won’t make your small bedroom feel or look even smaller, it will actually give it a more spacious appearance. The most important factor in making the bedroom feel bigger is the size of the rug. Don’t choose a rug that is very small because it can make the room feel rather disjointed, which will emphasize how small the space is. Make sure your furniture sits atop the rug—this helps create the illusion of more space than there actually is. If you can’t really do that, at least arrange the furniture so that the front legs of your larger pieces are on the rug, which will achieve a partly more spacious atmosphere.