How To Incorporate Large Size Rugs in Your Home’s Interior Design
For a long time, large Rugs were something reserved for only the wealthiest members of royalty and the aristocracy. Today, big rugs are more democratized. Anyone can start using large rugs (think 15 feet or more) to change the dynamics of a room. However, decorating with large rugs can be more challenging to get right than smaller pieces. These are some tips on how to make the most of your large rugs.
1. Use the Dimensions of the Room
One of the simplest ways to decorate with a large rug is to turn it into a wall to wall carpet. Fill the entire floor space with the carpet to make the room feel cozy and more comfortable. This is conceptually simple enough. However, getting the right size can be a little more of a challenge.
If the room is rectangular, the solution is to use the dimensions of the room and subtract one to three feet. For a large room, plan to have a larger border around the outside of the room. A one-foot border around a room that is 20-feet or more along one side will look too small.
For rooms that aren’t rectangular, consider breaking them up into smaller areas. For example, if the room is a rectangle other than a bay window or nook, you can still apply the above strategy. The same applies if there is a hallway or entry area connecting the room.
2. Layer a Smaller Rug
Consider using multiple pieces together and layering rugs. This allows you to enjoy the benefit of a large rug while still having small, bold accents.
For example, if you are using a large, neutral-colored rug in your bedroom, place a bolder but smaller rug underneath the foot of the bed. This creates a pleasant focal point. However, you can still step right out of bed onto a soft, comfortable rug.
This can also be effective for subdividing a room into smaller sections. For example, if you have a large rug in your living room, you can layer an area rug to create a sitting space.
3. Make It a Centerpiece
Sometimes the best way to make any rug work is to go bold. Use the rug as a centerpiece for your room. This works best in a space that has a lot of open area around the furniture.
For example, if you have a relatively large bedroom, you can place the rug at the foot of the bed. This is similar to the design technique described above but using the large rug under the bed rather than a layered, smaller rug. Anchor the rest of the bedroom by having a significant amount of the rug visible. This works especially well if the rest of the floor contrasts the rug, helping to highlight it.
To make this idea work, try a bolder pattern or color palette. Antique rugs, especially Oriental rugs, can work excellently for this with their rich colors. Alternatively, try a simple but high-contrast, modern design.
4. Contain the Area
Another way to use your large rug is to contain the entirety of an area. The conventional wisdom for placing a rug under a seating area is to have the front legs of your furniture on the rug and the back legs off of it.
However, you can break this rule and place your furniture entirely on the rug. This style is growing increasingly popular, especially in modern aesthetics such as industrial design.
This creates a more contained and cozy feeling while still allowing the room to be open. Typically, simpler rug designs work best for this technique.
Consider using this approach in your dining room or bedroom. Since both rooms often have large furniture, the containing rug can look especially attractive.
5. Accentuate Color
While sizing for a rug is important, you can break a lot of rules related to rug size and shape if you get the rug colors right. When the color and pattern of the rug match the room it is in, the rug will typically look good no matter what.
Try taking a subtle tone from your furniture artwork and accentuating it with the rug. For example, if your sheets are a more subtle color than your comforter or duvet, consider using a rug that is similar to the sheets. Alternatively, try accentuating an accent pillow. This usually works best when the color you are highlighting is relatively muted.
Find the Perfect Large Rug
At Nazmiyal, we have a broad selection of rugs of all sizes and styles. Our portfolio of antique, vintage and modern rugs includes many pieces that would work perfectly with the above tips.
If you are uncertain about which rug would best match your decor, try connecting with our experts. We are always happy to help you incorporate rugs into your interior design. Explore our vast collection today.
Here are some beautiful large rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection to decorate with:
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