Why Area Rugs are an Integral Part of a Home’s Design and 4 Ways to Implement Them

Find out how this underrated piece of home décor can transform every major room in your home.

By Kelly O’Roark

 

After looking for ways to give a polished look to your home, you may be searching for area rug ideas, as you’ve realized that these magical pieces of carpet can do wonders when it comes to bringing your home to life. Choosing the right size, pattern, and color scheme can set the tone for the rest of your home’s décor, and it’s important to seamlessly tie them together. First, area rugs play an integral role for many reasons, the most important being that it can add the perfect amount of visual interest to a room to provide a striking contrast to solid-colored furniture and hardwood flooring.

 

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Second, it’s also a much easier way to add a colorful, intricate design to each room instead of committing to wallpaper or bold paint colors. After a few years, if an area rug needs to be replaced, all you have to do is roll it up, carry it out, and lay down a new one (which is a hands-down much better way to spend your Saturday than painstakingly pulling off wallpaper, piece by tiny piece). Third, area rugs play a major supporting role in showcasing your rooms’ focal points, as they provide the perfect backdrop for dining room sets, coffee tables, and other spaces that look otherwise bland and empty without them.

 

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Since area rugs play such an important role in your home’s design, here are four area rugs ideas for the major common areas in your home:

 

1. Foyer/Entryway

When guests first enter your home through the front door, you not only want a catch-all to grab and moisture or dirt that may be on their shoes, but you also want a way to fill the empty space surrounding your front door. Since bulky décor items such as tables and large vases may get in the way and cause a tripping hazard, an area rug by the front door can add a perfect amount of texture and visual interest without detracting from the grandness of your foyer and without making your entryway look like an obstacle course.

 

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Since an area rug by your front door is meant to subtly complement the flooring and other décor without being a distraction, it’s best to choose a color and pattern that melts into the color scheme of the flooring and walls to give an understated, yet unique touch to your home’s entrance.

 

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2. Living Room

When decorating your living room, this is where bolder patterns and colors can come into play. Placing an area rug in the center of the room pulls the entire color scheme together, and provides a way to highlight the stunning furnishings that surround it.

 

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In this particular living area, the beautiful earth tone colors in the area rug perfectly complement the natural wood tones in the flooring, table, and chair, and sofas.

 

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3. Dining Room

Just as the area rug in the living room can take center stage in showcasing the main furnishings, an area rug in the middle of a dining room can make a beautiful cherry wood dining set stand out as the star of the show.

 

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The rich colors and intricate design once again provide a stunning contrast to the wood floors and pull from the colors in the décor in the rest of the room. The size not only accommodates the table and chairs when the room is empty but also provides enough coverage to support the chairs when they’re being occupied by your dinner guests.

 

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4. Entertainment Area

If you have a room that’s designated for a ping pong table, pool table, or foosball table, an area rug can completely transform your entertainment area from looking like a random game table thrown into the middle of the room, to a polished space with thoughtful and tasteful touches.

 

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This particular area rug once again exhibits a color palette that’s in the same color family as the stained concrete flooring and décor and frames the billiards/ping pong table to make it the focal point of the room.

 

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Incorporating these area rug ideas into your home’s design style isn’t only easy, but truly brings the unique focal points of each of your rooms to life. Once you commit to enhancing the main common areas in your house with these magical little carpets, you’ll discover a whole new world of home design (and yes, I had to toss an ‘Aladdin’ pun in there. Sorry not sorry.)

 

What are your favorite types of area rugs? Do you prefer modern patterns such as chevron and quatrefoil or is a classical, traditional pattern more your style? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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