Tips to Decorate with Area Rugs

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I find that no room in a home is complete without an area rug. I have area rugs in my kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, entryways, hallways and just about everywhere you could imagine one might be.

Area rugs add patterns and pops of color to a room and can even serve as a visual focal point to base your décor after. They’re stylish and versatile and a must-have in any interior decorator’s arsenal.

And I have some tips for how to best decorate with area rugs in your home. The good news is you can use these tips whether you have carpet, tile or hardwood floor in a room or hall. Area rugs complement them all!


You want the size of the area rug to stretch so that it rests under the front feet of all the furniture in a sitting area.

For bedrooms, you can place the rug either directly in front of the foot of the bed or buy one big enough so that the entire bed and some extra space on each side fits.

If you use the rug in a hallway you want about a half of a foot on each side of the hall left visible. Sizing is very important for rugs.

For large open areas, I will use circular rugs. A circle rug is unique and a great touch for entryways if your space allows it.


To care for an area rug is the same concept as how to care for carpet. You should vacuum the area rugs one or two times each week and then schedule a local carpet cleaner near your home to deep clean the rugs once a year. This can either be done at your home or the service will pickup your rug, bring it to their cleaning facility and deliver it back to your home once it is clean.

You are better off having no rugs in your home than dirty rugs in your home so be sure to be diligent about vacuuming and scheduling cleaning for them.


If a room has generally neutral tones throughout it, a rug is a great chance to incorporate a bold touch of color into the room. This way there are some visually striking and appealing touches in the room for style.

You can also use rugs to incorporate patterns into a room. You might find it hard to add patterns or modern touches in a typical room so a rug offers an easy opportunity for herringbone or other trendy décor patterns.

You can see there are countless ways to decorate with rugs and countless shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to designing a room with a rug. After all, a rug is not a permanent change or a major repair, if the style or color doesn’t fit the room or your home, simply return the rug and try a new one.