A bedroom without an area rug can look quite unfinished and cold. On the other hand, an area rug (or two) can be a great element of style and show off your personality. There are functional benefits of area rugs, too. They can buffer the noise from walking around, provide a warm landing spot for your feet, separate a large bedroom into different zones and hide the persistent stain on your wall-to-wall carpet you just couldn’t get off. Rugs also protect the floors from wear and damage and present a link that puts together all the décor elements into a single cohesive whole. Still, not every rug is appropriate for every bedroom. Here is a quick guide that should help you find just the right one for you.
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Know the Size You Want
The size you need will depend on the goal of the area rug. Should it cover a stain? Should it buffer the noise? Should it separate reading nook from sleeping area or should it be just a soft place to put your feet on in the morning? You can try to visualize the rug size by using a masking tape, just to see what will suit you best. There are three possible layouts of the area rug in the bedroom. The size you should have depends on which one of them you choose.
- All furniture on the rug where rug should be large enough for all furniture (bed + nightstands) has legs on it.
- Partially under the bed where the rug will not be under the head of the bed, but start somewhere at the quarter of the bed size.
- Rug that is placed independently of the bed should be a lot smaller than your bed, but enough to stand on it or to represent one zone of the room.
Choose the Right Style
Finding the right style will mostly depend on your personal preferences and your bedroom overall décor. You can, for instance, break down the monotony of monochromatic walls and upholstery with a patterned rug, but if you already have patterned wallpaper on the accent wall, you should tone it down with a monochromatic or neutral rug with more than one shade. If you want to add some extravaganza to the space, consider using Persian motifs that would fit in perfectly with hardwood furniture.
Select the Perfect Material
Area rugs come in a wide range of different materials, and you should choose one based on how much you’ll use it and to what purpose. A warm and comfy rug in the bedroom will make your mornings more pleasant and turn getting up from the bed into something you can actually rejoice to. Shaggy faux fur rug is definitely a great option, but only for the space beside the bed, because it can get worn out really fast. On the other hand, wool, sisal and polypropylene rugs are very durable, easy to maintain, simple to clean and can endure a lot of foot traffic.
Accessories should adapt to the area rug, and not vice versa. But if you’re already purchasing a rug after you have completely adorned your room with accessories, you should keep them in mind while shopping. An area rug can serve perfectly to tie all the style elements into the room, so don’t make it contrast too much with the rest of the space. In the end, if you can’t manage with the accessories you have, it’s better to change them, and not the rug.
Get a Rug Pad
Area rugs on wooden floors can be really slippery, and the last thing you need to happen after getting up in the morning is slipping and falling on your back. This isn’t a problem if the rug is underneath the furniture, but if there are no furniture legs on top of it, it can be really dangerous. Use a rug pad that keeps the rugs in place and prevent such accidents.
Use these hints to buy the ideal landing spot for your legs, make waking up much more pleasant and your bedroom more stylish than ever.