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Starting From The Ground Up! 4: How Can You Decorate With Rugs? Part 1

There are lots of ways to decorate with rugs whether it be for practicality, beautification or both! We will be taking a look at some ways in which you can use rugs in your home, which will hopefully help you when it comes to choosing your perfect rug. The one tip we can give that is beneficial in any form of rug decorating – anti-slip matting; not only helps to prevent them from moving around but also as a protective layer to the bottom of the rug which can wear down over time. One of the first things you need to think of is where you will be placing your rug and which size is needed.

You might have a rug in mind to highlight another décor piece in the room such as a statement sofa or to put focus on the bed; if this is the case then you will need to take some measurements prior to be certain your rug will large enough for its purpose.

Smaller rugs can also be used to create a focal point and will look good in bathrooms, entrance halls and kitchens. The largest of rugs are often used where there is lots of traffic or movement of furniture such as the dining room or lounge.

Always remember that when visualising the placement of a rug, look at areas which may include obstacles such as doors – some of the thicker rugs might not fit comfortably within a door opening and end up being bunched up or even damaged. Think about the corners too – they should not be placed in high traffic lines where you could trip up!

Try a medium sized rug in your lounge; the rug should act as a central point in which chairs or a sofa is placed around and a coffee table placed on top of the rug. This creates an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming – we recommend choosing rugs by colour or patterns that are easy on the eye and compliment the colours used in seating. Regardless of the size of your lounge, using a rug in this way will help to define the sitting area. You might want to overlap the feet of your furniture onto the rug so that during a relaxing evening you can rest your feet onto the warm rug as opposed to a bare and cold flooring.

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