Cosy Up Your Apartment With Area Rugs

Kitchen and dining room. Dark furniture with large area rug

Your apartment is the place where you get to relax after a long day, and a place where your friends and family can learn a lot about you through small details.

You can easily tell what kind of a person someone is, simply by drinking coffee in their living room. You see it through the ornaments, walls, curtains, and of course, the area rugs that are under your feet. 

To make your home welcoming and cosy for others, you need to pay close attention to all the details you normally pay attention to in other people’s homes. Invest in art, interesting vases, and figures that will sit on your shelves, and invest in a high-quality rug, such as the Novogratz rug by Momeni.

Area rug decorating ideas for your home

Choose the right size for every room 

There is nothing more unappealing to a room than a rug with the wrong dimensions. The worst part is that you won’t be able to determine where the problem is, the room will just look bad overall. Rugs have the power to make a room seem bigger, smaller, wider, or narrower, and all that just by their specific. There are certain rules that you should follow when you shop for rugs, and the main rule is you should always measure twice and purchase once. 

Apartment with large windows, white walls, yellow area rug and blue dining chairs around small table

In general, simple rules that are easy to remember to apply to different rooms in your house. For example, when you’re decorating the living room, make sure you invest in a rug that goes under the coffee table and at least the front legs of the sofa. That way, you’ll have something cosy under your feet and you’ll relax better. For the dining room, invest in a rug that will provide you with stability, and it’s big enough for you to sit comfortably when the chairs are pulled back. The bedroom can look great with an area rug that extends past the bed, or runners that go down the sides of the bed. 

Choose the right colour

We associate certain feelings and events with colours ever since we were kids. Red can mean anger or love, green makes us relax and slow down a bit, and blue reminds us of the sky. Putting those colours in your room will definitely attract the attention of visitors, and they’ll surely feel different. You can use this to your advantage and make the area rug the centerpiece of your room, while also making the room feel cosy. Deep, rich colours can be really appealing, and you can compliment them with small ornaments or paintings of the same colour. 

Modern bedroom with plants, cactus pictures and large geometric rug

If you want to play it safe, then go for a neutral colour or pastels. Bright colours make the room seem welcoming, but they are harder to maintain. You need to vacuum regularly, and you’ll have to professionally clean the rugs every now and then. Darker coloured rugs, such as brown and black, require less attention and they look fresh longer.

Don’t forget about patterns 

Patterns are equally as important as colours, and if you combine them both, you hit the jackpot! Again, you can go all out with this one, or you can play it safe, but always remember that stripes and dots are your friends here. Stripes, especially the horizontal ones elongate the room, depending on the way you place them. Dots, especially pale ones can make the rug look stained, and this will make the final outcome unappealing to you and your friends. 

If you want to stick to the safe side, you should look for lines, stripes, and dots that are a lighter shade than the rug. Neutrals work great together, and they make a pretty good match to one another and to the rest of the elements in your room. If you want to make the room sparkle, invest in area rugs with sparkly fibres spilled across them. It’s subtle, but still switches things up. 

Connect the rooms via area rugs 

If you have multiple rooms that you’re decorating you can connect them by small details, such as ornaments, or by bigger elements, such as area rugs. You can be playful here as well, it’s not like you have to get the same rug for every room, because that would be boring. 

Large white and black living room. White sofa's and black and white rug. Leading to study area with natural rug.

Combine different patterns that work well together, different colours that complement each other, and you can also reverse the colours, so that one carpet has a dark base and lighter pattern, and the other one is the complete opposite. If you’d like, you can also play around with different classic and asymmetrical shapes. The main thing is for you to have fun, and to remember to add a bit of your personality into the area rugs you’re purchasing.

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