Whether you’re redecorating your home or you’re staging it for sale, bear in mind that details matter, even the ones you walk over on a daily basis. While a rug might be considered a simple accessory, it can also form the basis of your entire design.
Finding the exact rug can be challenging, but when you get it right, it can bring more interest and texture to the room and completely change its vibe. It has the power to tie all the design elements together and give the space a much clearer definition, as well as adding more style, warmth, and elegance. There aren’t any strict rules regarding home staging with rugs, but only simple guidelines you can follow.
Choosing the right size
Rugs can be used very successfully to add definition to space, such as separating the dining from the lounging area, and it works particularly well in large rooms and studio apartments. Well-chosen rugs can create a sense of variety in a room, just be careful about their size. If you plan to have two rugs in a room, choose them in different sizes, since same-sized rugs will cut up a room and make it feel boring.
It’s important to coordinate rugs both in size and in relation to the rest of the room. They should complement the entire space in style in order to create a pleasant sense of harmony, so going bigger is not always better. To get it right, you need to take all the aspects of the room into consideration. For instance, a rug that is too small will chop up space and seem out of place, whereas an oversized one can take away from the beauty of your hardwood flooring or furniture.
Achieving style and color harmony
In styling and staging your home, the choice of rugs and their color scheme can form the basis of your entire design. As the current online rug collections demonstrate, you have a wide range of options to choose from regarding style and color, so you can go with a stronger colored rug and make it a focal point of the room, or use a softer palette to bring out the existing colors in the room. If you bring it in at the end, it’s like introducing the final piece of the puzzle which can then visually soften the room or jazz up the whole design.
Achieving balance is one of the basic principles of design, so keep that as your main guideline. For instance, if the walls and upholstery in a room are subtle and subdued, use a rug with a bolder pattern and color to liven up space, and vice versa. In addition, try to match the style of the rugs to space but have fun with its shape. Move away from the classic rectangular form and go with a round or oval, if that would complement the room better.
Coordinating rug and furniture position
By positioning the rug correctly and rearranging the furniture, you can manipulate the design and create any desired effect. Professional designers advise that when you’re furnishing a larger room, you should have the longer edge of the rug follow the length of the sofa and allow its front legs to sit on the rug, while the back ones are off. The reason for this is that it creates a unified zone without separating one area from the rest of the room.
As for the smaller spaces, the recommendation is to position the rug so it sits in front of the sofa and leaves a narrow strip of floor visible in front of it. This little hack makes the room appear more spacious, elegant and brighter. Also, it’s easy to replace them with the change of seasons so you have the opportunity to introduce new color trends. A bonus tip here is to also use liner to keep the rugs in place without slipping every time you get off your sofa.
As you can see, rugs are effective décor features that can add style to your property, making it more appealing to potential buyers. On the ever so competitive real estate market, any solution that facilitates your selling efforts is more than welcome.