How to Place a Rug in a Living room

When it comes to rugs in living rooms there are lots of things you need to take in to consideration. Not only do you need to think about colour and texture, there is also the matter of where to place your rug. When doing this, you should keep in mind factors like the size of the rug, the size of the room and also the furniture. For example, you can create a sitting area with couches, chairs and tables that face in on themselves with a coffee table in the centre. With this arrangement, here are some ways you can incorporate a rug for a professional interior finish.


All of Legs on Top of the Rug


The first option we are going to discuss is an area rug. An area rug is a rug that, as the name suggests, covers most of the area. This means all of the furniture sits on top of the rug.  This is  a good idea when you have a large room, as this gives definition to the space. The furniture that is on the rug should be floating rather than against the wall as this will leave some space on either side of the furniture for balance. This kind of layout unifies the furniture and provides an anchor to the room.


Front Legs on Top of the Rug


With this method, you let the rug just pass under the furniture so the front legs of sofas and chairs are on top of the rug. This works better with smaller rooms as an area rug would just dwarf the floor space of a  tight room. This layout works better without side tables and the rug should go up to one third or half way under the furniture to better tie it together. Before buying the rug, you should arrange the furniture to the desired layout and measure the area in order to achieve proportion and the correct size rug.


Coffee Table on Top of the Rug


This kind of layout is suitable for narrow and small spaces since the geometry of the rug and table creates a focal point. It gives a feeling of balance and cosiness to the room instead of making it look cramped and busy. With these layouts, the furniture can be against the wall but the rug needs to be extended beyond each side of the coffee table. Again, you should visualise where the rug is going to be before choosing the rug, as once again, proportion is crucial here.

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Knowing how to work the space you have available is key to getting a professional interior style in your home. Striking the balance is so important, and with these rug placement tips, you’ll have a home to be envious of in no time.

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