But "The Dude" was right...Rugs are something that can literally pull a room together. They can add color, pattern and texture. They can tie an obscure color into your rooms' palette. They can soften a room, or accentuate specific design ideas. But the main thing is that they can give the room a little personality.
|Blotting Carolina Rug - Target|
We, at our home, are unfortunately covered in carpeting, for now... but if you know anything about me yet, I am sucker for a bold, graphic pattern, in a fairly neutral color palette. And when we do bring out the hardwood floors, the great rugs will not be far behind. Unfortunately, rugs can be VERY expensive - especially when you are looking at large area rugs - but there are a few places that you can go to get great discounts.
|Coinciding Circles Rug - Target|
|Design Rugs Collection - Target|
|Home Circles Rug - Target|
For our living room, we could do a small 5'x7' rug that sits in front of the couch, or a large 8'x10' rug that engages the furniture. I tend to think that the larger rugs do a better job of pulling a room together. Engaging the furniture helps to make it feel like one space. It doesn't have to cover the entire floor, it just needs to slide a few inches under each piece of furniture to connect it all visually.
Using a similar concept, you can separate one large room, into two seperate spaces by using area rugs. For example, if you have a large Living Room that you would like to make into a Living / Dining room combination, you could use a bold graphic rug to engage the living room furniture. You can leave the dining room without a rug, or add a simpler rug under the dining room furniture to make it feel like a different space. The example below is from the website younghouselove.com. You can see that the bold rug in the Living Room space makes it feel very seperate from the Dining Room space.
|Photo younghouselove: Link|
Do you have any other favorite places to get rugs at an affordable price? Please feel free to share!