After finding the perfect rug, there's the (surprisingly difficult) task of working it into your decor. Sometimes, a rug can actually serve as a starting point for the rest of your interior design; other times, you have to work a little harder to incorporate it into the rest of your scheme.
A harmonious room can be elusive, and knowing exactly what steps to take when arranging your furniture around a rug can be daunting, so we brought in two experts: interior designer and stylist , and carpet designer to provide a few ground rules.
1. Remember, you can't take the rug shopping with you. "Most rugs are large and unless you have a sample, you can't fit it easily inside your purse, or murse. Instead, snap some pictures of the rug in really great lighting. That way you'll have a solid visual reference on you at all times when shopping for other elements in the room" Mehaffey suggests.
2. Don't get too worried about coordinating every item. "Go ahead and build your room around a rug, and select some items that coordinate with it. But remember that you may grow tired of that rug eventually," Mehaffey says. "Switching out a few throw pillows is easier to do than say, custom window treatments."
3. How you arrange furniture can help play up the rug's shape. For round and oval rugs, Mehaffey finds it easier to arrange most of the furniture, like sofas and chairs, just off the edge, so the shape of the rug is really featured.
4. Integrate the rug into your space. Barnett suggests a slightly different approach: "In my experience, it's best to arrange furniture so it sits on top of the rug instead of at the edge. This allows the rug to blend in with the space as opposed to becoming isolated, like an island," she says.
5. Use your rug to play off the shape of the room. "I like to highlight a room's overall shape with a similarly shaped rug, so a square room = square rug, or round room = round rug," Mehaffey says. Think of it as an unexpected way to create a cohesive, pulled together look that also maximizes usable floorspace. "Often, people get confused by round or oval shaped rooms, but following the architecture with a rug shape is exciting," he adds.
6. Anchor the room with a rug. The rug can be your anchor, so, take the guesswork out of furniture arrangement by placing your rug first. According to Mehaffey, that's typically in the center of the room or as equidistant on all sides as possible. Once that's done, arrange your furniture on/around that rug, Mehaffey suggests.
7. Don't be afraid to make a statement. " Statement rugs allow for more creativity and flexibility to express your style," Barnett says. "You are able to design a space tailored to suit your taste, while also adding that 'wow' factor into the room." Her go-tos, hand knotted rugs in wool and silk, which she says can instantly add a luxurious feel when incorporated into an interior.