Area Rugs: The Focal Point Of Any Room

Posted on: 17 February 2016

When it comes to interior design, there's a plethora of different elements you can implement to give your home the visual appeal and individual style you're looking for. Area rugs are often the main focal point of a room so it's important to choose them wisely. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in selecting the best area rug for your space so you'll have a living space that suits your own personal tastes.

Color Basis

If you're planning to redecorate an entire room, you can use the area rug as your starting point when it comes to color selection. For example, if you like gray or blue tones, pick out a beautiful rug in that shade, and then paint the room in a corresponding or slightly darker or lighter color that compliments the tones in your rug. Add throw pillows and artwork to the room that work around the colors in your rug, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how it pulls everything together.

Rug Placement

Where and how you place your area rug can also have an impact on the room. If you're planning to put the area rug in front of the couch, it should be approximately the same width or a little bit longer than the couch itself. Anything too small will look like the room is swallowing the rug, and anything too large will just get in the way of other furniture. You can also lay the rug at a slight angle so that it gives the room more interest. Try a round-shaped rug as well to give any room a little bit of modern flair. 

Style And Design

There are literally hundreds of different area rug styles available today thanks to the Internet. You can choose rugs with bold patterns like large floral designs or abstract designs woven into them. Just be sure that the rug pattern is not too "busy" or else it will overpower everything else in the room. Rugs with wild patterns work better with larger rooms, and more muted shades and styles do well in smaller rooms. You should also consider if any furniture is going to be placed on top of your area rug. If so, the furniture could cover up most of the design on the rug you're trying to display.


Rugs can really warm up a room, so they don't just have to be placed in living room spaces. Add a nice, soft area rug under the bed so when you wake in the morning, your feet will be greeted by a warm surface. You can even add rugs in the kitchen to help protect the floors and warm up the cold kitchen floor. Area rugs can really enhance any room, even if you have carpet. These accent pieces can show off your style and give any room in your home an added accent that will make it more appealing.