15 Tips For Interior Decorating With Antique Rugs

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How to Decorate with Antique Rugs and Carpets

Decorating with Antique Rugs and Carpets — Adding an antique carpet to an interior space can drastically change the look of a room. While there are many different styles of antique rugs and vintage carpets to choose from, there are some tried-and-true rules to follow when it comes to choosing the size and placement of your rug. Below are Nazmiyal Collection’s tips for choosing the right rug for your space.

Designing with Antique Rugs | Nazmiyal
Designing with Antique Rugs (Image via Apartment Therapy) | Nazmiyal

1. To determine what size rug to buy, measure your room’s width and length, and then subtract 2 to 3 feet from each dimension. Using a rug that is between 2 and 3 feet smaller than the area of your room will make the space feel more open and balanced.

Choose a rug 2-3 feet smaller than the dimensions of your room.
Choose a rug 2-3 feet smaller than the dimensions of your room.

2. If you plan on using heavily patterned wallpaper or upholstery, keep your rug subdued. The opposite is true if you choose a busily patterned rug — keep the ornamentation on your accent furniture and walls minimal. This contrast will keep your room from feeling overwhelmingly hectic.

Pair a colorful patterned rug with neutral furniture.
Pair a colorful patterned rug with neutral furniture.

3. Natural fiber rugs are the most resilient. The smartest choice for a rug that will last is always wool or silk rather than synthetic fibers, which age more rapidly.

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When it comes to rugs, natural fibers are more durable.

4. If you plan to place heavy furniture (like a sofa, or dining table) on top of a rug, always try to use furniture coasters. Glass coasters will distribute the weight of the furniture better, which will help stop the weight from crushing your rug’s pile.

Use furniture coasters under heavy pieces, like sofas and tables.
Use furniture coasters under heavy pieces, like sofas and tables.

5. Use long, rectangular rugs in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens to create a visual “path”. This adds both interest and a sense of order to your space.

Longer rugs work great in bathrooms and kitchens.
Longer rugs work great in bathrooms and kitchens.

6. In sitting areas, make sure at least the front two legs of your chairs or sofas sit on your rug. This helps the furniture and rug seem “anchored,” and creates a sense of harmony.

Make sure front legs sit on rug, to anchor the space.
Make sure front legs sit on rug, to anchor the space.

7. Rug pads are always a good idea: They help keep your rug from slipping out of place, and add an extra layer of protection from damage to hardwood floors.

Use a rug pad to add cushion to your carpet, and protect hardwood floors.
Use a rug pad to add cushion to your carpet, and protect hardwood floors.

8. Try using a rug as a wall hanging! It’s a great way to add visual interest and warmth to your room, and also helps to dampen sound between thinner walls.

Use antique oriental rugs as wall art.
Use antique oriental rugs as wall art.

9. In areas with higher traffic, selecting a rug with a pattern reduces the appearance of wear and makes damage less noticeable.

Dark colored antique rugs hide dirt and damage.
Dark colored antique rugs hide dirt and damage.

10. To make your hallways appear larger, use a runner rug that is approximately 4 inches narrower and 18-24 inches longer than the dimensions of the hallway.

Hall runners should be approximately 4" thinner than the width of the hall.
Hall runners should be approximately 4″ thinner than the width of the hall.

11. When placing a rug underneath a dining table, ensure that there is an extra 2 feet of carpet around all sides of the rug, to enable diners entering or exiting the table to pull out their chairs without getting caught or tripping over the edge of the rug.

Choose a dining room rug big enough that guests have room to pull out their chairs.
Choose a dining room rug big enough that guests have room to pull out their chairs.

12. Smaller rugs look great at the foot or side of a bed; just make sure that the width of the rug is at least 1 foot longer than the width of the bed, or else the rug will look disproportionately small.

When choosing a rug for a bedroom, make sure it is wider than the bed.
When choosing a rug for a bedroom, make sure it is wider than the bed.

13. One way to achieve the impact of a colorful rug on a more modest budget is to layer a colorful and patterned small rug over a larger neutral mat in a complementary shade.

Try placing a smaller antique rug on a neutral mat.
Try placing a smaller antique rug on a neutral mat.

14. Make sure to consider any floor vents, electrical outlets, or door frame in your space before selecting your rug. These may pose unwelcome obstacles if they are not taken into account!

Make sure to take into account any electrical outlets, door frames, and other obstacles.
Make sure to take into account any electrical outlets, door frames, and other obstacles.

15. Handmade rugs, as opposed to machine-made rugs, are generally more durable and last longer. Although in some cases hand-made rugs are more expensive, their value becomes apparent over the years that they last.

Handmade rugs are always a better investment in the long run.
Handmade rugs are always a better investment in the long run.