Tips For Using New Modern Area Rugs in Your Contemporary Decor
As interior design trends shift from the plush living rooms and bedrooms of the 1990’s and 2000’s to the more modern, angular lines of today’s decor, carpeting has gone by the wayside in favor of hardwood or tile flooring. Carpet-free spaces are often easier to keep clean and create a more sophisticated look, but they can also be too cold or leave the room feeling too sparse. Area rugs are the answer. New contemporary modern area rugs add excitement, and when paired with the right pieces, often tie an entire room together. The challenge is deciding how to best accent your room with a rug.
Our five tips for adding modern area rugs to your contemporary decor
1. Create Definition with Modern Area Rugs
Homes with open floor plans provide plenty of space and often lots of sunlight, but it can be harder to define the spaces when it comes to their purpose. Without definition, the living room easily becomes the dining room, which runs into the kitchen and leaves the space feeling empty. This is especially true in studio apartments, where the living, sleeping, and eating spaces are often one, or in large rooms or homes.
Modern area rugs that match your decor can help you add definition to these spaces. Add one under your dining table for a comfortable eating space, at the front door to welcome guests, or under your living room furniture to create a cozy place to curl up with your favorite TV show.
2. Choose the Right Color Modern Rugs for the Space
Different colors evoke different emotions, so you’ll want to choose an area rug color for your room that not only matches the rest of your decor but also helps to create the atmosphere you want to achieve in the room. Are you adding a rug to a contemporary modern home office? Choose a neutral color, such as white, tan, or gray. Perhaps you’re putting together a child’s room. Bright yellow or green creates a sunny, cheerful mood. Remember, the darker a color, the smaller the room will appear.
Avoid jewel tones or black if you are furnishing a small space. Avoid getting stuck in the rut of trying to perfectly match the color of your rug to the rest of the decor. This is difficult to do and may even make the room look unnaturally coordinated.
3. Add Some Variety to Your Modern Area Rugs
In particularly large spaces, it can be difficult to find one rug that covers all the area you want it to. One option is to use two or more new modern area rugs, but be careful of the layout you choose. When you use area rugs that are all the same size and shape, it is easy to make a room look too divided, especially if the pieces aren’t the same color or pattern.
When using more than one rug in a space, vary the sizes and types of area rugs to add balanced variety. For example, you can use a smaller rectangular or round rug in front of a door and choose a large square rug for the rest of the living space.
4. Consider the Rest of the Room When Picking Your Modern Area Rugs
A room that’s too busy is visually unappealing and makes it hard to know where to look. Trying to relax in a room full of too many patterns and colors can also be distracting. If the space you’re decorating already has patterned wallpaper, bright furniture, or other “loud” decor, choose a neutral-colored rug with a subtler look to even it out.
On the other hand, if most of your decor is neutral and the walls are white, a brightly colored rug or a pattern can add depth and interest to an otherwise stark space.
5. Shop for the Right Size New Modern Area Rugs
Learning how to measure the rug in the space is key. The wrong size rug can easily disrupt flow of the space you’re decorating. A piece that’s too small to fit well under your furniture night make the room feel cramped, but one that’s too large for the rest of your decor could make your furniture look miniature. People constantly wonder how big should a rug be relative to the size, shape and dimensions of the room and as a rule of thumb, if you are buying a rug, many home decorators will say that if you want to cover the room, subtract three feet from the room’s dimensions. But we suggest taking that with a grain of salt and going based on what you love most.
For example, if the room is 12 feet by 20 feet, you’ll want a rug that is 9 feet by 17 feet. When you want a rug that is only as large as the furniture it’s under, go about two feet larger than the dimensions of the space your furniture covers. A living room furniture setup that is 8 feet by 10 feet needs a rug that is 10 feet by 12 feet.
Whether you want your new modern area rugs to be big and bold or small and neutral, remember to put a liner underneath of them. Area rugs without liners are prone to slipping on hardwood floors and can bunch up under furniture, leaving creases that may require professional removal.
Nazmiyal Collection provides a wide variety of contemporary modern rugs in many styles, colors, and sizes. Check out our selection to find the right area rug to spruce up your home today!