Rug Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Mistakes You’re Making With Your Rugs

Rugs are a central part of interior design in most homes. They add comfort and order to many spaces. Plus, they are excellent tools for enhancing your décor. Unfortunately, many people are making all-too-common mistakes with their rugs. The following are rug mistakes you may be making and how to correct them.

Waiting To Choose a Rug

Many people try to match their rugs to their existing décor. This can be a huge mistake. In many rooms, the rug is the central piece that ties the room together. While some rugs are more neutral and some are bold, nearly all of them are (relatively) large.

If you have everything else in the room worked out before the rug, you may really struggle to find the perfect rug. While a throw pillow that isn’t a perfect match may not be a problem, a rug that clashes can ruin a room. Instead of waiting, choose the rug first. Follow it up with accents such as throw pillows. After that choose the window dressings.

This approach will ensure that the rug works perfectly with the rest of the room. Additionally, it gives you a chance to be more playful with your rug choice. Rather than choosing something neutral just so it doesn’t clash, you can opt for a rug that is bold and unique.

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Choosing your rug before the rest of your decor ensures the design is seamless.

Getting the Wrong Size Rug

In many cases, rugs and carpets are used to create defined areas and set boundaries. Unfortunately, many people choose the wrong rug size for their spaces. This can detract from the sense of order for the area.

If you are choosing a rug for a seating area or similar subsection of a room, the conventional approach is to choose a rug that will fill the spaces so that the front legs of the furniture are on the rug and the back legs aren’t. Another increasingly popular approach is to choose an oversized rug that is slightly larger than the area so that furniture is completely on it. This works well with modern aesthetics.

When choosing a rug for a room, measure the size of the room and subtract two or three feet from each dimension. This will let the floor underneath create a beautiful border.

Rug Sizes Matter Nazmiyal

Make sure to choose the right sized rug for your space.

The biggest mistake is to choose a too-small rug. While an overly large rug can look out of place, it can also be worked into the right design. An overly small rug, on the other hand, will look awkward and cheap.

Having Only One Layer

Many people think of rugs as being used only on hardwood floors. They never think to layer rugs with other rugs or over a carpet. However, this can create incredible design effects.

Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a little boring when it is bare. Adding an area rug as you would for a hardwood floor is a great way to dress the space up. If the carpet is a neutral color, the possibilities are limitless. Similarly, you can layer two rugs on top of each other. A big rug over a smaller rug can define a subsection. Alternatively, two similar-sized rugs may be overlapped to create a more dynamic look.

Rug Layering Carpet Nazmiyal

Layering your rug over carpeting can be a great look.

Not Being Bold

Rugs come in a diverse variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. This provides an opportunity to be bold in your interior design. Since rugs are often such large and important parts of the décor, many people are hesitant to use them to their full potential. Instead, they opt for safe colors and boring but functional patterns.

Traditional advice has held that you should only have one bold pattern in a room. If your throw pillows are striking accents, for example, your rug should be more mellow. However, sometimes blending together several patterns can work. In fact, eclectic interior designs that celebrate the visual noise are growing more and more popular.

Certainly, using a bold pattern and/or color palette on your rug is not always easy. However, it can be a great chance for exploration and fun. Don’t hesitate to see what you can come up with.

Bold Rug Interior Nazmiyal

Don’t be afraid to use a bold rug in your design.

Why Using Rug Tape Is A Big No-No

This is not a design-related error, but it is a big one nonetheless. Use a rug pad under your rugs, especially if they are premium quality. Rug tape will only leave residue on your floors and your rugs. It is often ineffective and more trouble than it is worth. Conversely, a good rug pad will make your rugs even more comfortable and enjoyable.

Finding the Right Rug for Your Home

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, you can start shopping for rugs for your home. At Nazmiyal, we have a broad selection for any style, including antique, modern and vintage rugs. We also provide custom rug services. Our collection includes rugs for display and investment as well as rugs for typical floor coverings. Connect with our experts to help find the right piece for your needs. Start exploring our pieces today.

Here are some antique rugs that you should definitely consider for your next home decor project:

Large Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug Nazmiyal

Large Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug

Here are some vintage rugs that you should definitely consider for your next home decor project:

Vintage Spanish Pile Rug Nazmiyal

Vintage Spanish Pile Rug

Here are some modern rugs that you should definitely consider for your next home decor project:

Modernist Collection Rug Nazmiyal

Modernist Collection Rug

Modern Expressionist Collection Rug Nazmiyal

Modern Expressionist Collection Rug

This interior design blog about common rug mistakes was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.

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