Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs and Carpets

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Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs – Finding the perfect antique rug is only the start of the interior design battle. The style war really begins when you bring your rug home and step foot in the trenches of putting it down. But, don’t despair! We’ve pulled together the handiest tricks of the decor trade to help you lay your rug down the right way – the first time. The most important rule of thumb is measure, measure, measure.

Know the size of the room your area rug will live in before you hit the shops. Designers generally suggest 8-18 inches of bare floor space along the perimeter of your rug. For dining rooms, this jumps to 24 inches, to ensure the legs of all dining chairs sit – and stay – on the carpet. Furniture placement on your rug is important, no matter where it goes.

Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs
Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs

Before you take carte blanche to the rug gallery, have an idea of your decor floor plan. Ideally, you want to have all four legs of your bed, tables, chairs and accessories on the carpet. If that’s a stretch, you can push it to just the front two legs, but anything less won’t get you the peak of chic.

Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs - Rug Laying Guide
Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs – Rug Laying Guide

The lay-out of your home is also something to consider when sizing a rug. You’ll want to be wary of where you place it and whether the corners or edges will get much traffic. Footsteps can kick-up sides, damaging your antique rug and put you at risk for trips and falls. Avoid rug burn from the beginning, and pick a rug that will have a traffic-less home.

If it’s the room size that’s giving you trouble, consider a custom made rug. Awkward and unusual sizes can limit your rug choices, but Nazmiyal solves that problem by offering  made-to-order creations. The Moroccan rug collection can be customized to fit any room, adding vintage style in the perfect size. Of course, rules are made to be broken. Nothing in interior design is written in stone, so feel free to tweak these tips to suit your style. And if you have any of your own rug laying advice – we’d love to hear about it in the comments!