A rug is one of the most effective ways to make your small space look larger and more organized. It instills color, textures, and warmth, and it can help muffle sounds inside your small space. They are a versatile piece of decoration — you can pile them, layer them, combine them with different elements, and use them as the base for the rest of your décor.
If your space is rented and came furnished, you might want to add a personal touch to it. And while it’s harder to choose a rug when you already have the furniture and some of the decoration, it’s still possible to find a perfect match.
But before you bring a rug in your small apartment or room, there are a few things you need to consider.
Go for rounded rugs
Round rugs are an excellent way to make rooms look more spacious. They create movement, invigorate the décor, and define spaces without making them look too isolated or closed. It is possible to put them under square furniture, but it’s best to replicate the shape with other elements like ottomans, stools, or even artwork.
Keep an eye on proportions
Evaluate the size and style of the furniture, and choose a rug that complements these elements and still brings something new to the table. For example, if you’re looking for rugs for your dining room in the kitchen-dining area and you already have the table and chairs, take a note of the colors of the furniture to find a rug with a similar tone.
Then, consider which new elements you’d like to bring to the décor. For instance, you might want to add a fun element to a traditional look, warm up a space with a cool palette, or make it look more spacious. Different rugs will create different results.
Color and patterns
Patterns often help to create more space and length in a room. For example, a large rug with a small pattern helps extend open rooms like halls.
When it comes to color, bright colors are best to make the room look more spacious. Solid rugs or rugs with small patterns and a limited palette help balance the room without making it seem crowded. Combine a light-colored, thin-piled rug with minimalistic furniture and a big mirror to make any room look larger.
Take into account the direction of the light. If your room is facing south, it will have cooler tones; while a north-facing room will look warmer. When you find out how light enters your room, it’ll be easier to balance the warm or cool tones to even out the tones in your décor.
If possible, try the rug at home before you buy it. Sometimes, a rug might look different at home than it did at the store. You also need to make sure the size of the rug is right for your space.
In small spaces, rugs can play a big part in making the rooms look larger. Use rounded rugs in light colors, pair them with mirrors and small patterns, and you’ll have a spacious, comfortable small room with its unique style and personality.