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From Flokati and novelty rugs, to the standard area rug, rugs have become more than justmere accessories in contemporary interior design. They give you a range of practical, creative, stylish opportunities that can fit any context in order to define living space. Rugs don’t just draw the eye, protect floors, or cushion feet, they also breathe life into a room, turning it into a comfortable, homey place. However, with so much sizes, shapes, styles, textures, colors, not to mention positions, a rug can take, there are a lot of things to consider when adding a rug to your living room.


Size
When it comes to size, area rugs have to encompass enough of living room space to bring the furniture together.According to interior designer Suzanne Sharp an area rug should “anchor the room”, regulating “the rooms natural flow”.Hence, if the rug is too large, it may distort the perception of other elements, making living room furniture seem small, and depreciating its design.To resolve this, choose a rug size that is able to incorporate the front legs of your couch and chairs. Not only does this prevent furniture from sliding off, but it also turns this area into a defined and well-incorporated conversation space.

Shape
The shape of the area rug is determined by the configuration of the room and the rug’s intended purpose. Consider the depth and size of the living room, position of walkways, entrances, and furniture when making your choice. For the most part rectangular and square shaped rugs work best in a broad space, such as a living room. However, when considering a rug for a smaller living room area, a round one works best as it allows emphasis of the floor and furniture. While the most audacious approach incorporates both round and rectangular rugs, oppositely placed beneath square and round furniture.

Style and Color
Area rugs come in a wide variety of styles, patterns and colors. When considering this characteristic, you should examine the design of the room. The design of your rug should unite the overall feel in the living room, complementing its color pallet, but also accentuating the room’s theme. A lush pattern or a bright solid color might seem too much, but actually their intensity takes advantage of the rugs ability to add character and a new level of visual engagement, as well as your living room.

Texture
Because the living room is the focal point of your home, it should convey a feeling of comfort both to you and your guests. An area rug takes advantage of that perspective by adding comfort via its texture. For the most part, you should always consider natural materials like wool and silk. However, this does not mean you will be set back a lot, since there are solid cheap modern rugs that are both visually appealing and made from natural fabrics. Consider the texture of your furniture when making a choice. Materials like velvet do well with smooth rugs made from sisal, while satin or leather are great in combination with softer woolen shag rugs. Texture is an often overlooked aspect of rugs, but it gives your living room a homey feeling soft to the touch, which shouldn’t be overlooked.

Efficiency
Depending on your choice, rugs can also be practical addition to your living room. Placed underneath furniture, rugs protect your floors by anchoring it in place. This reduces the chance of scratching, which is especially useful if you have hardwood floors made from quality lumber. With the addition of padding under the rug, they create another insulating layer, providing you with a warmer, more comfortable surface for your feet.

In the end, you should treat rugs with the same main principles that guide the rest of your home design – have fun and make them reflect your personality. With an attitude like that, you will make the right rug choice every single time.