Your Rug Rules?

Your Rug Rules?

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Adrienne Breaux
Dec 14, 2009

It's hard to deny the impact rugs have on a space. They can bring in color, pattern, pull a room's decor together and they feel great underfoot. With all the different elements having to do with picking out a rug, it's no surprise that many people have their own rug rules.

We were poking through all the gorgeous rugs in a local Austin store SoCO Designs the other day (rugs in photos from SoCO Designs owned by designer Kit Odom, styled at local store Wendow--look for a store post later!) and it got us thinking about using rugs in different kinds of spaces. While we don't currently have any rugs in our space, we've had rugs in other apartments, and always try to stick to a few of our own rug rules:

1.) Keep a good proportion. Not having a rug that is too small or that drowns out the furniture is important. We always made sure that all the furniture surrounding the rug was placed at least halfway on top of the rug.

2.) Play with style. If our furniture is contemporary we like to go with a more traditional rug style and pattern. If we have traditional furniture, we like to bring in interest by pairing with a modern rug.

3.) Don't over do it. It can be a little overwhelming for large rooms to have too many rugs, so we try and choose the furniture arrangements that could really benefit by having a rug.

Do you have any rug rules that you swear by? Have you ever broken any of your rug rules with success (or failure)? Have you ever seen a rug used in a way that surprised or shocked you? Share your rug rules!

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How To: Get an Area Rug on the Cheap
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