Using Rugs to Divide a Room

Using Rugs to Divide a Room

Sarah Coffey
Apr 12, 2010

When we think of room dividers, we usually imagine screens, shelves, or some other kind of vertical partition, but horizontal planes can just as effectively define "rooms" within a larger space. Without creating a physical barrier, rugs help to separate living rooms from dining rooms, foyers from halls, and bedrooms from open spaces.

The photos above all demonstrate how the scale of a rug impacts the way space is viewed. In an open room (like photo 1), a "floating space" can be anchored by a rectangular rug and just a few floor cushions. Rugs kept free of heavy furniture can also act as connectors between spaces (photos 2, 4, 6).

In small spaces (7 and 8), rugs that exceed the edges of the furniture can make a room appear larger, while in large lofts (9 and 10), rugs can group a seating or dining area into a more intimate space. For the full tour of each of the homes glimpsed above, click through the links below.

1 Catherine & Christofer's 1930's Budget Colonial
2 Naseem's Uncluttered Live and Work Space
3 Trish's North Portland Nest
4 Ligne Roset and Valcuccine's "Apartment"
5 Ariana and Andreas' Downey Street Tree House

6 Kim and Scott's Happy Yellow Brick Home
7 Laura's Inviting Live/Work Studio
8 Maria's Surprise Filled Classic Home
9 Derek and Jennifer's Mix Century Modern
10 Ann and Dabney's Splendid Blended Storefront Conversion

Photos: Violet Marsh Photography, Naseem, Molly Anderson, Jill Slater, Jessica Watson, Kim and Scott Vargo, Derek and Jennifer, Ann Manubay and Dabney Frake

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