Area rugs are one of my favorite interior decorating and design tools. They’re versatile because they come in such a huge variety of colors, styles, and patterns – plus they’re quite useful in practical ways too, such as covering cold spots on bare floors. They also tend to create a very cozy and inviting warmth, almost what many of us would think of as an “old fashioned” homey feeling that’s never present with wall to wall carpet.
Area rugs can be used pretty much anywhere inside your home. There are plenty of outdoor area rug styles to choose from too though, and these are designed specifically to hold up with common outdoor weather problems such as rain or snow. Inside your home though is where the real decorating fun can be had.
If you’ve wanted to decorate your home in a Southwestern design style for example, you could get started by strategically positioning Southwestern style area rugs. The rug pictured to the right for example, is a nice size of 3′ by 5′, and that would work wonderfully in most kitchen areas. It would even fit well into some entryways as well.
For the living room, family room, den or office, a larger rug of 8′ by 10′ like the one pictured to the left would work best, because rooms are generally larger and a small rug might get a bit lost in a large room unless it was being used for a doorway or entryway area rug.
As you can see, adding a bit of southwestern design style to your home would be quite easy if you started with rugs similar to those pictured. The exact same approach can be taken regardless of what design style you’re trying to accomplish too. If you wanted an oriental flair in your bedroom, then you’d choose an oriental style area rug. If you’re going for a cottage or country design scheme, you might want to try floral area rugs with soft and muted country colors.
The options are practically limitless of course, because of the huge variety of choices we can choose from. So pick a style or color, and try it out to see what you think. You could even choose several different styles and colors, then compare them in various places throughout your home to see which one fits your taste best.