Monica Arango’s Tips for Styling Rugs Like a Pro

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Rugs are the ultimate shapeshifters of the design world. With the power to transform a room from mundane to magnificent with just a touch of texture, color, or pattern, their significance extends far beyond mere aesthetics. A rug is a versatile piece that can shape the ambiance and functionality of any space that it graces.

Whether you are seeking to spruce up your home or craft the perfect commercial space, this guide delves into the fascinating world of rugs. It is not just about aesthetics – we will explore how to choose the right rug for both function and style, considering everything from size and material to layering techniques and the surprising art form rugs can become. Here is everything you need to know.

  1. Think Like a Design Detective 

The first step to styling a rug is to ensure that it feels like it’s a part of the design concept. Identify the key elements like the color scheme and textures and look for a rug that complements these elements. 

For instance, at C’est ici Design, our signature style is minimalist chic, and we often work with a lot of neutral tones. Therefore, we love bringing in colors and patterns to the space by adding a rug that complements our design concept.

A rug with similar colors to the rest of the room can create a seamless and cohesive space.
Photo Credit: Design: MNDesign and Anastasia Konnova, Style: Yana Yakhina and Polina Rozhkova, Photo: Sergey Krasyk

  1. Don’t Stop at Aesthetics

A rug is so much more than a design element. It can add warmth to a room, define a space or dampen noise. Determine the rug’s purpose and select a rug that meets your functional and aesthetic preferences. 

In dining areas, choose a rug that accommodates chair movement. Prioritize durability and ease of maintenance when selecting a rug for high-traffic areas such as a waiting lobby. 

  1. Size Matters 

It is important to choose a rug that fits the scale of your room and its furniture arrangement. A rug that is too small can make the room feel disjointed. 

A well-sized rug in a living room should comfortably accommodate all key furniture pieces, extending beyond the edges to create visual unity and anchor the seating area.

In open floor plans, use area rugs to define different living zones.
Photo Credit: Design: ROOM Studio, Style: Yana Yakhina, Photo: Olga Shangina

  1. Explore the Materials

Next, consider the material, weave and construction of the rug based on your lifestyle and needs. 

A wool rug is usually more durable while a silk rug adds luxury and refinement to the space. Similarly, natural fibers like jute are great for casual spaces. Another tip is to choose a rug that feels good underfoot, especially for areas where you often walk barefoot.

  1. Rugs as ‘Art’

Rugs are not just for the floor anymore. Hang them on walls to add texture, color, and visual interest to the space, to lend a unique character to the space. 

There is often an inspiring story about the history and craftsmanship of the rug that makes it a meaningful addition to any space, transforming itself into a piece of art. 

  1. Create Depth and Dimensions

Experiment layering rugs of different textures, patterns, sizes, and colors to create that extra visual interest and dimension to your space. 

Imagine a plush, neutral wool rug as the base, overlaid with a vibrant, geometric kilim for a touch of playful energy. 

  1. Let the Rug Shine

A statement rug that draws focus can be a great addition to the room. Make sure to balance it by complementing it with subtle, understated furnishings and accessories. 

Opt for coffee and side tables with clean lines and minimal ornamentation that complements the statement rug. This allows the rug to be the star of the show while maintaining a sense of visual harmony.

Choose minimalist furniture and decor with a statement rug to avoid creating an overwhelming space.
Photo Credit: Design: Ksenia Konovalova, Style: Yana Yakhina and Polina Rozhkova, Photo: Olga Shangina

  1. Navigate the Trends 

In rug design, there is a growing trend towards sustainability, with more emphasis on eco-friendly materials and production methods. Additionally, there’s a rise in the popularity of minimalist and geometric designs, as well as a resurgence of traditional and vintage styles with modern twists. 

While these certainly are good considerations, it is important to use a rug that suits the space without focusing too much on trends as they come and go. 

  1. The Perfect Rug Exists 

Design a bespoke rug to create the perfect ambiance for your room. Several brands, like Art de Vivre, offer the option to customize a rug that fits seamlessly into the space, harmonizing with its dimensions and style – a one-shade customized rug only takes two to four weeks to make.  Additionally, digital printing technology enables intricate and customizable patterns.

A bespoke rug is a great way to bring the homeowners’ personality into the space.
Photo Credit: Art de Vivre and Repeat Story

At C’est ici Design, bespoke solutions are a part of our DNA. A customized rug, therefore, becomes an important part of the spaces we design, allowing us to experiment and create a space that truly resonates with our clients.

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Date added:

4 June, 2024

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