I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times I’m watching gorgeous house pics online, appreciating the look of the room, the beautiful lighting, the perfect styling, and then it occurs… slowly my eyes wander down to the shag rug and all the warm vibes I’ve had for the room just disappear. All I want to do is get in there and give it a little tug to get it right.
Having the rug right is all about setting a good base for the space. It’s one of the cornerstones of your space when it comes to layout and styling, and it’s important to get it right. To help you master this to your own house, I’m sharing my top five rug placement tips below!
The rug is an island & an anchor
The carpet should be the aesthetic anchor for much of the room’s features. Rug positioning is about equilibrium and harmony. It’s a big object in the room, and its location needs to fit into room as well as visually put everything together that would otherwise simply ‘float’ in the space.
Think of your empty floor as a wall, and the rug as a great work of art display. Its location must be balanced inside the room (as a large work of art would be placed against a wall) and it must anchor smaller objects in the room, such as furniture (as a large frame would house the art within it).
There will be parts that don’t fit on the rug, and you can equate them to smaller artifacts that would hang on a wall around a larger focal piece.
The location needs to make sense in the space
The rug also needs to be based on the central architectural feature (fireplace, wide windows, primary visual wall) of the space. It doesn’t really have to be a smack dab in the centre of the room-you want its location to be an island for the visual importance of the room. If it isn’t in the centre, it needs to add sense (centred on a large picture window or the fireplace).
It’s something you’re going to spend some energy thinking about right now, because when it’s done right, neither you nor anyone else can ever hear or worry about it again… but when it’s off, the whole room just seems off. It’s one of those intangible issues that you can’t put your hands on.
Some rugs are also placed in entryways, but entrance rugs for home are completely different to area rugs.
Play with the angle
Turn your carpet to get the feel you want. The rug adds attention and emphasis to the room or area and creatively brings together all smaller things in that space, so don’t be scared to try to turn it around a few various ways to see what works best to tie it together.
I try both vertically and horizontally, and sometimes at an angle, until I settle on the best position. Ideally, you want to build a visible bubble around the seating plan and leave simple walking paths from room to room if required, so think about moving the rug in which ever way it works best to do that.
Spin, turn, adjust, fine tune. Don’t be afraid to try putting a rug in a variety of different ways before deciding on the placement.