5 Design Ideas for around the house

Overlay one on the other, apply some patch work, linking blue to tie in, blending and merging patterns, contrasting

5 Design Ideas for Around the House

Persian & Oriental carpets make for a fantastically versatile interior creative concept - there is so much that can be done - the sizes, patterns, the colours - all contribute to the space in which they are to play a role. And the ideas are limited only by your own imagination. So here are some ideas to assist you getting started or to consider in your space.

You can add a rug or carpet to a room that lacks excitement, panache, and that solves the issue. But there is so much more that can be done. A carpet can anchor a room, define it, add warmth or focus. It can even become a talking point!

Persians and Oriental carpets have been around for a very long time. They simply never 'go out of fashion' and they will continue this trend into the future. Regardless of what style or size of home you have, there is always a Persian or Oriental carpet suitable to add colour, style, fashion, nostalgia, trend, value, taste, culture ... and the list goes on. But you get what I mean.

Here are some ideas that you can use as thought-starters [using the images at the top of the page as a reference]:

  1. One idea is to layer your rugs, either one Persian on another or a Persian on a wall-to-wall or runner, which accentuates beautifully dark on light.
  2. Apply a little 'patchwork', meaning different size rugs on top of one another as opposed to one large carpet. This gives versatility up the line to change colours, patterns and shapes.
  3. In an area such as the kitchen or bathroom, where you have a themed colour, use a rug to accentuate or call out that colour. It could even be the secondary colour in the rug, but it will work well as an overall scene.
  4. In a bathroom area you could 'blend' a warm runner over a tile to tie in or even contrast with it. If you can find one such runner, you could blend it into the decor without drawing too much attention to it.
  5. Contrasting works well in smaller spaces and a bold rug or runner can easily become a focal point while adding that warmth to the area.

Use Rugs to Define Areas

Add a rug or carpet to a room that lacks excitement, and problem solved. While that alone is a good enough reason to decorate with a rug, there are many others just as compelling. You might even say it completes a room by tying all the different pieces together visually. A rug can anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room's decor.

There are several different ways to decorate with a rug, but we will start with ten of them:

1. Use Rugs to Define Areas

Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas, and foyers. This is especially useful in studio apartments or larger rooms that need definition.

2. Create Variety

You can use rugs to create variety in a space. When you use two rugs in a room, be aware that same sized rugs can visually cut the room in two. Use different sized rugs to create a sense of variety.

3. Create Harmony

When using more than one rug, it's better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many "warring" patterns in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.

4. Get Ideas for a Color Scheme

Use a favorite rug as the basis of the color scheme in a room. On the other hand, if you add it after you have your furniture in place, you can use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colors.

5. Control the Volume

Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper has an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern or bolder colors to add more interest to the room.

6. Create a Focal Point

Use a rug as the focal point of your room, as rugs can make a huge impact. To do that you can create contrast by painting your walls a hue that echoes one of your rug's accent colors.

7. Dress Up a Wall

Use a rug as a wall hanging for another way to display a rug, or to create a focal point.

8. Play Around With Shapes

Don't assume that a rug has to be a rectangle. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. Try figuring out which shape would look best, and then go with a square, round or oval shape if that seems to complement your furniture arrangement better than a rectangular one.

9. Make Sure to Get the Right Size

When you buy a room size rug, subtract 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room look a little larger. When laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 24" of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. Runners should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.

10. Update a Room

Change out rugs and pillows to update a room for changing seasons, or as a way to introduce new color trends.

Bonus Tip:

Always use a liner (non-slip underlay) to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. ¬ĚThe rug liner should be appropriate for your floor type, and also be the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding. But this non-slip underlay plays an equally important role in that it protects the back of the knots from wearing against the floor. In high traffic areas these are more needed, as there is a greater chance of friction between the back of the carpet and the floor. This will also extend the life of the carpet itself as well as give you a more plush feeling when walking over the carpet.