Essential Tips for Decorating with Rugs

A rug is never just a rug and a mere accessory. Instead, as French interior and product designer Andrée Putman claims,

“A rug can emit a signal. It can suggest and define a space. Its luxurious pile can be an invitation to stretch out on the floor. Its proportions are significant.”

No wonder some of the most famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein, have at some stage turned their hand to rug design. Speaking of interior design, rugs have surely become “must have” accessories. Today designers are constantly exploring new patterns and textures, pushing the medium to its limits.


Rugs, thus, come in a vast range of colours, materials, and patterns and, as such, to choose the right decorative style requires some time and thought. Much like art, interior design is first and foremost a matter of taste. Yet there surely are some universal rules that can help you improve your space. With this list, our rug designers help you learn how to best use your rug – no matter which type of rug you choose.

1. Use rugs to define a space

When we think of room dividers, we tend to imagine a sort of vertical partition. However, rugs can also artfully define spaces and distinguish functions. This is particularly true in an open space where there aren’t walls to separate one function of the room from another. With rugs, you can create the illusion of containment without creating an actual physical barrier.

2. More than one rug in a same room

Although one large rug is often best in small rooms, the use of multiple rugs is becoming one of the very latest trends in home decor. The result is pleasing only if the rugs are not the same size; this can cut your space in half visually. Choose rugs of different sizes instead, and make sure they complement each other and have something in common, whether it is design, colour or style. This will create a sense of harmony.

3. Use the rug as focal point of your room

Rugs can help draw attention to a certain part of the room or just be a focal point by itself. To create a focal point, rugs have been traditionally positioned horizontally at the centre of the floor. If you want to be more creative, you can also hang rugs up on the wall,
like paintings. Either way, rugs will have a huge impact and add a touch of beauty to your interiors.

4. Resist overcrowding

When it comes to interior design, more doesn’t mean better. Indeed, all designers suggest not to introduce too much furniture into the same space because it will just look overcrowded, if not chaotic. We at Bazaar Velvet believe that a rug has to fulfil its role of enhancing the general context of the room without occupying all the floor area. Finally, always make sure to measure both the room and the rug carefully. Leave a few feet between the edge of the rug and the wall so as to create a spacious, welcoming and harmonic space.

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