Let's turn conventional wisdom on its head for a moment. You don't have to purchase area rugs to suit your interior design. Instead, you can fashion your interior design around your area rugs. Sound crazy? Well, think about it for a second. Area rugs provide a centralized focal point for any given room, and they're far more integral to the overall essence of the room than we give them credit for. So rather than treating them as afterthoughts, let's consider ways in which we might utilize them to their full potential.
A Splash of Paint
Let's start with your walls. I mean, chances are your walls could use a good coat of paint right about now anyway. So how might you be able to decorate your walls in such a way that complements your rugs? Start by observing the color or your rug. If you have a neutral color, you might choose a paint color that closely—but not exactly—matches the color of your rug. The key is to create uniformity while still allowing for a touch of contrast. If you have a bold, dark colored rug, look for the most neutral color available. For instance, a dark red Persian rug may have strands of chestnut or vanilla separating the various patterns.
Balance and Harmony
Situate your furniture around the rug. This is the easy part, and it costs nothing. Nevertheless, it's critically important. I mean, your area rug serves a purpose. It's not meant to sit haphazardly in a corner somewhere. In a dining room, it should be centered beneath the main table. In a living room, you might surround it with sofas, love seats and perhaps an entertainment center, with a coffee table right in the middle of all the action. Consider how your area rug will bring the room together.
With that said, don't obsess over symmetry. Yes, your area rugs serve a purpose, but that doesn't mean that everything must be perfectly uniform. For instance, if you have two couches surrounding your area rug, you might situate one with all four legs on the rug, and the other with only two legs on the rug. These subtle touches can go a long way in enhancing the overall appeal of the room. Experiment with different arrangements.
One is Never Enough
Use multiple rugs to separate large rooms. With a variety of area rugs at your disposal, you can really take your interior design to the next level. Just make sure to vary your sizes, because identically sized rugs can actually have the opposite effect, creating an overly simplistic and visually unappealing vibe. Again, you'll want to experiment with different placements to achieve just the right look for your home. Don't be afraid to get creative. If you need ideas for rugs, Natual Home Rugs carries a wide selection of jute, sisal, seagrass and even bamboo area rugs. Check out the selection.