An area rug can be a great addition to your bedroom. It provides an element of your unique style and taste, but it can also have other, more functional benefits such as hiding stains on a carpet or absorbing noise or echo.
Similarly, they can make a room more cozy and intimate, help define different areas, protect your feet from the cold as you get out of bed in the morning, protect your floors and complete your room décor. But before you start looking for the perfect area rug for your bedroom, it’s important to keep in mind a solid idea of what the space needs regarding size, style, color, and materials.
Choose the style
One important aspect of buying a rug is that it creates balance with the rest of the décor. For example, bold patterns and lively colors (such as Oriental rugs) work best with decorations in solid colors. Similarly, solid low-pile rugs go well inside rooms decorated with prints or other artwork. You can match patterns, but you’ll find it easier to select a rug if you have an idea of how to bring all the elements together. Common colors are a good way to help rugs and other décor in the room work in harmony.
Determine the size
While the style is determined by your taste and current decor, the size will depend on how big the room is and how much furniture you have. As a rule of thumb, area rugs don’t touch the walls. Instead, leave between five to eight inches of uncovered floor. Choose a rug large enough to place all the furniture on it. Conversely, you can choose a smaller rug that leaves about three inches of uncovered floor between its edge and the furniture.
Small rugs aren’t necessarily the best option for small rooms. Instead, use one large round rug for the whole room.
The most common places to put a rug in a bedroom are at the side or the foot of the bed, and you can pair them, too. If you want to avoid a cold floor in the morning but still want to show off your floors, a rug at the side of the bed is the way to go. You can use either a large rug and center the bed on it to cover both sides of the bed or a runner rug only on one side. If you choose a large rug, remember to leave a few inches of space between the edge of the rug and the walls. If you go for a runner rug, it should be the same length as your bed. The same goes for the rug at the foot of the door: it should fill most of the space while leaving a few inches of bare floor, and it should be able to fit other furniture such as benches.
Pick the materials
Rugs come in a broad variety of synthetic and natural materials, and each one brings different textures and depths to the room. But don’t go for the furry, cozy rugs just yet, as there are other things to consider before you choose your area rug.
Take into consideration how much traffic there is in your room, and whether or not you have pets. Some materials such as fur and silk look beautiful on bedrooms, but they can get dirty or worn down quickly. Instead, consider using materials like wool or sisal, which are more durable, easier to clean and maintain, and can endure heavy traffic.
An area rug can do wonders for your bedroom. Before you start searching for one, visualize where you’re going to put it, how you’re going to use it, and what furniture it’s going to complement to determine what the best options are for you.