Decorating with Area Rugs

Area rugs can be the perfect complement to any room. Knowing some decorating basics can help you make the most of your space. Keep these four factors in mind when decorating your home with area rugs.

Area Rug Sizes

Many homeowners are tempted to go with smaller area rugs because they naturally cost less. Skimping out on size will only make your room look smaller. For example, an area rug in your living room should be large enough so that at least the front legs of each piece of furniture are on it. You’ll want to feel the rug under your feet when you get out of bed in the morning as well. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your bedroom area rug extends two feet beyond the bed on all sides.


It makes sense to use an area rug over a harder flooring material such as hardwood, tile, or natural stone. Some homeowners may be reluctant to layer an area rug over carpeting, but they shouldn’t be. An area rug over carpet can define boundaries in the room and give it a sense of playfulness.

Area Rugs Aren’t Afterthoughts

If you’re going to be remodeling or decorating a new home, you might make the mistake of adding the area rug last. You should actually choose your rug first because it can serve to tie a room together, and it may be hard to match the décor you’ve already chosen to a particular rug. The room’s furniture placement, color scheme, and accessories should all connect to the area rug.


While the area rug should be the centerpiece of the room, you’re stuck with the size and shape of the room you’re purchasing it for. For a dining room, you can try a rectangular rug paired with a long table, a round rug and round table, or a hexagonal rug and a square table.

Luckily area rugs come in all different shapes, sizes, and patterns which means you can find one to help decorate any room. Carpet Empire Plus has a great selection of area rugs for you to choose from, visit us today to see for yourself.

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