Using Rugs to Bring a Unique Touch to Your Decor

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A decade ago, rugs were only found on the floors of most homes.  Today, various styles of rugs add dimension and beauty through luxurious texture, dramatic designs and color.  While they are perfect for the floor, there are other ways to incorporate beautifully designed rugs in to your decor!  The ideas below will help you create rooms that are unique and make an impact on all who enter your home.

Rugs come in every shape and size

There are so many different types of rugs available that it’s often hard to decide what you want.

Oriental and Persian rugs offer an elegant, rich appearance for your home.  Often hand-knotted, such rugs are made by skilled artisans that love their work.  It can take these craftspeople up to 2 years to create a single rug.  The older these rugs are, the more worth they have.

Braided rugs are another type of rug that has remained popular over the years.  Some contain up to 10 colors, and are perfect for the country-themed, traditional or rustic home.

Round, rectangular, square or oval, you can find rugs in every shape and color to meet your decor needs.

Unique ideas for decorating with rugs

Sure, an area-size braided or Persian rug is perfect for warming up wood or tile floors, but how can you use them in other ways?

A large rug makes a perfect addition to a wall.  When placed above the couch or fireplace mantle, a rug can become the focal point of the room.  Oriental rugs are especially fitting for this purpose.

How can you add a bit of texture and drama to the mantle?  Drape a runner that is typically used for a hallway or staircase across the mantle; it is a beautiful backdrop to those pictures, statues, candles and other accents you may use to decorate the mantle.

If you have sofa or accent tables in the living room that are a bit worn, a small Persian rug is the perfect solution.  When placed on top of the table, the intricate designs add color and pattern.  Nothing warms up a living room and adds depth quite like rugs!

Of course, you still want to use them on the floor, but you can create drama here as well.  Take a large round Persian rug and then place a smaller one on top of it for a unique look.  If the patterns contrast it’s even better, as long as the color theme blends.

Brightly colored whimsical rugs work great in the kitchen

If you’ve ever seen those smaller rugs embellished with brightly colored flowers and fruits, you may have thought them to be a bit garish.

While they aren’t perfect for every room, these types of rugs are perfect when used to brighten up a kitchen.  Place one in the floor in front of the sink, or hang two or three together on a dining room wall to add cheer.  A brightly colored floral arrangement or fruit basket used as a centerpiece for the table brings the look together.

From elegant Persian rugs to bold animal and exotic designs, there are many uses for rugs, from the most traditional to the wacky and whimsical.  Rugs are a beautiful way to add color and dimension to your home without spending too much money.  Use your imagination – you can create looks that will capture everyone’s attention.

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