Five ways to style rugs

We consult Monica Arango of C'est Ici Design to give her insights on how to style rugs

RUGSA rug with similar colors to the rest of the room can create a seamless and cohesive space. Photo Credit: Design: MNDesign and Anastasia Konnova, Style: Yana Yakhina and Polina Rozhkova, Photo: Sergey Krasyk

Rugs are the ultimate shapeshifters of the design world. With the power to transform a room from mundane to magnificent with just a touch of texture, color, or pattern, their significance extends far beyond mere aesthetics. A rug is a versatile piece that can shape the ambiance and functionality of any space it graces. Whether you are seeking to spruce up your home or craft the perfect commercial space, here are five essential tips for styling rugs to create the perfect blend of function and style, by Monica Arango of C’est Ici Design.

1. Make it Part of the Design concept

The first step to styling a rug is to ensure that it feels like it’s a part of the design concept. Identify the key elements like the color scheme and textures and look for a rug that complements these elements. For instance, at C’est ici Design, our signature style is minimalist chic, and we often work with a lot of neutral tones. Therefore, we love bringing in colors and patterns to the space by adding a rug that complements our design concept.

2. Balance Aesthetics and Functionality

A rug is so much more than a design element. It can add warmth to a room, define a space or dampen noise. Determine the rug’s purpose and select a rug that meets your functional and aesthetic preferences. In dining areas, choose a rug that accommodates chair movement. Prioritize durability and ease of maintenance when selecting a rug for high-traffic areas such as a waiting lobby.

3. Size Matters

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In open floor plans, use area rugs to define different living zones.
Photo Credit: Design: ROOM Studio, Style: Yana Yakhina, Photo: Olga Shangina

It is important to choose a rug that fits the scale of your room and its furniture arrangement. A rug that is too small can make the room feel disjointed. A well-sized rug in a living room should comfortably accommodate all key furniture pieces, extending beyond the edges to create visual unity and anchor the seating area. Several brands, like Art de Vivre, offer the option to customize a rug that fits seamlessly into the space, harmonizing with its dimensions and style – a one-shade customized rug only takes two to four weeks to make. Additionally, digital printing technology enables intricate and customizable patterns.

4. Explore Materials

Consider the material, weave, and construction of the rug based on your lifestyle and needs. A wool rug is usually more durable, while a silk rug adds luxury and refinement to the space. Similarly, natural fibers like jute are great for casual spaces. Another tip is to choose a rug that feels good underfoot, especially for areas where you often walk barefoot.

5. Use Rugs as Art

Rugs are not just for the floor anymore. Hang them on walls to add texture, color, and visual interest to the space, lending a unique character to the room. There is often an inspiring story about the history and craftsmanship of the rug that makes it a meaningful addition to any space, transforming it into a piece of art.

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