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How To Style Your Floor Rug. Even If Your Partner Thinks They Know How!

June 09 2023 – Jayne Graham

So over the weekend we finally placed our Tribe Home Rug, which we had been storing for a few years, in our living room.  We have classic  Cesar Ivory and the reason we hadn't brought it out, was the fact that we didnt want our kids to destroy it!  It is a gorgeous 3 x 4m and the colour Ivory screams messy when young kids are around.  Now having teenagers, fingers crossed we hope that it remains Ivory for at least 12 months!!

So this leads me to the fun and games of placing our large floor rug with my husband. I must also add here, that we have super heavy lounges, so moving them was no easy feat.  That being said we moved them maybe 4 times on and off the rug as my husband refused to listen to me (he always forgets I have an interior design certificate) about the best way to place a floor rug.  Hence, this experience inspired this blog!


Tribe Home Floor Rug

For anyone that is placing a floor rug, I would highly recommend reading the below and if placing the floor rug with a partner, getting them to read this too!

Styling a floor rug can greatly enhance the overall aesthetics of a space. Here are some tips to help you style a floor rug effectively:

1. Consider the room's purpose and existing decor: The rug should complement the room's overall style and function. Take into account the color scheme, furniture, and the mood you want to create.

2. Choose the right size: Ensure that the rug is appropriately sized for the room. A rug that is too small can make the space feel disjointed, while an oversized rug can overwhelm the room. Ideally, the rug should be large enough to anchor the furniture within the space.

Tribe Home Floor Rug3. Create a focal point: Position the rug to create a focal point within the room. This could be under a coffee table in the living room or under the dining table in the dining area. By anchoring furniture around the rug, you create a cohesive and inviting space.

4. Consider rug placement: Depending on the room and furniture layout, you have different options for rug placement. In a living room, you can choose to have all furniture legs on the rug or just the front legs. In a dining area, ensure that the rug is large enough to accommodate the dining table and chairs comfortably.

5. Mix patterns and textures thoughtfully: If you're incorporating patterned rugs, ensure they complement the overall design scheme. If your furniture or other elements in the room have bold patterns, opt for a rug with a simpler design. On the other hand, if you have neutral furniture, you can choose a rug with a bolder pattern to create visual interest.

The Rug Collection Floor Rug

6. Mindful colour choices: Consider the colour palette of the room when selecting a rug. You can choose a rug that complements the existing colour scheme or opt for a contrasting colour to make it a focal point. Neutral rugs can provide versatility and make it easier to change the room's overall look in the future.

7. Take care of maintenance: Keep in mind the practical aspects of rug maintenance. Consider the material and pile height of the rug, especially if it will be placed in high-traffic areas. Ensure that the rug is easy to clean and maintain to preserve its appearance.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and ultimately, your personal style and preferences should guide your choices when styling a floor rug.... and don't listen to your partner if they haven't read these! For some inspiration check out our floor rug collection which includes rugs from Tribe Home, The Rug Collection and Weave.