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Area Rugs: Where to Put Them and Which to Choose

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Area rugs serve as artwork for the floor, but they also do so much more. They can add warmth, comfort and excitement to you living space, in so many different locations. We here at The RoomPlace are big on rugs, which is why we created this guide to help you determine where to put area rugs in your home and which rugs to choose.

Where to Put Area Rugs

Rugs can enhance nearly any space, as long as you have enough room to adequately accommodate them. You don’t want to shove one into a tight entryway, for instance, but you can use one in a cramped bathroom to make the room look larger. Here come a variety of areas you can spruce up with a rug.

Entryways and Foyers: The right rug here can make a fine first impression the moment someone walks in your door. Opt for one that’s wider than the doorway. In a larger foyer, center the rug under the lighting source.

Hallway: Runners work well in hallways. They look best with at least 6 inches of space on all sides, and preferably in the center of the hall.

Living Room: A dashing rug can serve as the focal point of the room, and you can even use more than one if you have a particularly large living room. When placing a rug in the center of a furniture ensemble, make sure it extends beyond the coffee table and under the first set of legs on the sofa and chairs. Rugs placed in front of couches should be at least the same length as the couch.

Bathroom: Small bathrooms can appear larger with rugs featuring bold patterns and a mélange of colors. Put one in front of the sink.

Kitchen: Several rugs in the kitchen can spruce up the look while adding a layer of comfort for your legs, feet and lower back. Try one in front of the stove, another in front of the sink. Use smaller, individual rugs or runners, with runners placed at least 6 inches away from the cabinets.

Dining Room: Rugs can look amazing beneath the dining room table and chairs. Pick a rug that’s the same shape as the table, and make sure it extends at least 2 feet on all sides of the table.

Bedroom: Bedroom rugs add a dash of coziness to the space. Place one under the bed, with the rug extending at least 2 feet beyond the bed. You can also use runners along the sides of the bed for extra cushioning and comfort when you get up in the morning.

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How to Choose Area Rugs

Now that you have a good idea of where you might want to put area rugs, it’s time to choose the right rugs for each space.

Determine the Atmosphere You Want to Create

Do you want the rug to add cozy comfort? An exotic splash of color? A modern vibe? Review the variety of rugs available to determine what type of atmosphere you want the rug to create. While rugs don’t need to perfectly match everything in the space, it does need to align with the tones and textures of the existing furniture and décor.

Pick the Color, Pattern

Color and pattern play huge roles for setting the tone of the room, so choose carefully. Do you want the rug to stand out or blend in? If the space is already packed with tons of colors, select a solid neutral rug. Rooms that could use a boost can do well with bolder, more colorful, or patterned rugs.

Select a Shape

Rectangle rugs are the most common, but they’re not the only choice. Round rugs can help create a cozy niche in a corner of the room or add interest to an entryway. Other choices include square, oblong and animal hides.

Choose the Size

Many folks make the mistake of choosing a rug that’s too small for the space. If you’re selecting a rug to cover the floor for the entire room, you want to center the rug and leave between 10 to 20 inches of bare floor between the walls and the edge of the rug.

If you’re using rugs to define spaces within a room, different rules apply. You can find some of those rules above, when we outlined where area rugs can be placed.

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Consider Lifestyle and Maintenance

Even the most plush and glorious rug can end up making you unhappy if all you’re doing is cleaning or maintaining it. Consider your family’s lifestyle and where the rugs will be placed to narrow down choices that are easy to maintain.

Low-pile rugs work well in high-traffic areas, like kitchens and hallways. High-pile and plusher rugs do better in areas that don’t get a lot of traffic. Darker colors and patterns will hide dirt and stains better than lighter, solid colors.

Whatever type of rug you choose, make sure you get the right type of rug pad to go with it. Choose one that’s compatible with the flooring below the rug, whether it’s carpet, tile or hardwood floors.

Now that you have all the basic info you need, it’s time to start looking for rugs that make the perfect statement in every area of your home. Shop the area rug collection at The RoomPlace now.

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5 Ways to Make a Small Room Feel Spacious

Norden 2 Pc. Nesting Tables from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Norden 2 Pc. Nesting Tables from The RoomPlace

When you’re planning to design or redecorate a room, one of the first things to consider is the size of the space. If you’re working with a living room, bedroom or dining room that’s on the smaller end of the spectrum, you’ll be faced with some unique challenges that can make it difficult to choose the right furniture and décor.

Thankfully, we’re here to help, with a few top tips on making any small room feel more spacious.

#1: Choose Furniture Carefully

The furniture you choose—and how you arrange it—can make or break the space. Here are a handful of suggestions for choosing and arranging your furniture in a way that helps the room seem bigger:

  • Opt for multipurpose furniture when possible, such as an expandable dining table, nesting side tables or a sleeper sofa, to maximize available floor space.
Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional with Full Sleeper (Reverse) from The RoomPlace
Image: Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional with Full Sleeper (Reverse) from The RoomPlace
  • Choose some furniture that’s the same color as the walls. It will help those items blend in and help expand the room.
Roxbury Gray Loveseat from The RoomPlace
Image: Roxbury Gray Loveseat from The RoomPlace
  • If you don’t have the space to comfortably fit a full-size sofa, a loveseat makes a great alternative that takes up less floor space.
Nottingham Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Nottingham Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
  • Chairs with slim or open arms tend to have a smaller profile and lighter appearance.
  • Avoid blocking walkways. If you have to walk around furniture the moment you enter a room, it will instantly feel small and cramped. Arrange furniture out and away from pathways.
  • The largest furniture, like bookshelves, a bed frame or an entertainment center, should be pushed against a wall to maximize open space.

#2: Leave Open Space

You can’t achieve a spacious, open look if there’s too much clutter in the room. When choosing your furniture and designing the room, make sure you leave plenty of open floor space to keep a balanced appearance and help the space seem larger. Avoid arranging your living room furniture too close together—you should leave enough space to comfortably walk between your coffee table, sofa, loveseat and/or chairs.

#3: Use Light Colors

Light, neutral hues reflect more light than dark colors, making a room feel airy and maximizing the appearance of spaciousness. Creative use of contrast—such as painting the trim a lighter color than the walls—can also trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is.

Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace

#4: Size Your Rugs Correctly

One common mistake many people make is choosing a rug that’s too large for the room. While large area rugs can help the room appear bigger by drawing the eye across the space, you should keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed around the edge of the room to ensure it doesn’t seem crowded.

Emmons Square Mirror from The RoomPlace
Image: Emmons Square Mirror from The RoomPlace

#5: Add a Mirror to Your Décor

Mirrors are one easy way to give the illusion of depth and space in a small room. Since they reflect light, they can simultaneously make the room appear brighter and larger. There’s no need to go overboard with mirrors on each wall, but a single large mirror on a main wall is a great idea.

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5 Ways to Add Color to Your Neutral Space

Barrington Red Linen Sofa from The RoomPlace
Image: Barrington Red Linen Sofa from The RoomPlace

Like many homeowners, you might have a certain room in the house that feels a little dreary. If the room is feeling like a bit of a blank slate with one too many neutral tones, you’re probably looking for a way to bring a touch of color and brightness to the space. Even if you prefer neutral colors, a pop of something more vibrant here and there is a great way to help the space feel more complete and expressive.

Let’s take a look at five easy ways to add color to a neutral room.

Jacoby Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Jacoby Accent Chair from The RoomPlace

1. Go for Bold Furniture

If your furniture is drab and outdated, it might be time to go shopping! If you’re worried about replacing a neutral living room set with something more colorful, have no fear—bold and eye-catching sofas and chairs are right on trend. You can’t go wrong with a pop of color like a luxurious red sofa or a striking aqua accent chair.

Image: Linon Orange Faux Sheepskin Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Orange Faux Sheepskin Area Rug from The RoomPlace

2. Add Color Underfoot

If you aren’t ready to take the plunge with colorful furniture, there are plenty of other options that add color in a more subtle way. For starters, you can add personality with an area rug in a color that pops. Choose a hue that complements the existing neutral tones in your space.

3. Paint an Accent Wall

If you want some color in your room but don’t want to go all-out and paint every wall, consider an accent wall. A pop of color on the room’s central wall adds instant charm and refreshes the space beautifully.

4. Bring the Outdoors In

It’s a simple suggestion, but it can create a dramatic effect. Simply decorating your space with a few well-placed plants adds freshness and color to your space. Whether you like the simplicity of potted houseplants or you want to arrange fresh-cut flowers, the stunning greens of foliage are sure to make any room feel brighter and more colorful.

Image: Hand Crafted Chevron Pouf from The RoomPlace
Image: Hand Crafted Chevron Pouf from The RoomPlace

5. Accessorize with Personality

If your space seems to lack character, the solution could be as simple as adding a few coordinating accessories in an accent color. This way, you can keep the color palette mostly neutral and add as many colorful pieces as you want. Choose an accent color you like and find a few home accents to arrange around the room. A couple throw pillows, a bold table lamp and a coordinating pouf are all you need to bring the room together.

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5 Tips for Achieving a Modern Minimalist Living Room

Viktor Table Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Viktor Table Lamp from The RoomPlace

The modern minimalist movement is still in full swing, with many homeowners updating their spaces in favor of uncluttered, simplified and contemporary designs. If you’re planning a full-fledged remodel or simply want to update your living room furniture, minimalism is a trendy yet timeless way to go. From contemporary furniture to minimalist décor, let’s take a look at several ideas for achieving a modern minimalist look in your living room.

1. Reduce Clutter

The first step in designing any minimalist space is to remember the main tenant of the minimalist movement: reducing clutter! The idea is to remove items that are not essential to the space, and only keep the pieces that serve a purpose. Before bringing in new furniture to create a contemporary minimalist look, start by eliminating clutter. If you never use your love seat, get rid of it. If your wall décor is just there to fill an empty space, leave the wall blank instead.

Pasha Area Rug (5’x’8) from The RoomPlace
Image: Pasha Area Rug (5’x’8) from The RoomPlace

2. Find Purposeful Décor

Creating a minimalist room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove every bit of décor. You still want to design a space that’s visually pleasing and reflects your personality. So, try to minimize the décor and ornamentation of the room in a way that still allows expression. For example, instead of a cluttered wall of picture frames, highlight a single oversized canvas photo in black-and-white.

It also helps to find objects that look good and serve a purpose, in keeping with the minimalist style. Purposeful décor might be a bold light fixture, a cozy textured rug or even a wall-mounted planter for herbs or succulents.

3. Choose a Simple Color Palette

It may seem obvious, but make sure to simplify the room’s color palette as much as possible. Avoid wall colors that are overly bold or bright. In general, go for softer, neutral colors in either warm or cool tones. Gray, white and cream are great places to start.

4. Know When to Go Bold

Many minimalist room designs can benefit from a touch of boldness. The hard part is knowing when to go bold. The key is a touch of bold color, and not overdoing it. If your mostly white living room feels blank, the simple addition of a charcoal gray rug or dark-colored contemporary coffee table will help breathe life into the design.

Image: Karma Sofa from The RoomPlace

5. Go for Smaller Furniture

For true minimalism, go small when it comes to choosing your furniture. Choose a simple, modern sofa or love seat that’s only as big as you need it to be. In fact, if you only need to seat 1 or 2 people on a regular basis, simple yet comfortable accent chairs are a good minimalist alternative to a traditional sofa.

Janette White Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Janette White Chair from The RoomPlace

If you don’t need a huge coffee table surface, opt for a miniature side table (even a repurposed stool works great) or folding tray table. Rather than setting your TV on an oversized entertainment center, mount it on the wall or use a small stand.

Rocky Gray 3 Piece Living Room from The RoomPlace
Image: Rocky Gray 3 Piece Living Room from The RoomPlace

If you have a larger family or need the extra seating space, many modern living room sets have a minimalist style while offering the comfort and size that you need.

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Top 10 Looks in Interior Design for Spring 2018

Featured Image: Barrington Purple Linen 3 Pc. Living Room From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Barrington Purple Linen 3 Pc. Living Room From The RoomPlace

It’s the beginning of springtime in a still-new year, which means it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home with some of the latest and greatest design trends of 2018. For a glimpse into the top interior design trends that are dominating the market, take a look at these ten style, décor and furniture ideas.

Linon Cyrus Damask Purple Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Cyrus Damask Purple Area Rug From The RoomPlace

1. Luxurious Purples

You might’ve heard that Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year. This striking purple hue is perfect for adding a touch of bold, vibrant, fresh color to any space in the house. But the trend isn’t limited to just Ultra Violet. From mauve sofas to purple counter stools to violet area rugs, many shades of purple are luxurious, unexpected and regal, often pairing well with mid-century modern design.

Woven White Poof Ottoman From The RoomPlace
Image: Woven White Poof Ottoman From The RoomPlace

2. Eclectic Home Accents

Add a colorful, unexpected edge to any room with eclectic designs that set your space apart. Pick an intriguing piece of décor or a single bold accent for each room to give your home a curated look. From patterned rugs to architectural light fixtures to eye-catching ottomans, there are plenty of ways to decorate in a trendy, eclectic style.

Richland Rolled Back Dining Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Richland Rolled Back Dining Chair From The RoomPlace

3. Rolled Back Chairs

Balancing classic beauty with modern minimalism, rolled back chairs are timelessly stylish. Use these versatile dining chairs with or without slipcovers to achieve the perfect look for your room.

Barrington Charcoal Linen 9-Seat U Sectional From The RoomPlace
Image: Barrington Charcoal Linen 9-Seat U Sectional From The RoomPlace

4. Tufted Sofas

When it comes to living room furniture that packs a punch, there’s no better way to make a stylish statement this spring than with a new sofa. If your current couch is feeling drab or plain, breathe life into the room with a tufted sofa that has plenty of character. Indulge in the comfort of a U-shaped sectional, bring a touch of old-world charm with a leather sofa or blend traditional style with modern design.

Brisbane Green Apartment Cart From The RoomPlace
Image: Brisbane Green Apartment Cart From The RoomPlace

5. Mid-Century Servers & Kitchen Carts

A retro mint-green cart adds a pop of color to a neutral kitchen, while a versatile mid-century server makes a beautiful statement piece. These additions to your kitchen or dining room setup are practical as well as trendy, keeping in line with the latest interior design trends of 2018.

Image: Bowenite Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
Image: Bowenite Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace

6. Industrial Inspired Lighting

Touches of industrial design can add a real sense of character and style to any space, whether you incorporate just a few industrial elements or go all-out. Either way, lighting fixtures inspired by this trend are a great place to start. From industrial ceiling lamps with a bronze patina to industrial-style chandeliers, make a statement in any room with this popular look.

Brigitte Ottoman From The RoomPlace
Image: Brigitte Ottoman From The RoomPlace

7. Gray Leather

From deep, sumptuous charcoal gray to lustrous silver-gray, living room furniture in gray-toned leather is a rising trend. From sofas to ottomans, you can’t go wrong with this classic material in a chic, modern color.

Cora Orange Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Cora Orange Chair From The RoomPlace

8. Colorful & Mismatched Chairs

For added character, pair a couple of colorful side chairs with a more neutral set of dining chairs for a chic, mismatched look. Invoke a country-inspired style with sage wood, or opt for timeless-with-a-twist with vibrant orange. Not one for bold colors? Mix it up by pairing two mismatched styles, like classic wooden dining chairs with metal chairs at each end.

Image: Crestwood Table From The RoomPlace
Image: Crestwood Table From The RoomPlace

9. Solid Wood Dining Tables

Many of 2018’s most popular home designs center on minimalism, a style that proves less is more. Keep your dining room furniture simple, raw and beautiful with a wood table that has a trendy reclaimed look. The chunky, solid style brings warmth and character to your space.

Celine Area Rug (5x8) From The RoomPlace
Image: Celine Area Rug (5×8) From The RoomPlace

10. Textured Area Rugs

Adding visual texture to a room is the perfect way to update your space and stay on trend. Add a striking luster with a shimmering shag rug or make a glamorous impact with a faux sheepskin rug.

For more great ideas that are fresh and on-trend this spring or in any season, discover our new arrivals.


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How to Choose a Rug That’s Perfect for Your Space

Featured Image: Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace

If you’ve been feeling like something is missing from your living room, bedroom or dining room décor, an area rug might be the answer. A well-chosen area rug that coordinates with your furniture and décor can elevate the space and bring your room’s design together. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right area rug for any room:

1. Size & Shape

While the appearance and style of a rug may be your top priority, it’s also  important to consider size. The size of an area rug has a big impact on how large the room appears and how balanced it feels. The most common area rug sizes are 5×8, 8×10 and 9×12 feet. Here are some rug sizing tricks to help you choose the best size for your space:

  • Larger rugs can help make the room appear bigger.
  • Keep at least 18 inches of floor exposed at the edges of the rug. This helps ensure the room appears large, but still open and not cramped.
  • A 5×8 rug is a good choice for under the coffee table in your living room, or for an entryway. You can also use it in a bedroom, with some of the rug positioned under the end of the bed and the rest exposed.

    Celine Area Rug (8'X10') From The RoomPlace
    Image: Celine Area Rug (8’X10′) From The RoomPlace
  • An 8×10 rug also makes a great living room area rug. Place it under the coffee table and arrange the furniture so that the front legs of the sofa and chairs are on the rug.
  • A 9×12 rug works beautifully in most spaces, assuming the room is large enough (remember, leave 18 inches around the edges of the rug). In a living area, usually all the living room furniture can be placed on it. In the dining room, where you want all legs of the dining chairs to sit on the rug even when the chairs are pulled out, a 9×12 is generally perfect. As a bedroom area rug, this size can be placed horizontally under the bed and nightstands with room to spare.
  • A 12×15 rug or larger is well-suited for extra-large rooms.
  • Round rugs are ideal for use in entryways, beneath round dining room tables, or for certain living room furniture arrangements (such as those with round coffee tables or circular setups).

2. Color

  • If you’re struggling to decide what color area rug to choose, consider these general guidelines:
  • If your sofa and chairs are a solid color, choose a patterned rug that features that color or colors in the same family.
  • If your furniture is patterned or especially bold, opt for a neutral rug that will complement rather than compete.
  • For dark furniture, choose a lighter rug color to keep the space looking open
  • If your walls, furniture and décor are generally neutral, you can add a splash of color with a bold rug.
Image: Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace

3. Texture

Regardless of the design style you chose for your home, an element of texture is essential. Home accents like area rugs are a great way to add visual texture and contrast to your room. Here are a few beautiful ideas to consider:

  • Hand-Woven: Unique textile rugs with a hand-crafted look can add a rustic or sophisticated aesthetic, depending on what style you’re looking for. We like the Surya Tahoe Area Rug for its striking texture.
  • Faux Fur: Faux fur rugs are perfect for adding texture and comfort to your room. This Linon White Faux Sheepskin Area Rug is a gorgeous complement to many popular design styles, including mid-century modern and farmhouse chic.
  • Shag: Shaggy rugs are back in style, thanks to their unmistakable texture and softness underfoot. The Celine Area Rug adds a unique luster and comfort to your floor.