A square rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing the color scheme, conveying your style, and helping to establish the room’s tone. A rug should work with your decor towards creating your personal style, so when you add a rug to a room, look at your decor for style inspiration and similar imagery/colors to really tie the room together.
Decorating With a Square Rug
When you’re decorating with a square area rug, you have plenty of options in terms of style and in terms of how you decorate. Aside from all the stylish factors of adding a rug, you can also be practical and comfortable with different fabric choices like cotton, jute, wool, vinyl, and other materials. You never have to sacrifice practicality for style; with a square rug, you can easily have both!
Choosing Which Square Rug is Right for You
With so many options out there, you may be wondering how to find the rug that’s just right for you. If you start your search by considering these key topics, that will help you do just that.
Position: First, look at your room’s layout and decide where you want to place your square area rug. Each room is unique, but these general guidelines will steer you in the right direction.
Living Room: A square rug is great at establishing a symmetrical or asymmetrical living room area. You have the choice to center it in the middle of the furniture in front of the seats, under the front legs, or further under the chairs.
Dining Room: Your table should also be square, round, or some similar shape to be balanced on the rug. When you measure, center the rug beneath the table and leave about two feet of extra rug on each side so there’s room for the chairs.
Bedroom: You can center a square rug beneath your bed to define your bed as a main focal point, but if your bed is off to one side of the room, you still have options with adding a rug. In fact, square rugs are perfect when they’re centered in the middle of the room or used to establish a smaller sitting area.
Kitchen: Small 3x3 square rugs can accentuate your sink or stove areas, but aside from that, you can use a medium/large square area rug in the middle of the room itself if you have an open floor plan.
Bathroom: Square bathroom rugs are typically similar in size to kitchen rugs. Small square rugs like 5x5 can be used in the middle of the room or 3x3 rugs can highlight a tub, shower, or sink.
Outdoors: Square outdoor rugs are perfect for establishing a seating area, a dining set, or some other outdoor space. For layout ideas, look back at similar indoor spaces.
Size: Once you know your layout, you can consider the size of your rug. The specific size depends on three factors: the size of the room, the size of the furniture, and how you’ll layer the rug with that furniture. Some smaller sizes were recommended above, but for medium to large spaces, check out 6x6, 7x7, 8x8, 9x9, and 10x10.
Pattern: Square area rugs are available in so many different styles and patterns so you can find one that truly reflects your style. Southwestern, oriental, boho, traditional, moroccan, modern, and vintage are some of the post popular styles out there, and within those styles, you’ll find plenty of variety with specific designs. When you choose your rug’s pattern, look at your other decor for similar shapes, imagery, and theming so the rug works with your other decor.
Color: There are hundreds of options for different color palettes for square rugs. You’ll find colors like blue, grey, white, black, red, purple, tell, green, yellow, and gold are prominent in square rugs, but aside from the colors themselves, you have different shades of those colors to choose from. Remember, your rug’s color palette should tie into the rest of the room’s style and convey the same tone so everything feels cohesive.
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