A 3x5 rug can be an ideal rug for smaller spaces and even highlight your room’s decor by connecting the color scheme and style from the floor all the way to the rest of the room.
Decorating with a 3x5 Rug
3x5 rugs are just the starting size of the rug, and so there are plenty of designs, heights, patterns, and other aspects that can fit with your 3x5 area rug. The accessories and decor you pair with the rug depend highly on the room you’re stylizing, but common accessories are wall art, vases, plants, books, small decorative knick-knacks that fit into your theming, and so much more. A 3x5 rug can go with any accessory depending on how you connect the styles and colors of each.
Finding Your Perfect 3x5 Area Rug
There are several factors to consider when it comes to choosing your ideal 3x5 rug.
Position: The first step in shopping for a 3x5 rug is deciding how you want it to connect to the other furniture and fixtures in the room. In a living room, you may place the rug directly in front of the sofa or underneath the front legs. Because a 3x5 rug is small, you probably won’t place it entirely under a sofa or any large furniture; in fact, this applies to bedrooms as well, where you don’t want large furniture to hide your rug.
A 3x5 rug would also be well positioned in your kitchen in front of a kitchen sink, stove, or in the center of the space if you have a smaller space. Bathrooms can benefit from a 3x5 rug too, since it provides a soft surface to stand on, adds style to the floor, and serves the practical function of being a fabric surface to step on after getting out of the shower.
Since 3x5 rugs are often not placed under furniture, consider the backing of the rug to make sure the rug will stay in place. You can also add in a 3x5 rug pad underneath it to add in plushness.
Scale: If you’ve already decided that a 3x5 rug is the right size for your space, you may want to confirm that by thinking about the overall size of the room and what fixtures it is nearby. You can typically tell at a glance if a rug is too small or too large for a space based on the room’s size and how the furniture/fixtures compare to it, so fortunately, this step comes naturally.
Shape: 3x5 rugs are most commonly pictured as rectangular, and while this is mostly true, that’s not the only way you can decorate with a 3x5 area rug. Oval rugs are another option, and so are cowhide rugs and imperfect, hand woven rectangular rugs. The shape of the rug can either soften or harden a room based on the rigidity of its lines, so don’t forget to think outside the box for different shapes.
Patterns/Colors: Different patterns and colors often connect to certain design styles, so when you’re shopping for a 3x5 area rug, it’s important to define what the room’s overall style is going to be. Here are some general tips to get you started.
3x5 jute rugs often boast tans and natural tones, and they tend to work in natural styles such as boho, coastal, and farmhouse.
3x5 persian, oriental, and traditional rugs can work well when you’re trying to create a loftier, elevated style like you would in elegant spaces and traditional styles. One helpful technique for bringing these elegant designs into homey styles like farmhouse is to choose a rug that shows off these patterns, but use a rug that has the pattern distressed and the colors more muted. These rugs can come in any color, like black, gray, blue, red, brown, and white to name a few popular choices.
Braided rugs, striped rugs, and rugs that show off geometric shapes work in both modern spaces and more subtle coastal designs, although depending on the shapes in the rug, it may fit in more with modern styles.
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