A coastal rug can highlight your room’s decor by fitting into the room’s theme, style, and color palette. When you look at your room as a whole, you’ll naturally choose a rug that works with your other decor so that the room feels cohesive and masterfully designed.
Decorating With a Coastal Rug
When you’re decorating with a coastal area rug, you can go as bold or as subtle as you want with the theming. Plus, the coastal theme can show up in a variety of styles, such as vintage, modern, or anything in between. With all those options of theming, style, color palette, shape, and other areas, you can find a coastal rug that’s truly perfect for you.
Choosing Which Coastal Rug is Right for You
As you look for the coastal area rug that’s just right for you and your home, it’s important to consider some key areas.
Position: Step one of the process is to look at your room, finalize the layout, and determine where you want to place a rug. Each room is unique, but these general ideas will steer you in the right direction.
Living Room: Oftentimes, large coastal rugs are used to ground your main seating area. If that’s your goal, then center a rug in the middle of the living room and decide whether you want the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath the chairs. Alternatively, you can use a smaller coastal rug elsewhere in the room to establish a smaller sitting area.
Dining Room: To add a rug to your dining room, center the rug directly beneath the table. Be sure to measure an extra two feet of rug on each side so that the chairs have plenty of space to move around.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point of the room, you can further that look by layering a rug with the bed. Common layouts include placing the rug all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. If your bed is off to one side of the room, try centering a rug in the middle of the room itself to establish visual interest there and tie the whole room together.
Kitchen: 2x3 and 3x5 coastal rugs are often placed right in front of a kitchen sink or stove. However, you can also use coastal runner rugs if you have an island, a galley kitchen, or just want to establish a pathway.
Bathroom: Bathrooms will use similar sized rugs to kitchens. 2x3 and 3x5 rugs can be used by tubs, showers, or sinks, while runners are ideal for accenting a double vanity.
Outdoors: Coastal rugs are often used outdoors on a patio, deck, or porch. For layout ideas, look back at similar indoor spaces.
Shape/Size: Once you know your ideal layout, you can finalize the size and shape of your rug. Popular shapes to work with are rectangular, round, and runner, but there are other options as well. As for size, that will depend on the shape you choose, but you can look at some of the sizes recommended above or other common choices like 5x7, 8x10, and 9x12.
Pattern: As stated earlier, coastal area rugs come in a variety of different designs and styles. For example, you can find modern, abstract designs that use light swirls to mimic the ocean or you can find rustic, farmhouse prints of fish, coral, and other nautical imagery. If you need guidance in choosing a design/pattern, look at your other decor for similar imagery/motifs you can carry over into the rug and be sure the rug won’t be too busy or too basic in comparison to the other decor.
Color: Finally, there’s color to consider. The most common colors in coastal rugs are blue, grey, and green, but you can find plenty of variety in those shades, how they’re used with other colors, and what those other colors are. Your rug’s color palette should tie into the rest of the room and convey the same tone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coastal Rugs
Are coastal rugs popular?
Coastal & beach rugs are very popular for those wishing to bring the shoreline to their home! Coastal rugs are one of the more popular rug designs!
Can you machine wash a coastal rug?
Always check the label of the rug for washing directions, finer materials like wool and silk should not be placed in the washing machine
Where should you place a coastal rug?
Bathrooms are a popular choice for coastal rugs, as well as a beachy vibe bedroom!
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