A shag area rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing your room’s color scheme, contributing to the overarching style, and establishing the tone. It’s important that your rug connects to the decor through those three areas; that way, you can create a room that is thematically consistent and allow each piece to shine as a part of the grand design.
Decorating With a Shag Rug
There are a lot of misconceptions with shag rugs. For one thing, many assume that shag rugs are only available in solid colors when in reality, they come in many different designs too! Another misconception is that shag rugs are impossible to clean. There are plenty of shag rugs out there that are washable or easy to spot clean, so don’t worry--your rug can be practical, beautiful, and comfortable.
Choosing Which Shag Rug is Right for You
With so many options out there, you may be wondering how to find the shag area rug that’s just right for you. If you start off by considering these important topics, you’ll be able to narrow your search and find your perfect rug.
Position: First, look at your room’s layout and decide where you want to place your shag rug.
Living Room: If you’re using a large shag rug to establish your main seating area, then you’ll likely center it in the middle of that space and have it in front of the furniture or just under the front legs. A smaller shag rug can also be used to define a smaller sitting area for reading or coffee.
Dining Room: When you add a shag rug to your dining room, make sure it’s centered beneath the table and that you have about two feet of extra rug on each side so there’s plenty of room for the chairs.
Bedroom: In the bedroom, you have the option to layer a shag rug with the bed itself or use it elsewhere in the room, such as right next to the bed, in a smaller sitting area, or in the middle of the room if that space is open.
Kitchen: 2x3 and 3x5 shag rugs are great options for the kitchen, especially in front of a sink or stove. Otherwise, a shag runner rug can add comfort to those same areas and create a path at the same time.
Bathrooms: Small shag rugs are popular for bathrooms and are ideal in front of tubs, showers, or sinks. If you really enjoy shag rugs in the bathroom, then you can look at shag runner rugs or larger shag rugs to cover a bigger area of the room.
Shape/Size: After the layout is set, you can choose the size and shape of your shag area rug. The most popular shapes are round, square, and rectangular, but there are other options too for unique layouts/styling. As for size, that will depend on the shape of the rug, the size of the room, and how it will overlap with the furniture. If you need guidance in choosing a size, look at popular options like 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and 9x12.
Pattern: As stated earlier, you can choose a solid shag rug or you can go with one that highlights a specific pattern/style. Styles like boho, moroccan, modern, farmhouse, and others are available to choose from, so as you shop, look for a design that collaborates with your other decor to create a cohesive space.
Color: Within shag rugs, you have plenty of color choices. Neutral colors like black, white, brown, and grey are great go-tos that work well in many styles, but then there are colors like blue, green, purple, teal, yellow, gold, red, pink, and orange that can also fit into multiple styles due to variations in shades. Ultimately, you should use your rug to tie your room’s color scheme together or at least emphasize the overarching palette.
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