How a Black Vintage Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A black vintage rug can highlight your room’s decor by fitting into the same color palette, reinforcing the tone, and working in the same style. Ultimately, adding a rug to your room can accentuate your other wall art and miscellaneous decor by working together and creating your personal style.
Decorating With a Black Vintage Rug
When it comes to vintage rugs, there are many different interpretations of what that may look like. Some rugs will specifically look for vintage styles like tilework or oriental designs from past ages. Other rugs will add vintage appearance to the design by having fading or distressing atop the rug’s pattern. Some rugs may even do both! At the end of the day, there are plenty of unique interpretations and designs out there for black vintage area rugs, so you can find one that’s perfect for you.
Choosing Which Black Vintage Rug is Right for You
As you shop for the rug that will work best for you, consider these key topics.
Position: First, look at your room and decide which area you want to set a rug in. Each room is unique, but these general guidelines will give you some ideas.
Living Room: When you want to accentuate your main seating area, center a rug within the middle of that space. You have the choice to set the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath the chairs. In larger living rooms, you could also use a small black vintage rug in another corner to establish a separate social space or reading nook.
Dining Room: The most natural look for a dining room rug is to have it centered beneath your table. Leave about two-three feet of extra rug on each side and end so the chairs sit on the rug whether they’re pushed in or pulled out.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point of the room, you can emphasize that by laying a rug directly beneath the bed. How far you layer it beneath the bed is up to you, but common positions are to set it all the way under the bed or closer to the bottom two-thirds of it. If your bed is off to one side, then try centering a rug in the middle of the room itself.
Kitchen: 2x3 or 3x5 black vintage rugs are great for spots in the kitchen where you tend to stand still. Runners are also an option for narrow kitchens to establish a pathway and provide that comfort/style to those spots where you’re stationary.
Bathroom: Similar to kitchens, you can add a black vintage runner rug in a narrow space, but you can also use one in front of a double vanity. Plus, those small rugs in kitchens are also ideal in front of bathroom sinks, tubs, or showers.
Outdoors: You can add a black vintage outdoor rug to your deck, patio, or porch if you so choose. Check out similar indoor spaces for layout ideas and guidelines!
Shape/Size: Once your layout is set, you can finalize the size and shape of your rug. The most common shapes are round, rectangular, and runner, but there are other options as well if you want to do something different or have a unique layout to work in. As for size, it’s key to consider how much it’ll layer with the furniture and how it fits into the size of the room itself. If the rug is too big or too small in comparison to the room, it may make the room feel out of balance.
Pattern: The pattern/design of your black vintage area rug really sets the tone for the entire rug. Look at your existing decor and furniture to decide what shapes you want in the rug’s pattern, how busy the design is, and how the rug’s design reinforces the tone of the room. That will ensure that your rug fits into the grander scheme.
Color: Even though you’ve narrowed your search to black vintage rugs, you still need to consider the balance of color. There are so many options out there that you can find rugs that use black as the main color or as an accent. Plus, you can find other colors incorporated into black vintage rugs like white, grey, pink, blue, and other hues. Your rug’s color palette should ultimately fit in with the rest of the room and convey the same tone.
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