How a Red Vintage Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A red vintage rug can highlight your room’s decor by adding in a blast from the past through its design, finish, or color palette. When you’re looking at adding a rug to your room, it’s important to find similarities between the rug’s design and tone to connect with the other decor. That way, you create a room that feels cohesive and unified in its vision.
Decorating With a Red Vintage Rug
The term “vintage” applies to several different areas when it comes to red vintage area rugs. One of the most common ways you see a vintage aesthetic included in rugs is for the pattern to be worn and distressed to imitate the passage of time. Other rugs will use imagery that harkens back to past interior design trends and styles. Whichever way you want to take your vintage style, you have plenty of options.
Choosing Which Red Vintage Rug is Right for You
With so many choices out there for red vintage rugs, you may be wondering how to begin your search. Start by thinking about these important topics so you can narrow your search and find your perfect rug.
Position: First, determine the room’s layout and how the rug fits into it. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Living Room: For main seating areas, center a red vintage rug with those seats and place it either completely in front of the seats, under their front two legs, or even further beneath them. Another option is to use a smaller rug to establish a reading nook or social corner.
Dining Room: When you’re looking at what size rug fits best under your dining room table, measure so that two-three feet of excess rug are on each side and end. That way, the chairs are comfortably on the rug at all times.
Bedroom: If your bed is a central focal point in the room, you can accentuate it by placing a rug centered with the bed. Most commonly, the rug will be either all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the end of the bed. If your bed is off to one side, consider centering a rug in the middle of the room itself alongside the bed or use a smaller runner rug along the side of the bed.
Kitchen: Dress up your kitchen by using a 2x3 or 3x5 red vintage rug in front of a sink or stove. In galley kitchens or kitchens with an island, red vintage runner rugs are often ideal to establish a path, reinforce style, and add comfort.
Bathroom: Similar to kitchens, bathrooms can benefit from a small rug placed in front of a sink. Runners are another option for rooms with a double vanity or narrow path.
Shape/Size: After you’ve decided on layout, finalize the size and shape of your red vintage area rug. Both of these factors should be considered in making sure the room is to scale--meaning, nothing looks too large or too small for the space. If you’re not sure where to start, rectangular, round, and runner rugs are three popular choices. Don’t be afraid to measure out exactly where the rug will go and how that shape will pair with your furniture.
Pattern: Red vintage rugs come in many different designs, whether you’re looking for vintage that feels dated by the passage of time or has motifs of previous decades. Once you decide which avenue you’re going with that side of the vintage design, you have options that span anywhere from oriental and persian rugs to modern geometric and abstract designs. Choose a pattern that has similar elements to your existing decor or one that will connect to your future decor.
Color: While you may have narrowed your search to red vintage rugs, you still have to consider the shade of red. Burgundy, rusted red, brick red, and primary red are just a few options out there, and each convey their own tone and style. Plus, you have to think about what other colors are incorporated in the pattern. Red is commonly paired with white, brown, grey, blue, and many more, so when you’re looking for your perfect rug, you certainly have your option of color palettes!
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