A braided area rug can highlight your room’s decor in many different ways. For one thing, it can connect to the room’s overarching color scheme and carry similar colors over into the decor. Plus, it can convey the same style and tone so that the room feels consistent all around.
Decorating With a Braided Rug
Braided rugs are often associated with country style homes, and while they are a great fit for that style, they extend so much further beyond that. You can find braided area rugs that are nautical, traditional, and even modern. Aside from the expansive styles of braided rugs, you have other options to choose from, such as whether you decorate with a wool rug, a jute one, a cotton rug, or some other material. These are just a few aspects of braided rugs, so rest assured, there’s plenty of selection out there to choose from!
Choosing Which Braided Rug is Right for You
As you shop for your perfect braided rug, it’s important to consider a few key areas.
Position: Early on, you should decide on the room’s layout and where you want to place your rug. These general ideas will help you start brainstorming some ideas.
Living Room: Braided rugs can be used to establish the main seating area or define a smaller spot for reading/morning coffee. In both cases, you’ll likely have some overlap with the furniture so the area is physically connected.
Dining Room: Large braided rugs can help establish your dining area as a whole. When you center it beneath the table, be sure to measure an extra two feet or so of rug on each side so there’s plenty of room for the chairs.
Bedroom: Oftentimes, braided area rugs are layered at least part way under the bed. This applies whether your bed is a central focal point or is off to one side, although your rug may be centered under the bed or off to the side depending on the size and layout of your room.
Kitchen: 2x3 and 3x5 kitchen rugs are often set right in front of a sink or stove. However, braided runner rugs are also ideal in kitchens with an island, narrow kitchens, or kitchens where you just want a longer path.
Bathroom: Runners tend to be placed in front of a double vanity or along a narrow path in the bathroom. Aside from that, those smaller 2x3 and 3x5 rugs can be set by a tub, shower, or sink.
Outdoors: Braided rugs look good both indoors and outdoors and have the durability to stand up to the elements, so you can add style to your deck, patio, or porch too. For layout ideas, refer back to similar indoor spaces.
Size/Shape: Once that’s set, you can choose the size and shape of your rug. Braided rugs are often thought of to be just oval, but there are other options like square, rectangular, runner, and round. When you choose size and shape, consider the size of the room, the size of the furniture nearby, and how the rug will overlap with that furniture.
Pattern: Braided rugs are often popular because of their texture, but there are sometimes different patterns or designs to give your rug a unique look. There are striped rugs, rounded braiding, rugs with borders, and other choices out there to sift through. When you choose your rug’s design, be sure it’s thematically consistent with the rest of the room.
Color: Braided area rugs are available in a wide array of colors and color palettes. Neutral tones like black, white, beige, and grey are popular, but other colors like blue, red, green, and others tend to show up too. Remember, your rug’s color palette should connect to the room’s color scheme and convey the same tone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Braided Rugs
Can you vacuum a braided rug?
You can vacuum braided rope rugs, but you should use a non-rotating brush.
How long do braided rugs last?
Braided rugs can last for decades when maintained.
Do braided rugs come in any other colors than the natural jute?
Yes! Braided rugs come in a wide range of colors, from soft neutrals to rich, bold hues.
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