How To Use Rugs Like a Pro? / by Sharon Blaustein

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Rugs create warm and inviting atmospheres and help to define areas in the space. They are great to absorb echo and in some cases hide flooring imperfections. Rugs define a style and in many cases serve as a starting point for decorating a room. 

The following are some tips to help you start using rugs just like the pros!

Use a vintage rug with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look

 Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

 Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this  downtown living room . 

Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this downtown living room

Cowhides are not only for cowboys

Cowhides are great to use in any space because of their organic shape. A small room? An additional seating area in an open space? Cowhides tie it all together. Their earthy tones and lightweight texture are great to create a layered look in any area of the house.  

 A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

 In this  Chelsea  living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

In this Chelsea living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the right rug for you

Material:

Wool rugs are the best to clean and maintain while viscose are the least.

 In this  Hudson Square modern penthouse  we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

In this Hudson Square modern penthouse we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

Pile height:

Chunky rugs are great but may be in the way of door swing and they can be difficult to move chairs on

 In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

Rug size:

Make sure the rug size is proportional to the room and furniture in it. The rug should be large enough to go under furniture

 This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the  Greenwich Lane townhouse .

This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the Greenwich Lane townhouse.

Rugs can revamp any space and create a warm and inviting feel. They add a pop of color, define rooms and set the tone for the space.