Incorporating Oriental Rugs Into Interior Design

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For years oriental rugs have been a staple in home décor and are becoming even more relevant in interior design today.  With contemporary design on the rise, oriental rugs are surprisingly easy to incorporate into all aspects of design whether contemporary, traditional or classic.

Here are 5 easy steps to designing a room to include an oriental rug.

1. If possible, start with the oriental rug.

“the soul of the apartment is the carpet.”  – Edger Allen Poe

We agree with Mr. Poe, the carpet or rug is the foundation of any room’s décor.  Once you choose a foundation for your room, everything else will fall into place.  After selecting a rug, one can establish a room lay-out and color scheme.

2. Using the internet is a good resource to get started.

Go online and familiarize yourself with the various styles of oriental rugs.  Look through interior designers’ blogs and profiles; view the Colony Rug Design Gallery.

3. Determine the right size of the rug you will need for the room.

A rug size should always compliment the overall dimension of the space.  The front legs of a chair or sofa should be on the edge of the rug with the back legs off.  You most likely will want to allow for a border of hardwood floor to show on all sides of the carpet.

The standard hand made rug sizes are:

  • 3 ft x 5 ft
  • 4 ft x 6 ft
  • 5 ft x 7 or 8 ft
  • 6 ft x 9 ft
  • 8 ft x 10 ft
  • 9 ft x 12 ft
  • 10 ft x 14 ft
  • 12 ft x 15 ft
  • 12 ft x 18 ft

4.  People buy oriental rugs on the basis of color and pattern.

One should select the color and pattern that best enhances the space keeping your natural lighting in mind as well as furniture scale.

Keep this in mind: Dark colors in a rug tend to be visually warm and will help to bring the feeling of a high ceiling down. Light colors tend to be cooler to the eye and make the ceiling seem higher.

5. Design

There are many rugs designs to select from but it is helpful to break them into 3 basic categories.

  1. Rug designs with straight lines and geometric figures. These designs are commonly used in informal interiors such as south-western décor.
  2. Designs with curvilinear lines. These are associated with carpets of a city manufacture and are useful in more formal settings such as a European-inspired interior.
  3. Contemporary designs. These may run from abstract to single-color rugs, and just like the name of the rug design, the contemporary rugs are best in modern and contemporary interiors.

For more information visit the internet rug blog or contact a representative at Colony Rug for assistance.

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