If you have been to several modern condominiums, you probably know by now that rugs and carpets are the way to go. The space just looks dull and bland without them. Rugs add style and elegance. When you have rugs as a focal point in your condo, you can let go of other decorations and embellishments that only clutter your space. Pretty rugs give you the license to be more minimalistic in design which is essential to condo living.
However, just like any furniture or décor, rugs can’t just be pretty and chic. They also have to be placed properly. Where you place it is one of the most important rules for rugs in your home because no matter how nice it looks, it won’t matter when placed incorrectly. When you pick your carpet, make sure that it also complements your wall so that everything works in harmony.
Divide with rugs
Among the challenges of condo living is finding ways to separate the living room from the dining area even if they occupy practically the same space. For studio-type condos, finding a space for the bedroom also adds to the challenge. Instead of using traditional dividers and shelves to somehow divide your condo into their respective functions, use a carpet or rug instead.
For the living room, pick a rug big enough to outline the perimeter. It doesn’t matter if the furniture fits on or off the carpet for as long as it pulls together the area. In the dining room, the carpet should go under the table and big enough so much so that when you pull a chair, the chair stays on the carpet. This adds cohesion to every space in your condo. So when you are decorating using rugs in your condo, carefully place them in a way that it will define an area.
A rugged complement
A rug is not meant to just accent the floor and the pieces of furniture on it. A rug can also be used to compliment wall ideas in your condo such as your temporary wallpapers, paint, and even your hanging curtains. Do not be afraid to use printed and colorful rugs and carpets because they can easily harmonize with your decors and other no-paint wall ideas to splash your condo. A dark-striped carpet, for example, is in fine tune with eclectic-framed paintings in solid colors.
Float with rugs
Open floor plans is the trend in condo living in the Philippines. It gives the homeowner the free hand in designing it in such a way that it works perfectly with his or her lifestyle. It gives the homeowner control of every space in the condo. Rugs and carpets work well with open floor plans. One tip for using rugs in your condo is to utilize them to make the space look bigger. This can be done by making the pieces of furniture float. Put the furniture, the couch for example, away from the wall and onto the carpet. Hang something on the wall instead. This gives the illusion of a bigger space.
One way to use rugs as decoration ideas in your condo is to place right in the entryway. This will make your condo more inviting and welcoming. It also gives character from the get-go.
Place a long area rug in the middle of your kitchen nook and shelves or sink. If your kitchen wall and furnishings are on the safe color like shades of white, choose a colorful rug to provide texture and contrast. The bright-colored rug will be a focal point in your erstwhile unexciting and monotonous kitchen.
Under the table centerpiece
When you are using a glass dining table, make sure there is a rug under it. Make sure also that the rug is printed. This will make the rug a centerpiece in your dining area. You wouldn’t want a view of your floor while eating, right?
Warmth of a (rug) hug
Surround yourself with warmth as you lay in your bed. Pick a large rug that can create a perimeter around the lower two-thirds of your bed. It gives the illusion of floating or a larger bedroom. Soft and fluffy rugs are a favorite in the bedroom because of the almost tickling feel it gives our feet before jumping into bed.
A rug doesn’t always have to be part of the big pieces of furniture like the dining or living room tables. It doesn’t always have to be at the center. Rugs can also be placed in the corner and under a small table perfect for reading, an afternoon tea, and conversations.
Rugs are typical and common in bathrooms. It is mostly used to keep the bathroom dry. However, aside from utility, you can also use it for designing purposes. Placing a rug on the foot of the toilet, under the sink, and on the foot of the shower room are usually how homeowners do it. A nice way to tweak it is by placing a long rug all the way from the shower area through the toilet and the sink. Aside from the illusion of a longer and wider space, it will also save you energy and detergent in washing three separate bathroom rugs.
Casual rug placement
Place a rug casually in front a dresser or cabinet. Remember that a rug doesn’t always have to be under a piece of furniture. One savvy way to design your condo living room is by placing a printed rug beside a cabinet with framed decors above it. Doing so would not only place accent on the floor but also put a striking focus on the wall.
Throw rugs are common during cold, winter days because they provide warmth and comfort when you find yourself cozying in the couch. But even in places that are mostly hot, throw rugs provide a different function. They are used in interior designing and in decorating. Placing a rug on the sofa adds softness in the living room. It also has the innate quality to make everything look and feel more like home.
There is a reason why carpets are used to welcome and greet VIPs. It is because it makes them feel special. Be your own star at home by picking and placing the right rugs and carpet for your own space — something that looks right and feels right.