May 26 2014
Rugs in a bedroom give you a warm surface to walk on when you get out of bed and add colour, texture and personality to your bedroom. They are great even if you have carpet.
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Exploring ideas for decorating the bedroom floor before you shop saves time. With an understanding of the effects rugs have in the bedroom, and the ways to decorate with rugs that will work best with your bedroom furniture arrangement, you’ll have a head start on decorating with area rugs.
Measure and Map the Bedroom
Measurements of the length and width of the space available for the area rugs can avert costly mistakes. A simple scale plan of the bedroom with built-in features such as a fireplace marked on grid paper reduces the risk of errors. Sketching in the door swings for the doors and closet — the path each door takes into the room — saves you from buying and laying an area rug that will interfere with a door. It’s also useful to mark any items you’d rather not move on the plan, such as a heavy armoire or dresser. Marking the closet position is helpful even if the closet has sliding doors. If the floors tend to be chilly, you might want an area rug that’s large enough to cover the floor from the bed to the closet and from the bed to the bathroom, or a second rug in front of the closet.
Bedroom area rugs in colours that suit your room’s decor can make a major difference in the look of the room. Area rugs that include colours from the bed, chair or bed bench, wall art or window treatments bring the room together. If you want to strengthen a colour scheme or add a new colour, matching area rugs with bedding, accent pillows and large Euro pillows that rest against the headboard creates a harmonious effect.
Match the Mood
For a traditional bedroom, a solid-colour area rug or classic pattern enhances the sleeping area, setting it off visually from the rest of the room. Oriental rugs go well with many bedroom styles. Large, bright patterns can look too energetic for the inherently restful function of a bedroom, yet bold prints such as stripes, checks and polka dots will work if you like an upbeat mood. If the room’s decor has multiple patterns, a solid rug offers visual relief. As another option, multiple area rugs create a visually interesting floor treatment. You might set off a loveseat or bed bench at the foot of the bed with an area rug in a different colour or pattern than the rug under the bed.
Bedroom Rug Placement
A large area rug centred under the bed and covering the floor to within a foot of the walls creates a traditional look for the bedroom. An updated approach uses an area rug that leaves a third of the floor exposed at the foot of the bed. Matching runners — long rectangular rugs — on each side of the bed make an appealing choice for a couples’ bedroom. Placing the rugs under each nightstand parallel to the bed creates an unbroken line. The symmetrical effect keeps the room balanced and provides a warm area on each side.