A rug is a decorating element you should never take for granted. It anchors a room, pulling together all of the pieces so that your living room or bedroom furniture doesn’t feel like it’s been plopped into the space. Carpets add texture, coziness and pizzazz. If you’re wondering why your home feels unfinished, you might want to consider what’s underfoot.
Oversize poppies run through this flamboyant area rug from Anthropologie. Aptly named the Brilliant Poppies Rug, this flashy find will steal the spotlight, especially in a room that’s perfectly coordinated. The blue sectional, green armchair and gold-patterned wallpaper are confident decorating choices with a big pay off. The point? Choose an amazing rug and decorate around it!
Put a Rug on It
Spot the Gaffe
OK, so we’re going to knock points off of this (albeit amazing) room. That carpet needs to be whisked underneath the sectional stat. Apart from that gaffe, we are loving the gripping geometric pattern. And yes you can mix in stripes, polka-dots et al. because the less matchy-matchy the room the more nicey-nicey.
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Yes to Rugs in the Kitchen
Add colour, texture and style in a kitchen with a swanky runner – or two. It’s the sort of design derring-do we can firmly get behind. Ignore the naysayers who say textiles don’t belong in a kitchen. They’re the same ones who don’t like wood floors in a kitchen. They’re not the boss of you.
Oliver Yaphe’s hand-knotted, zero-waste runner is sublime in this long hallway. Seamlessly connecting the rooms, the mile-long rug also beautifully echoes the neutral tones in the room. You can pick it up at Y&Co in Toronto.
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Tie it Together
An eye-catching Persian rug has earthy flair in this bohemian living room. Finessed by Hannah Leonard of Loom and Kiln – a seller of stunning vintage rugs – the pouf, pillows and rustic coffee table are on point vibe-wise.
Sporting a Southwest-inspired print in neutral hues, this durable area rug from Wayfair matches this room’s ranch vibe. Imagine how wrong it would feel with a bright pink rug, for example.
Sure you’ve got a non-slip bath mat, but is it as beautiful as this rug from Lou Collection? We didn’t think so. It’s criminal to lay down a drab mat when your bathroom is artfully composed. If you’re worried about ruining the rug, then only use the mat for bathing and then stow it away.
A high-traffic hallway or one that needs warmth is an ideal spot to unfurl a rug. With its deep orange and purple jewel tones, this one from Lou Collection is majestic against the terracotta floors. If space permits, create a vignette where the rug meets the wall, like this.
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