Can I put a rug on my wall to wall carpet?
Every Monday I take over Instagram to answer all your styling question. I have worked as a Stylist at Impressions for ten years where I work closely with clients in our Styled to Stay service, and help them style the home of their dreams. So I know how hard it can be to make large styling decisions in your own home. Recently, I was asked about layering rugs in carpeted bedrooms (thanks Michele for the great question!) and there simply wasn’t enough space answer this question on Instagram. Why? Because choosing a rug, especially for a carpeted room, is a huge decision. Your statement rug will make or break a room and there are a lot of things to consider. Many people think that a rugs main function is to provide a soft and warm feel on hard floors, so a carpeted room mustn’t need one, right? No! Rugs are about aesthetic and balance. They work well on any flooring to either complement your beautiful new hardwood floors or gorgeous woven carpet, or to cover up old or out of style flooring as a renter or homeowner that is just too expensive to replace.
Rugs are often used as visual divides in a room. For larger bedrooms, this can help to separate the bed from living areas within the room. The team at Impressions recently styled a few homes with particularly large master bedrooms. In both cases, we brought small, two-seater lounges into the rooms and a small coffee table. By adding rugs, we created two areas that, while in the same room, provided different purposes for different kinds of living. To create a balanced patrician, you should use a rug that does not extend over the desired space. None of the rugs we have styled with couches reach the bed, instead, they leave a walkway in between the spaces.
This styling trick works in almost every type of room and can work wonders in a studio apartment. If you have a big space, whether it’s a bedroom or a studio, you have to consider what you will be using it for and build your style from that point. Adding a small lounge in your bedroom isn’t practical for everyone. You may want to bring in a desk and study space, a miniature library, a makeup station or a crib. No matter what you choose, a rug is a great way to visually separate this space from your bed.
Think about why you want to bring a rug into your carpeted room. For a lot of renters in particular, it is because the wall to wall carpet is a bit of an eye sore. Whether it’s old and run down or simply not your style, if you are trying to cover unsightly carpet go big with your rug! There is nothing wrong with covering a space. If this if your goal, it’s best to find a calm rug that doesn’t overwhelm the room with colour and pattern. Leave a small gap between the edge of your rug and the walls to keep balance.
We have spoken a lot about using rugs in large bedrooms, but smaller rooms can benefit from a rug as well. In this room, instead of creating a large division, we want to showcase the style of our furniture and accessories by bringing in a statement rug. Round rugs are a fantastic option for smaller rooms. Unlike rectangular rugs, round rugs are an automatic statement piece. Because of their bold nature, size is very important when choosing a round rug. In this room, we made sure that every piece of furniture is slightly overlapping the rug. Even the plant sits partially on top, this really balances out the space and helps the room feel larger.
Stop for a moment and think about where you place rugs in non-carpeted spaces. One of the most common is underneath a dining table, but why? It’s not walkway and there better places for the practicality and warmth of a soft rug under your feet. It’s all about the aesthetic. We use rugs to create contrast, bring in colour, patterns and textures. Adding a rug completely changes the look and feel of a room no matter what is underneath. If you love the feeling of walking on thick, plush carpet, you can place a rug with the same soft feeling on top, or you can break it up with a natural jute rug.
Colours, patterns and material all determine the style of rug. This is where you can let your creativity run wild. Find a rug that you absolutely love, or even better, find a few rugs you love and begin to layer them in the space. If you’re unsure how to get started, or what kind of rug your like, start browsing. Check online and head into your local rug store. For our Canberra readers, my biggest tip is to head into Instyle Rugs in Fyshwick and start chatting to the staff. They have a huge selection you can browse and will provide you with personal tips for you needs. If you still feel as though you need a little bit more help give us as call to find out more about our Styled to Stay service.
The strength of rugs cannot be oversold. If there is a single item you should invest in when styling your home it is a beautiful rug that will liven and balance your room.