Stagers and decorators love area rugs. They're like jewelry for the floor. They can:
- Pull together a seating arrangement.
- Create a theme.
- Define a color scheme.
- Direct attention away from outdated furniture.
- Help sell a home.
A Rug Can Detract from Outdated Furniture
The challenge of staging a home with outdated furniture frequently comes up
when grown children have to sell a parent's property.
Sometimes it makes
sense to get rid of the old furniture and rent staging furniture to mimic the "Pottery Barn" look that young buyers like. But cost is always a consideration.
If you're uncertain which way to go, a good
should be able to advise you on what you can hope to get for the
property and what age group is buying. If you decide to work with the
furniture in the home, an area rug can help update the look.
Living Room Before
Living Room After
- Everything was removed except for the sofa, chair and coffee table.
- The carpet was a light beige so we cleaned it and kept it.
- Pink walls were painted Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige, a neutral wall
- A new 8'x 10' rug in green, rust and muted red worked with the furniture so we used it to define our color scheme. Never ignore outdated pieces, minimize them.
- Modern, graphic artwork distracts from the old fashioned sofa and chair.
- Coffee table display is another nice distraction.
- New silk pillows pick up the shimmer in the art and add sparkle.
- A tall silk tree softens a corner and emphasizes the vaulted ceiling.
A Rug Defines a Theme for a Colorado Cabin
- This little cabin in the Colorado Rockies underwent a major transformation
(Colorado Cabin Remodel).
- More windows to enjoy the views.
- New hardwood floors.
- New walls were painted Sherwin Williams Nomadic Dessert, a tan that can stand up to the bright Colorado sunshine.
- The furniture was old, but sturdy and comfortable, like alot of cabin furniture.
- A new 5'x8' rug defines the sitting area, creates a theme, and diffuses the outdated colors in the plaid love seat.
- A chunky dark wood coffee table looks more at home than the formal round one.
- New pillows continue the Native American theme and pull the look together.
- This Red Feather Lakes cabin is available for vacation rental at VRBO.
Image West Elm
Basic Area Rug Guidelines
- Your furniture arrangement will give you clues as to the right size and shape rug you need.
- A 5'x8' rug is usually sufficient for most seating arrangements and your
furniture will generally look best surrounding the rug.
- An 8'x10' or larger rug will be heavier and harder to work with, but will look richer. Your furniture will look best sitting on it.
- If your rug has lots of different colors, repeat those colors in artwork, pillows, and accessories.
- If your rug has a strong pattern, mixing fabric patterns can help you get the mix right.
- Look at the shape created by your sofa,
love seat and chairs. Turn your rug so that it fits that shape. The
sofa or love seat is usually the largest piece so that's where you want
the "long" side of the rug.
- When using a
5'x8', place the feet of your largest piece of furniture one or two
inches onto the edge of the rug to hold it in place and visually
Area rugs can receive a lot of traffic and sometimes accidental spills.
Stain Removal Tips
is a good resource on how to safely remove most stains and keep your area rugs looking beautiful.
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Alex Hinst is a Professional Home Stager with hundreds of success stories. She's also been a designer on multiple investor home renovations, contributing to Denver's exciting urban renewal.
Alex Hinst Designs is located in Denver's Historic Highlands. Contact