The unexpected curves of a round rug are such a welcome change to the square and rectangular rugs we predominantly see among home interiors. That being said, why don’t we see round area rugs used as frequently? Truth be told, classic four-sided rugs are just easier. If you think about it, the rooms we dwell in, as well as the furniture we fill them with, typically contain right angles. Therefore, it just makes sense to choose a rug that doesn’t take nearly as much thought. Certain times, however, do call for a circular rug. Here are some guidelines to help you know when a round rug is the right choice for your room.
- Your home has curved architectural details worth highlighting. If your home happens to have a unique curved space, embrace it by pairing the architecture with a round area rug. Not only will the complete the overall look of the room, it will enhance the architecture to a whole new level.
- You have a special or circular object you want to showcase. A round rug is perfect for showcasing items like chandeliers, tables, and even pianos! Be sure, however, to center the rug directly beneath the round light fixture or dining table (or whatever you have) for maximum effect.
- You need to define a certain area. Rugs are wonderful for defining spaces. In many cases, this comes in handy for open-concept floor plans. Sometimes, however, the room is large enough allowing for a separate functional space such as a reading nook. A round rug underneath a comfy accent chair and side table is a perfect way to make that part of the room have its own voice.
- You want a small room to appear bigger than it actually is. A round rug is a clever way to trick the eye into making a room feel larger. Rather than focusing on straight edges that run parallel to the walls, round rugs encourage the eye to scan across the arc of the room instead. This creates the appearance of a less cluttered, more spacious space. A circular rug also adds visual interest to the room, which distracts the eye from the size of the room.
- A standard rug just doesn’t work. Rugs typically come in standard sizes, including the popular 5 x 8 feet and 8 x 10 feet. Sometimes, however, things like furniture or structural features just don’t allow for the norm. This is where a round rug may come in handy. Its shape often requires less space, making it easier to work around any decorating challenges. For a harmonious look, make the rug big enough for all of a room’s major furniture pieces to touch.
Did you know that many of our rugs are available in round shapes? Be sure to check them out in-store or online!