Rugs are an excellent alternative to wall-to-wall carpet. Less expensive and easier to clean, rugs can add texture, color, and pattern to your space. Best of all, they’re much easier to replace than wall-to-wall carpets, allowing you to change out your decor as seasons and styles change.
All the convenience that comes with rugs means that there’s no reason to hold back from being bold. Offering a lower cost and lower commitment, rugs are the perfect medium for experimenting with bright patterns, quirky styles, and, yes, even odd-shaped rugs!
Incorporating unusual shapes into the heart of your home’s spaces can seem intimidating. But with so many amazing rug options out there, don’t you think it’s time to think outside the box? Get introduced to these atypical pieces and be inspired.
What to look for when buying an odd-shaped rug
There’s no wrong way to decorate with rugs, as long as you’re staying true to your style. Still, if you’ve held back from investing because you’re worried about disrupting the flow of your current decor, there are some rules of thumb you can follow.
Plan for your space’s size
We know better than anyone how captivating an oversized rug can be. With soft textures and vibrant patterns, we can’t blame you if you become captivated by a huge piece. Still, if that rug dominates your floor plan, you might soon be falling out of love with it.
Rugs should primarily seek to cover the central living space of your room. This can be achieved through a small piece, with 12-18 inches of open space on each side, or a larger piece that can host at least two legs of each furniture item.
Classic sizes like 8×10 area rugs are often recommended for spaces like living rooms. For the best results, however, it’s wise to measure your unique space to find the perfect match.
Don’t compete with existing decor
It’s always exciting to buy a new piece for your home. Unfortunately, not every rug you invest in can be the star of the show. Although rugs are an easy way to introduce a bit of excitement to an average space, not every room you decorate will be in need of this spice. If you’re introducing a floor covering a space that is already decked out in vibrant colors and designs, an equally loud rug may only serve as a distraction. Picking more neutral tones and tame patterns can ensure that you’re not sacrificing cohesion for comfort.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that your new rug has to be boring. These pieces can still be used to subtly introduce new textures and tones, keeping your feet cozy without overwhelming your eyes.
Take the time to hunt for your perfect odd-shaped rug
We know that not everyone loves rug shopping as much as we do. If you’re tackling a large redecorating project, you may be tempted to settle for the first rug you see. It’s true that rugs are easy and fairly inexpensive to replace if your tastes change. However, you owe it to your style and your budget to explore all of your options.
This goes beyond just colors and patterns. When you begin your shopping experience, you may have a well-established image of what a rug can look like. However, it’s essential to consider unique shapes and constructions to make sure that your room is getting its perfect match. Plenty of decorating scenarios call for odd-shaped rugs — eccentric tastes, toned-down wall decor, and even odd-shaped rooms!
How to fit a rug in an odd-shaped room
It seems as though every home has that room — a space with so many angled nooks and crannies that you begin to wonder if the architect was sketching while on a bumpy car ride. These areas are frequently adorned with hardwood. After all, no rug would easily fit the space. At least, that’s what you may have always thought.
Quirky room designs don’t eliminate the opportunity to incorporate rugs! On the contrary, these unique layouts can inspire one-of-a-kind rug investments that bring a space to life.
The most obvious example of incorporating rugs in odd-shaped rooms would be pieces like runners. Frequently used in narrow kitchen walkways, these thin, rectangular rugs serve as a soft resting place and floor guard against kitchen messes. In a similar fashion, runners can guide visitors down hallways and adorn otherwise bland walkways. With tools like rug tape and non-slip pads, you can place a rug anywhere without fear of it sliding or serving as a tripping hazard.
Remember — rugs aren’t supposed to completely cover your hardwood or carpeted floors. When dealing with oddly-shaped rooms, rugs can be used to establish a focal point in the heart of the room, eliminating confusion created by sharp angles or an abundance of corners. These centerpieces can be traditional shapes or even take on an asymmetrical design to further draw guests’ attention.
Incorporating asymmetrical rugs into your decor
Decorating fans know the power of decor to bring a room together. With that mindset, introducing asymmetrical pieces may sound counterproductive. In actuality, the use of asymmetrical rugs in your favorite gathering spaces can add intrigue and dimension.
Asymmetrical rugs come in many different styles. Some simply offer slight variations on traditional rug shapes, appearing as ovals instead of circles, or as trapezoids instead of squares. Others go bolder, often using the rugs’ odd shape as the defining feature of the design. Pop-inspired paint splatters or abstract collages allow you to display a modern art piece right beneath your feet! You can even find rugs that are shaped to fit a room’s exact theme, allowing you to add a football-shaped piece to a game room or a rainbow to an art space.
Not ready to commit to a show-stealing shag? No worries! These asymmetrical designs can also be used to point out other great aspects of your design. A tapered rug, becoming narrower as it progresses, can lead the eye to luxurious furniture or a funky side table.
With asymmetrical rugs, it’s never been easier to get creative and cozy with your floor design. When it’s meant to be asymmetrical, you can’t go wrong!