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5 Inspiring Rug Layout Ideas to Get Out of a Decorating Funk

Rugs made an interior design comeback in the 2010s. The original American homes had no carpeting. Instead, builders made the floors from sturdy wood materials. 

Thus, if you live in a home that has no carpet, tapestries become flooring must-haves. They provide soundproofing, air quality control, and safety.

Other individuals have discovered that it’s perfectly acceptable to place a rug over carpeting too.

Homes in the 1950s saw several structural changes. For example, it’s the first time that builders incorporated central heating, cooling, and ventilation systems into new homes. In addition, architects started integrating open floor plans.

No shortage of places to obtain interior design inspiration exists in 2022. You can take a look at:

  • Magazines
  • Social media
  • Online
  • Reality TV

Nonetheless, you might find that nothing speaks to you. When you find yourself uninspired, focus on one versatile item in your home. Then, build the rest of the decor from it.

In this case, we will focus on the versatility of rugs as decorating items to return inspiration to you.

Even if your home does not have an open floor plan, you can still use rugs to create spaces.

Create Spaces with Rug

Creating spaces with rugs means using them to define borders. Rugs have several sizes including:

  • 14 feet by 20 feet
  • 14 feet by 18 feet
  • 16 feet by 16 feet
  • 4 feet by 4 feet
  • 2 feet by 9 feet
  • 3 feet by 6 feet

The average American living room measures 16 feet by 20 feet. Thus, you can cover the entire space with one large rug. You can also divide the living room into two spaces with two small- or mid-sized rugs.

For example, in an open floor plan home, your dining area lives near the entertainment area. No separation exists between the two since there are no walls. 

To define the dining area, place a large rug from Lawrence of La Brea under the dining table and chairs. Then, use a different rug in the middle of the entertainment area. Set a center table on top and surround the tapestry with chairs and a sofa. 

Now we can explore five inspiring rug layout ideas to get out of a decorating funk.

1. The Focal Point

You’ll find an array of rug styles on the market. In addition to a range of sizes, you’ll find them in several colors, patterns, and styles. Thus, if you find yourself in a funk, pick a rug color, pattern, or style that speaks to you. Then, turn it into the focal point.

A mid-sized to large tapestry will command the room’s attention. Place it in the middle of the room. Next, surround it with furniture that people will sit on.

Modern-styled living rooms have a tapestry in the middle. Professional interior designers face the tapestry toward a fireplace or television. Then, they surround the three remaining borders with chairs and sofas. Next, they place a center table over the rug and round out the look with side tables at the corners.

2. At the Front

Another tapestry layout to consider is placing it at the front of large furniture pieces such as your bed. You can also place it in front of your sectional sofas.

The furniture behind the rug denotes one space. The rug creates another. If you follow this layout for your bedroom, the rug can create a vanity space. Set a vanity mirror table or desk against the wall and partially on top of the rug.

If you place it in front of the sofa, it’s another way to create an entertainment area in the living room.

3. Tucked Under

Before purchasing a luxury rug, measure the space where it will live. Altering rugs is not an option. If you attempt it, you will distort its integrity. 

In most cases, it’s better when a rug is too small as opposed to too big. Its corners should not scrunch up against the walls. However, you can tuck portions of the tapestry under furniture.

Tucking a rug under furniture is another layout that can inspire you to decorate. Some tapestries have an accent on one corner. Thus, position it so that the accent is visible.

If pets live in the home, tucking a portion of the rug under furniture is a good idea. The population loves dogs and cats. Pets provide unconditional love. Plus, they have minds of their own. You never know what they might do next.

Keep in mind that frayed edges on rugs will attract some pets. They see it as something to play with. To prevent them from fraying it more, place that part of the rug under the furniture. The strategy removes the temptation. 

4. Form a T

No rules exist for the best way to lay out rugs, except that they should have a size that conforms to the space.

If you pick two tapestries that measure 2 feet by 9 feet, you can create a T layout. This layout is great for hallways. It’s also a nice way to highlight entryways into the home and other rooms.

Homes that already have carpet benefit from this layout solution too. For example, the tapestries lead guests into the rest of the home. When the rug ends, the carpet begins. The layout creates a border between the hallways and rooms.

5. Split It

Some rugs have patterns that symmetrically run throughout them. Others have accents. It’s also possible to find rugs that consist of one solid color. 

If you pick up a tapestry that has symmetrical patterns, you can slide a portion under furniture too. This is a nice trick to employ when the rug is one or two feet too big. You don’t have other solutions except to tuck it under the furniture. 

However, it’s not obvious. 


Luxury rugs have become versatile home furnishing pieces. Depending on its quality, the rug has a lifespan of 15 years or more. Thus, it’s an investment. In addition, strategically placing rugs in your home can spark a new way to decorate your home.

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