Rug Shapes and How to Use Them

Traditionally, area rugs are rectangular. These shapes work well with typical furniture and room layout. They’re beautiful, practical, and a sure bet. But, if you’re in the mood to try something a little outside the box, the rectangular rug may not be what you’re looking for. You may want to consider a circle or an oval, a square, or something entirely different to get a unique feel. But the trick is getting this right. Because these shapes aren’t as common, we’re not as familiar with how to incorporate them seamlessly. But with a few tips, they’ll look flawless in your home.

Circle/Oval Area Rugs: These rugs tend to evoke an informal feel in a room. For that reason they are best suited for a kid’s room, mudroom, or an oddly shaped space. They also work really well in a square room! Incorporate them into a room that you feel lacks visual appeal or into a room that feels claustrophobic. They can actually trick the eye into thinking that a room is larger than it is!

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Square Area Rugs: Although they may seem very similar, square rugs can work very differently when compared to rectangular rugs. For example, one of the best uses of a square rug is under a square or circular dining table. A rectangular rug would look a bit off in a spot like this, but a square rug creates a much more cohesive look. Square rugs are also the obvious choice in a square room or square entry way where, again, a rectangular rug might look a little out of place.

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Don’t shy away from less traditional area rug shapes, because they may just be what your room is lacking!

3 Questions to Consider Before Picking Window Treatments

Window treatments aren’t necessarily the first thing you notice when you walk into a room, but if they’re missing it’s glaring. Without window treatments, a room looks bare and incomplete. These pieces are often the finishing touches that bring your décor and room together. But, for full effect, you’ll need to consider a lot of factors when shopping! Be sure to ask yourself these questions before you set out to make the final purchase.

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What are you looking for in your window treatments?

Window treatments are great for light control, noise control, and energy saving, but deciding which of these advantages is most important to you is crucial. If your room gets too much or too little natural sunlight, you may want to consider shades or blinds, which allow for maximum light control. However, if you are more concerned about noise control, then you will want to look into window treatments with multiple layers, which will absorb sound. Finally, if energy saving is your top priority, consider heavier window treatments with natural fibers.

What is the style of your existing décor?

You certainly don’t want your new window treatments to look out of place with your existing décor. You’ll want to shop in the same style as your room. For example, if you have a contemporary space, you will want to look for sleek, sophisticated designs with minimum accessories. If you have a traditional space, you’ll typically be looking for a three-step design, including a sash, a draw drapery, and an over-drapery. Whatever your existing style, be sure to keep it in mind when you’re at the store.

What size do you need?

The wrong sized window treatments tend to look pretty awkward so measuring correctly is an important step. With each type of window treatment there is a certain size that will look best for your window, and it’s crucial that you look into this before you bring anything home. For example, for curtains, you want the rod to extend two inches on either side of your window. As for the panels, you want them to touch the ground and to have them extend onto the floor one to three inches is very trendy right now. No matter what window treatment you choose, do your research. Figure out what size is recommended for your window and window treatment and bring this information with you while browsing.

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If you want your window treatments to work for your room, you have to do the work to find the perfect fit. These questions help you think beyond just what type of window treatment you want so that you can come home to a complete room.