Open floor plans are fantastic for entertaining. But they tend feel unfinished, like something is missing. When you are designing a kitchen, dining room and living room combination, you need to keep in mind the necessity of rugs.
As you work on designing an open floor plan, remember the following important rules: decide the functions of each room, figure out how many seats you need for each room, pick accent colors, and understand the best type of rugs for open floor plans.
Decide the Functions of Each Section
Rugs are incredible at establishing visual boundaries. So first, determine how you want to use each section of your large area. Do you want a reading nook? A large sitting area for entertaining?
How To Visualize A Room
Map Out the Area On Paper.
This is perhaps the easiest option of all four. Just write down the dimensions of your room and start dreaming up different ways you can arrange furniture and what new furnishings you need. Keep in mind the traffic patterns and where people will walk.
If you already own plenty of furniture you love, then instead of buying new ones, rearrange what you have. Face the furniture towards each other and close together. Always make sure everything is away from the walls and the front legs are anchored on your rug.
The previous photo is an excellent example of how to arrange furniture on your rug. Pull the sofas away from the wall and face the towards each other for the most powerful effect.
Use Photoshop Elements
Photoshop Elements is an amazing software that makes visualizing your room so much easier. It comes with a price tag, but it is worth every penny. The Lettered Cottage created a complete tutorial, I highly recommend it.
Ask the Houzz Experts
Houzz has a super helpful message board called "Design Dilemma." You just post a photo of your room and the experts weigh in with their ideas on how you can rearrange the furniture. It is all free and you are able to find interior designers that you click with.
Once you know how you want to use every section, you can be more equipped to buy the best furniture. After your furniture is in place, buy rugs that extend past the edges of each piece.
As you can see in the previous photo, the patchwork rug is large enough to extend beyond the table. Normally, 8x10 is the best size rug for almost all areas.
Decide How Many Each Space Needs To Hold
This is extremely important. Avoid buying furniture that is too big and overstuffs a room or too small and leaves people with nowhere to sit.
Ideally, you will want to create conversational areas for smaller groups of people. One mistake people often make is to think too big. Even if you plan on entertaining large groups, people will naturally break off into smaller groups to talk.
Take your large room and split it into smaller conversational areas. Place chairs, side tables, and small sofas around the room. Use separate rugs for each space.
Pick Accent Colors
Since rugs are so large, they are an excellent catalyst for featured colors in design schemes. Pick your favorite colored rug then choose the accent colors to play off the rug.
Playing off accent colors is an excellent way to tie together all the smaller conversational areas you created in the previous step. Place these colors around the room in pillows and art on the wall.
In the previous photo I love how the teals and oranges all play so well off each other. It's a perfect rug for this room and naturally separates it from the kitchen area in the back.
Best Type of Rugs For Open Floor Plans
Honestly, the best types of rugs are large rugs that visually separate large rooms into usable sections. But you can also use lovely round rugs and even layer with smaller rugs.
Rugs That Go Together
Keep in mind, that when you are choosing multiple rugs in an extra large room, they will have to flow together.
We picked our favorite pairs of rugs for you.
My best tip - choose colors and patterns that easily flow from one area of the room to the next.
Grey rugs pair perfectly with any other color you choose. Pick a grey shag like in the previous photo and then an overdyed rug and you have areas that really pop!
Overdyed rugs have a more solid color look to them, with the pattern of the rug in the background. This makes them perfect for not clashing with rugs in other vibrant patterns.
This grey Chinese rug will go with almost any rug you put next to it. It is fantastically neutral with enough geometric shapes around the edge to give it contrast and interest. Here it is matched with a Peshawar Ziegler.
Contact Our Design Team
We know how important rugs are to your overall decor. As you plan how to decorate your kitchen, dining room, and living room areas, contact Rugknots. Our design team is ready to help you find the rugs that match your taste and enhance the beauty of your home.
All shipping is free. If you don't like the rug, we will ship it back free as well. Let us help you find the amazing rugs that will bring your open floor plan together.