Gorgeous Great Room

Large areas of bare flooring can create a cold, uninviting feeling—and that’s the last thing you want in your home. By using a couple of area rugs, you can shake things up and create depth and dimension. Here are some things to keep in mind for your great room.

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1. High Definition
You can use area rugs to help visually define specific areas within your great room, like a dining space or seating area. A rug helps anchor the furniture that sits on top of it, creating a defined space and a more intimate setting for meals or conversation.

2. Size It Up
When choosing a rug for your dining area, be careful not to go too small—your dinner guests should be able to slide their chairs in and out without getting the legs caught on the edge of the rug. A buffer of 18 to 24 inches on each side of the table should provide ample room for maneuvering.

3. Color Code
Be sure to choose area rugs that complement each other and your decor. If one has a prominent pattern, consider a simpler, solid-colored rug for the second. And instead of matching the rugs’ colors exactly, try sampling a hue from one rug’s pattern to inspire the other as a subtle way to add interest.

To the Letter

If you have two areas you want to define in one great room, try staggering your rugs or placing them perpendicular to each other. With more than one rug in an open space, an “L” or “T” pattern creates flow and breaks up the space.

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