Rug

How to Style Rugs in Odd-Shaped Rooms

When it comes to decorating an odd-shaped room, using rugs is an easy way to add warmth and character to the space. My approach would be to first measure the room and choose a rug that fits the space and complements the furniture. Then, I would play with the shape of the rug itself to complement the room’s unique shape and create a sense of flow. I would also use color, pattern and texture to add visual interest and tie the room together. Additionally, I would consider the room’s purpose and use the rug to define different spaces or highlight a focal point. To create a personalized and unique look, I would experiment with different placements, layering or even use multiple rugs in an abnormally shaped room. And last but not least, I would make sure the rug reflects my client’s personal style and taste to make the space feel cohesive.

Considerations when choosing your rug

When it comes to selecting rugs for odd-shaped rooms, the key is to find a piece that complements the space and enhances its unique features. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Size: Measure the room and choose a rug that is proportional to the space. Keep in mind the size of the furniture that will be placed on the rug as well. A rug that is too small will look out of place, while one that is too large can overpower the space.
  2. Shape: Consider the shape of the room and choose a rug that complements it. For example, if the room is irregularly shaped, a round or oval rug can help to soften the angles and create a sense of flow. On the other hand, if the room is square, a rectangular rug can help to define the space.
  3. Color: Choose a rug that complements the color scheme of the room. The rug can be used to add a pop of color or to tie different elements of the room together. Remember that the rug is an important design element, so choose a color that you love!
  4. Material: Consider the material of the rug, as it will affect its durability and maintenance. Natural fibers such as wool and cotton are durable and easy to clean, while synthetic materials may be less expensive but less durable.
  5. Function: Think about the intended use of the room and choose a rug that is appropriate for that purpose. For example, if it’s a high-traffic area, choose a durable and easy to clean rug. You may also want to consider getting a rug pad for added cushioning and to prevent slipping.
  6. Personal style: Select a rug that reflects your personal style and taste. This will help to make the space feel just like your own.

Keep in mind that choosing a rug for an odd-shaped room is an opportunity to be creative and bring out the room’s unique character. Don’t be afraid to try something different and have fun with it!

Rug Shapes

Area Rug

Through my experience, I would recommend considering the following rug shapes for odd-shaped rooms:

  1. Round rugs: Round rugs are a great option for irregularly shaped rooms because they don’t have any corners or angles, which can help to soften the lines of the room and create a sense of flow.
  2. Oval rugs: Similar to round rugs, oval rugs also have no corners or angles and can help to soften the lines of the room. They are also a great option for rooms with irregular shapes.
  3. Custom shaped rugs: If you want to take it a step further, you can have a rug custom made to the exact shape of your room. This is a great way to create a unique and tailored look that fits the room perfectly.
  4. Multiple rugs: Another option is to use multiple rugs in an odd-shaped room, to create a layered look that can help to define different areas of the space. This can be especially effective in large, open-plan spaces.
  5. Area Rugs: Area rugs are a great option, as they can be used to define different spaces within the room, such as a seating area or a dining area.

When choosing the shape of the rug, it’s important to consider the overall design of the room and how the rug will complement the existing elements. Also consider the room’s function, and how the rug can be used to define different areas of the space.

It’s also worth noting that regardless of the rug shape, it’s important for the rug to correspond to the room and to the furniture that will be placed on it.

Finding the Focal Point of the room

Example of a Focal Point

Determining the focal point of an odd-shaped room is an important step in creating a connected and visually balanced space. Here are a few steps I would take to work out where to place a rug :

  1. Identify the room’s main purpose: Determine the main function of the room and use that to guide the placement of the rug. For example, if it’s a living room, the focal point may be the fireplace or a large window.
  2. Measure the room: Measure the room to determine the size and shape of the space. This will help you to select a rug that is proportionate to the room and to the furniture that will be placed on it.
  3. Consider the existing elements: Take into account the existing elements in the room such as the architecture, the furniture, and the color scheme. The rug should complement these elements and not clash with them.
  4. Identify the main feature of the room: Look for the most striking feature in the room, it could be a fireplace, a large window or a piece of art, and consider placing the rug in front of it, it will help to draw attention to the focal point.
  5. Use a Rug to create a focal point: If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, a rug can be used to create one. Consider placing a colorful or patterned rug in a central location to draw the eye and create a sense of balance in the space.
  6. Experiment with different placements: Once you have an idea of where you want to place the rug, try different placements to see what works best. You may find that moving the rug just a few inches can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the room.

Keep in mind that when working with an odd-shaped room, it’s important to be flexible and open to trying different things. This can be an opportunity to get creative and let your imagination free!

How to use Asymmetrical Rugs?

Example of Asymmetrical Rug

I would recommend using asymmetrical rugs in an odd-shaped room as a way to add visual interest. Here are a few ways to use asymmetrical rugs:

  1. To complement the shape of the room: If the room has an irregular shape, an asymmetrical rug can help to complement the angles and create a sense of flow. This can be especially effective if the rug is used to define a specific area of the room, such as a seating area.
  2. To define different spaces: If the room is large and open-plan, multiple asymmetrical rugs can be used to define different spaces and create a layered look. This can be especially effective if the room has multiple focal points.
  3. To create a focal point: If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, an asymmetrical rug can be used to create one. Consider placing a colorful or patterned rug in a central location to draw the eye and create a sense of balance in the space.
  4. To add visual interest: Asymmetrical rugs can be a great way to add visual interest to an odd-shaped room. They can be used to create a sense of movement and add an interesting touch to the space.
  5. Experiment with different placements: Once you have an idea of where you want to place the rug, try different placements to see what works best. You may find that moving the rug just a few inches can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the room.

Keep in mind that when working with an odd-shaped room, it’s important to be flexible and open to trying different things. Asymmetrical rugs can be a great way to add visual interest and create an exclusive design, but it’s also important to keep the overall design of the room in mind.