Guidelines For Using Area Rugs In Open Floor Plans

Do you want to avoid scattered furniture all over your open floor living space? An area rug (or several ones) is the perfect fix for disorganized furniture and undefined areas. Because there are not enough walls in an open floor plan, you need to group functional furniture together with something that keeps them united. Round rugs frame these spaces and help create those divisions. Different area rugs, even if they don’t match, bring a sense of cohesion to the space. While matching rugs can be the easy route, it’s a good idea to mix and match rugs of different colors and textures. It doesn’t only help create unique spaces; it also contributes to maintaining a cohesive look throughout. For this reason, it’s important to think about how all the area rugs will look together and how they complement or bring out visual interest in the room. Open floor plans can benefit from placing a few area rugs of different designs and sizes. Here are some tips to guide you in your search:

1. We mentioned the importance of choosing rugs with different designs. It gives the room a fun, unique style, but you could also consider getting matching rugs in particular cases. For example, if you’d like to keep the harmony between two or more spaces, matching area rugs might help frame these areas without making a clear separation. On the other hand, you can distribute matching rugs in different parts of the room to create better contrast and keep the space balanced.
2. Mixing rugs from various sizes maintains the distribution interesting and unique, and it helps to prevent a crowded look. If you must use same-sized rugs, put them one next to the other to avoid this effect and highlight the floors.
3. Rugs are useful to clearly distinguish different living areas. Choose different textures and colors for dining room and living room rugs, while still maintaining a cohesive look between rooms. For example, you could decide for a warmer, darker palette for your dining room, and brighten up the tones in your living room.
4. If you’d like to create one focal point in your open floor plan, try getting one rug with a bold pattern and combine it with solid, smaller rugs that share the same color. This way, you can get both consistency and diversity on your style. However, patterns are harder to mix. If you’re looking for a simpler look, mixing solid rugs in complementary colors is a better idea.
5. Most of the time, what makes two area rugs go well together is sharing a similar palette or sensibility. For example, this is what makes Oriental rugs easier to match with other rugs and furniture. Guiding your choices by colors can help you mix rugs with different patterns and textures.

Open floor plans are an easy way to define living spaces without using divisions or walls. They can maintain an open atmosphere while setting up a function for each part of the rooms and keep furniture looking organized.
Cohesion and diversity are both important when choosing area rugs for an open floor plan. By mixing up colors, patterns, and sizes, rugs can frame the spaces and keep a dynamic, balanced style.