Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Feature: Hyphen Interiors

Today I'm featuring Hyphen Interiors. Kristy always has fabulous content and an eye for what's en vogue! Today she's tackling the subject of area rugs-- take it away Kristy!

Thanks so much for having me today, Kimberly! I love her blog and it's an honor to be able to guest post on it today.

Area rugs are used to:
- Cover walking spaces in entries and halls.
- Define seating arrangements.
- For warmth and texture at the foot of a bed.

Area rugs can be tricky. One of the biggest design flaws that I see are people using the wrong size of rug. This is definitely one example where it’s great to know the rules before breaking them.

There are a lot of varying “rules” out there, and just as many opinions. Some say all furniture legs on the rug, some say just the front legs on the rug, some say no legs on, and others say a rug should be the size of the space minus 18 inches on each side.

If we are talking about a seating area, I subscribe to the rule that the rug should be large enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in that seating arrangement. This anchors and unifies a space.

The photo below shows this concept.



Even if just one leg can be on due to an angle that furniture has to face.


However, this doesn’t always work. Let’s take our new cow hide rug as an example. It is an irregular shape. Who would want to place all furniture around those catawampus lines? That makes no sense.


So, in that case, the chair in my master bedroom may not have it’s legs on the rug at all or maybe just one leg barely on.

The most common mistake with rugs is that they are too small for the space and end up feeling like they are what I call, floating. They are anchored to nothing.

Though the room above is a very pretty room, (I love the rug) you can see the floating affect.
However, the exception would be a hallway or closet.

traditional hall by Gast Architects

The rugs in this space is used to lead the visitor into the home.

Rather than legalistically following any specific rules, I would simply be aware of the rules and then see what makes sense in your space.

Generally speaking, if it’s a seating arrangement, legs should be on the rug. If it’s an entry hall, it should be “floating” and in a bedroom, it depends. If it’s at the foot of a bed, the bed legs should be resting on it in most cases. If it’s anchoring a seating arrangement, furniture legs should be resting on it. And, if it’s not near either, it can be floating.

Today we did a blog swap so go see what I have to say about mixing and matching fabrics over there!


  1. Such good tips! I tend to aim for front legs on the rugs, but good to know about the other schools of thought on this issue :)


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