Interior designers usually recommend that homeowners use area rugs in one of three decorating styles: as a focal point, as an accessory, or using the "practical" method. If you decide to use your rug as the focal point of your room, choose the rug as the centerpiece of the room's design. Then, choose furniture and accessories from there. Make sure to complement the area rug, not overwhelm it. For example, a brightly hued rug with neutral furniture would look great. Complement a modern decor with a more traditional rug design for a decorating twist. If your rug is particularly bright or eye-catching, make sure your art and accessories don't compete with the design. It could make your room overly busy and draw attention away from your carefully chosen area rug.
If your style is particularly eclectic, and you like a lot of knick-knacks, consider using your area rug as another accessory. Interior designers recommend a rug with a delicate pattern or a symmetrical design for rooms that are already full of other design elements. If you already have a focal point in your room - a fireplace, perhaps, or a particularly engaging piece of artwork - let your area rug be a foil to this piece. Look for colors that blend with your existing furniture scheme or wall color, and remember that it's okay to mix patterns, but let one item be the bold piece and go more subtle with the rest of your patterned items. If your room has ornate wallpaper, choose a subdued rug to bring all the room's elements together.
Considering the placement of your rug is an important consideration, too. If your rug will be in a high-traffic area, think about dark colors or patterns and a sturdy weave. Light-colored rugs open up a room, so if your room is small, they would be a good choice. Consequently, if your room is large, consider a darker-hued rug which brings a feeling of coziness and warmth. Size is another important decorating consideration. Large rugs are good for office spaces, living room, kitchens, and bedrooms, while smaller rugs are perfect for hallways and bathrooms. Another fun decorating idea is more than one rug in one room. Be sure to purchase rugs of different sizes.