Open floor plans have become popular among homeowners all over the world. The open concept makes homes feel more spacious and allows for more flexibility for interior design. However, having such a large space needs definition and area rugs can be used for that purpose. While different area rugs can be combined in open floor plans, one can easily feel confused and intimidated by how to mix and match multiple rugs in the same space. In today’s blog post, the Sukhi team will delve deeper into open floor plans and how to combine area rugs in an open floor plan to define different spaces.
What is an open floor plan?
An open floor plan is when two or more living spaces have been joined to form a larger space. More traditional houses usually have walls or partitions separating these different spaces such as the kitchen, the living room, and the dining room. However, in the 1990s architects moved towards an open space layout to create a more communal feel in houses. This way, the people in the kitchen would not feel isolated from the people sitting at the dining table or in the living room. Communication can flow more easily, and no one feels left out.
As more and more people opt for the modern open space look in their homes, it can become a bit overwhelming when trying to separate the different areas. For instance, where does the kitchen area stop and living room start, or how can I define my dining area from my sitting area? On top of that, having different furniture and homeware spread out in an open space can look tacky and feel like you are living in a showroom instead of a house. At Sukhi, we believe that area rugs are the best solutions to all the above questions you might have been asking yourselves.
How can area rugs be used in an open floor plan?
Rugs are a perfect way to define different areas when you have an open space layout in your home. They can effortlessly decorate and set the tone you want in your living spaces. They create the illusion of containment so that your guests immediately understand what each area’s purpose is. So, each area in your open floor plan can easily be defined without walls or partitions by having the right living room rug, dining room rug, and so on.
Area rugs come in different shapes, textures, and forms to fit your tastes and needs accordingly. But it can feel daunting to have multiple rugs in one area without them clashing. Because of this, having an open floor plan can make having more than one area rug tricky. It is important to know how these different rugs look together so that they look complementary and aesthetically pleasing.
So, to help you, the Sukhi team has come up with 10 tips to combine area rugs in an open floor plan. These tips will, hopefully, entice you to take some creative risks when it comes to decorating your open floor plans with rugs!
How to combine multiple area rugs in an open floor plan?
Layer them up!
The first tip we have is to layer your rugs up! You can easily add some style to your sitting area by doubling your rugs. Try adding a patterned rug on top of (or vice-versa) a plain, more neutral rug and see how much visual impact this creates. The perfect patterned rug to work with is an oriental rug. This rug is absolutely beautiful and draws attention to its eye-catching design and quality.
Oriental rugs are perfect for layering up as they can easily complement a simpler rug like a flat weave rug. This style looks absolutely gorgeous in a dining or sitting area. Layering up rugs has become quite trendy these days, especially among people who have big interior spaces. It helps add more texture and style to your space.
When doing this, ensure that you are matching the neutral rug color with at least one color on the patterned rug. This ensures a smooth transition between the rugs and makes the rugs fit perfectly together. It is also a good idea to take into consideration the nearby furniture and upholstery so that there are no clashing colors.
Play with shapes
You can have some fun with your rugs and mix and match rug sizes to define different spaces! A round rug can sit nicely on top of or next to a rectangular rug. Round rugs are also a great way to delineate a statement chair, table or other pieces of furniture in the living space.
The shape of the rug can also relate to the shape of the furniture it is being placed with. For example, a round dining table can be enhanced with a round dining area rug and a sectional couch will look perfect with a large rectangle area rug. There is, of course, no rulebook here so if you are feeling more adventurous, you can make a statement by pairing your sitting area with a large round custom size rug as well!
Another tip is to use a long narrow rug, also known as a runner rug, to give a sense that it is leading to somewhere! For example, you can use these in the foyer in areas that lead to your lounge. This will instinctively guide your guests to the right areas in the open space. Modern oriental rugs are great for this purpose as they can act as a guide and an art-piece.
Mix different sizes
When you live in an open layout house, you will have to define those different areas. Some of the areas are smaller than others. For example, you might want to define a small area in the sitting area as a play space for babies and toddlers – a Beni Ourain rug can do the trick here! Or you might want to use a bigger rug under the couch to define the relax area from the eating and work area.
When playing with different rugs in the same space, you can usually mix and match any style you want as long as you a pairing your colors properly. This is very simple: make sure that all the colors that you choose are in harmony with each other and offer safe color pairing. For instance, cream and pink or grey and turquoise pair well together.
If you want to play it safe, choose the common complementary colors such as blue and orange or green and red. A trick is to grab a color wheel and pick opposite colors: these are the perfect complementary colors. These pairs of colors will automatically set the tone in your open floor plan and add charm to your home.
Use a dominant color when mixing patterns
If you just love patterns and cannot seem to grab anything else when homeware shopping, then don’t panic! It is possible to have different patterns in an open floor area without your home looking like a circus. The key is to remain consistent with your color choices.
As you play around with different geometrical shapes and patterns, opt for a dominant color. Easy ones are white, cream, brown, grey and black. Make sure all your rugs share a similar color. Feel free to mix and match different shades and tones as long as the dominant color remains the same. Also, don’t forget to match the dominant color with your other furniture and accessories like cushions and curtains! When playing with patterned rugs, you might wish to keep the rest of the furniture quite neutral.
Some patterns look better together than others. For instance, small polka dots, stripes, and floral patterns pair well. Make sure that the heaviest patterned rug is placed as the focal point of the room and the other rugs are less dense to create a more cohesive design.
Match your style
While decorating your open floor plan, don’t forget that it still needs to reflect your style and personality. Make sure that the theme of the interior design, including the rugs you pic, match your style. For instance, if you are aiming for a boho-chic look, aim for intricate patterns, patchwork rugs, bright colors and add some leafy potted plants to tie it all up. Minimalists might want to stick to neutral tones with simple to none patterns and focus more on texture and quality.
Have complementary textures
If you don’t feel like mixing colors and patterns, opt for different textures that complement each other. Yes, you heard right! Rugs come in different textures: felt ball, Beni Ourain, flat weave, hand-knotted, hand-tufted, braided and others. All these different types of rugs offer a different feel and look. You can have some fun by combining rugs that share the same color but have different textures to break the monotony of the open floor plan.
For instance, consider layering up a practical flat weave rug with a fun felt ball rug to add more dimension to the room. You can also use this method to define smaller areas from bigger ones. For instance, the felt ball rug can be placed next to the fireplace or next to the bookshelf to create a more personal cozy environment. On the other hand, a hand-tufted rug can be placed under a sofa and coffee table to bring the furniture together and designate the area for social gatherings.
Contrast rugs with your furniture and homeware
Sometimes, it is hard to draw the line when buying sequined cushions, patterned rugs, and beautiful flowery upholstery. Although, all of these things look great individually, when put together in the same space, they might seem chaotic and out of place. For this reason, it is important to always consider the furniture and homeware you already own before deciding on what rug to get.
Open floor plans are ultimately a huge space that you have to fill. To create a cohesive space, consider making only one aspect of it the focal point. A focal point is that area your eyes go to immediately when entering a room or space. In an open floor plan, decide whether the rug or the sofa or the fireplace or something else is the focal point. For instance, if you have a beautifully embroidered armchair, pair it with a more neutral rug. And in a different section of the living space, like the study area, match the patterned rug with your solid wood desk.
Focus on a bold statement rug
Keeping focal points in an open floor plan in mind, you want to focus on a bold statement rug. Having multiple rugs in an open space is fine as long as they all “know their place”. By this, we mean that each rug serves a purpose. Some offer warmth and comfort in the lounge, others are slightly more robust for the dining area and others are smaller, softer with playful colors for the children. However, among all these area rugs, you can have one rug that sets itself apart from the others. This bold statement rug adds visual weight to the room, acts as the focal point and does not clash with the other more neutral rugs.
Focus on quality
Last, but certainly not the least, the most important thing to focus on when combining multiple area rugs in an open floor plan is the quality of the products! Different colors, patterns and textures will not do much for you and your home if the quality is lacking. That’s why, at Sukhi, we make quality our number one priority when making our wool rugs. We love wool because it is durable, stain and heat resistant and springy. Wool is also non-toxic and allergy-free. This means that you can invest in it and rest assured that it will last you for years. It might even find its place in the next generation’s living room!
So here you have it: 10 tips to help you combine multiple area rugs in an open floor plan. But, of course, there are no rules in our book! Be bold and playful and remember let your personality shine through! At Sukhi, you can easily shop rugs online and can now find your perfect rug using our visualizer tool. We hope that our tips will help you create beautiful and unique open-space interiors!