5 Reasons to Use a Round Rug

5 Reasons to Use a Round Rug

It’s no secret that rugs can be a very practical design choice. From protecting your floor to reducing noise, adding a rug to your room is smart as well as stylish. But there’s a lot more a rug can do for your room—provided that rug is round. 



Let’s take a look at five reasons why a round rug might just be the best choice for your home. 

Soften the Feel of a Room

Walls, doors, stairs… what do they all have in common? They’re all made up of rectangles. All those corners and edges that fill a room with rectangles can evoke a hard, sharp feeling. And if rectangles dominate the other functional and decorative elements of your room—couches, chairs, artwork, windows—it can start to feel like there’s an aggressive rectangle around every corner. Bringing in a round rug softens the room and breaks up the rectangular monotony.  

Highlight Other Circular Features

Of course, not all decor is rectangular. When you have a circular feature in your room, such as a lamp or a clock, placing a round rug near that feature will draw attention to it and even begin to provide a sense of design cohesion. 

But don’t limit yourself to calling out design items that are perfectly round. Even an octagonal coffee table or a traditional rectangular frame around a picture that is dominated by circles will be accentuated and enhanced by the addition of a well-placed round rug. 

Define an Area 

In an open concept house or an especially large living room, defining spaces is essential. The placement of furniture goes a long way to helping define areas, but without an anchor, there is a risk that the furniture placement will look haphazard. 

To define smaller spaces in a large room, place a round rug within the center of the vignette and coordinate the color and material with the furniture and other decorative elements. The internal boundary created by the rug indicates the intentionality of the space and takes it from a few random chairs and a side table to a defined, cozy conversation area. 

If you want to define a larger space, such as a dining area, you should go big. A large round rug placed under the table creates an instant dining room—no walls required! 

Make a Room Feel Bigger

Round rugs are a really simple and effective way to make a small room feel bigger. It may seem counterintuitive, but adding a large round rug is the best way to accomplish this. Have the legs of some of your furniture sit on the edge of the rug, while placing other furniture outside the circle. This incongruity of furniture placement combined with the varying distance between the edge of the rug and the wall will create the illusion of a larger space.  

Rug Layering

An unexpected and unobtrusive way to add decorative variety to any space is rug layering. Layering two round rugs con\centrically is an easy and effective way to bring in multiple colors and textures without taking up too much real estate. 

If you want to add an extra dimension of interest to this decorative trend, lay a round rug over a rectangular rug. To make an even bigger statement, align the layers asymmetrically instead of stacking them neatly one on top of the other. Just be sure to avoid making a tripping hazard. For more style and safety tips for rug layering, check out our blog post A Modern Guide to Layering Rugs

Don’t Wait Around to Get a Round Rug

Round rugs are a great way to boost the style and coziness of any room of your house without cutting corners. And we make it easy to find the round rug of your dreams! Nearly all of our custom rugs are available in round. Round out your interior design with one of our wide selection of custom rugs.

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