Make it bigger: how rugs can cast the illusion of space

Blog Make it bigger: how rugs can cast the illusion of space

Rugs don’t only provide a decorative centrepiece or colourful anchor for your room – they’re also great at casting illusions, chiefly, the illusion of space.

If you have a small room that feels suffocating, employing the right rug could be the perfect way to lift it – making it seem larger, cosier and freer. Here are our 5 top tips for picking the right rug(s) for maximising your space.

Use rugs with lighter shades

Darker colours make already-small rooms feel even more enclosed: light, however, is expansive, so use rugs with plenty of pale colours in them to make the room feel freer and airier.

We suggest: Something like this Rex Ray Bernal rug in Ivory,  or this Afghan Garous Rug, which is imbued with light tones that’ll help the widening effect.

Use rugs to separate one room into smaller spaces

Try having two or three rugs in your smaller room, as this helps create the feel that there’s multiple spaces in there (hence, making it feel larger). A particularly useful tactic for smaller apartments – we at TLHRC often see open plan interiors, so this segregating trick often comes in useful.

We suggest: Something like this Afghan Garous Circular Rug or this, Afghan Garous Oblong Rug, both of which are small and light in colour – an enlarging duo.

Go for fabrics and rugs in small prints or plain colours

Use same shades, similar patterns and/or plain colours as this makes the space visually coherent, all elements bouncing off each other, which ultimately helps the room feel more open.

We suggest: Something like this Afghan Ziegler Silk Rug or this Fine Antique Persian Kashan, both with intricate patterns that complement your smaller room.

Unify your flooring with the rest of the room

If your floor, wall and ceiling are the same or similar tones, then the viewer’s mind will perceive it as continuous, visually tricking them thus opening up the space. Those who have laminate or stone flooring – invest in a rug with similar tones to the rest of the room to help create this stable harmony.

Have any tips of your own? Feel free to share your discoveries over at The London House Rug Company’s Facebook page.