One of the simplest ways to make your hospitality or corporate office space stand out is to design around a bold statement piece. To this end, almost nothing works better than the perfect rug.
Not only can a careful rug choice soften your room’s edges and bring greater comfort to the space — it can also set the stage for a visually interesting interior design that leaves guests and employees feeling inspired.
Here’s how you can get started today with our quick guide to using a rug as a statement piece.
First things first: consider the size of your room
Before you go looking for the perfect rug design, make sure to consider the size of the space you’ll be putting it in. Generally, statement rugs are large — it’s a good idea to get them one or two feet shorter than the room’s shortest wall. This will create a balanced look while ensuring your carpet does its job, stealing the show.
Another option is to use a smaller rug to section off an area of a large, open room. This is especially effective in expansive lobbies and open-concept office spaces. In this case, choose a rug size that will give your new area breathing room without being overpowering — the right dimensions are heavily dependent on what’s going on in the rest of the space.
Finally, consider this: If your plan is to be really bold with your new statement rug, you might want to opt for a slightly smaller size. Too much of a good thing can be visually overwhelming — if your carpet has a dizzyingly neon pattern, there’s no need for it to cover the entire floor.
Be intentional about your new rug’s color scheme and pattern
When it comes to choosing the right colors and pattern for your new statement rug, a little understanding of human psychology can go a long way. In the residential space, it’s often enough to just select the carpet that “speaks to you” — but in a corporate or hospitality project, you want to make sure your design decisions speak to your guests.
Pick the right statement rug pattern
We frequently see squares and rectangles, and for good reason. These common shapes often elicit feelings of reliability and strength, though they can sometimes feel too rigid for a creative space.
Triangles, on the other hand, have the discipline of straight lines without the stability of right angles. Depending on how they’re positioned, they can either make a pattern feel comfortingly secure (when upright and solid) or excitingly unbalanced (when reversed or tilted).
As for circles, ellipses, and other soft lines? These are most associated with the calmness — and mystery — of nature. Spirals are known for creating a feeling of serenity, while abstract patterns often spark creativity.
Pick the right statement rug color
The psychology of color is complex and often misunderstood, but you can still use it to your advantage when it comes to selecting the perfect statement rug.
In general, warm colors like yellow, orange, and red elicit positive emotions like cheerfulness and excitement — but they can sometimes be viewed as unstable.
Cool colors like blue and green, on the other hand, can make your space feel more connected to nature and increase creativity and contemplation — though their dependability can verge on boring.
So how do you make the right decision? Carefully consider who you’re designing for. Hospitality spaces often benefit from “safe” choices like blue, while corporate offices looking to increase employee energy might see results from something bolder like orange.
And remember that color intensity can have an impact, too — there’s a big difference between a toned-down maroon or a bright firetruck red.
Choose furniture and design details that complement your rug
Once you’ve found the perfect rug size, pattern, and colors, you can start bringing the rest of your space together. Choose furniture and wall art that complement your statement rug — it’s a good idea to err on the neutral side of things so that your carpet doesn’t compete for attention.
You really can’t go wrong with grays, tans, or solid-color furnishings that match a tone pulled from your rug. You can also often find abstract art that mirrors your rug’s pattern to bring additional visual interest to your room’s walls.
Once the big things like color scheme are decided, the rest of your design can take shape surprisingly quickly.
Get started finding a statement rug for your space
Now that you know how to effectively use a rug as a statement piece in your corporate or hospitality design, it’s time to find the perfect one.
Endless Knot has a wide selection of on-demand rugs that are ready to ship — and we can also craft a completely custom hand-knotted natural fiber wool or silk rug to match your exact design specifications. Get in touch with us today!