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bubbly decorates // rugs + carpet

If you’re pretty new to Bubbly Design Co., you may not yet know that interior design and decorating is another one of my passion areas. While I can’t claim to be an expert, I’ll be covering some home styling topics, both inpsirationally and from my own home in Colorado.

This first decorating post is a bit of a marathoner, but hopefully you’ll enjoy, maybe get inspired or at least learn some fun tips!

There are a lot of debatable topics in interior decorating – like whether small spaces should be painted in dark colors or whether you can mix metal types or wood finishes. Although these topics can get quite heated, they bring out one thing I love most about decorating… there’s really no right answer.

There are plenty of guidelines and tip & tricks offered by experts across the web. But ultimately, the design and layout for your space should be the one that makes you happy; the one you think looks pretty, modern, fabulous, or achieves the style you’re going for in your home.

When I designed this Serene & Sophisticated bedroom, I planned it out using a rug from West Elm that appropriately captures the serene blues and neutral feeling I was going for.

Serene and sophisticated bedroom inspiration | bubblydesignco.

Knowing most bedrooms feature carpeting, I realized I was coming up against another decorating hot topic. Rugs over carpet? Could that even work? I’d never done it before, so didn’t fully trust my gut and instead set off in search of advice.

The two key arguments against rugs over carpeting are that it implies you’re covering something up {eek – stains!} or it will never lay flat. Are you in either of those camps or have you embraced this design choice in your home like these fabulous designers?

Bubbly Design Tip // rugs over carpet examplesvia // 1 // 2 // 3 //

Well, I say let’s go for it! Embrace the possibilities, but just keep a few things in mind:

TEXTURE: Rugs work best when placed over low pile carpeting. Low pile generally means there’s less than ½ inch of texture to the carpeting – it’s also usually tightly woven and wouldn’t show footprints as you walk on it. In essence, the less plush the carpet, the easier it will be to layer because there’s less space to press down and bunch up.

Similarly, the plusher the carpet, the thicker the rug should be. The rug needs to be textured or thick enough to hold its shape when you place a heavy piece of furniture on top of it.

Keep texture in mind when using a rug on top of a carpet // bubbly design tipvia 1 // 2 //

COLOR & PATTERN: You may love that fuchsia floral rug for your living room, but if your existing rug is lime green {gosh I hope not!}, it’s going to clash. On the flip side, a neutral carpet can surely handle a bolder rug with a geometric pattern. As a general rule, consider the tones and any variation in your carpeting before buying a rug. They should coordinate, but they don’t need to match!

Keep color + pattern in mind when layering rugs // bubbly design tipvia // 1 // 2 //

{Side note, I love that the images above are basically opposites of one another!}

SPACE: Rugs are the perfect way of grounding a space, but, it’s important to consider the size and layout of your room. Especially given the cost of rugs, you want to make sure you’ll have more than 5 inches peeking out from under your bed!

Also consider using smaller area rugs placed around your furniture. As an added bonus, if you don’t place furniture over them, you have more flexibility in the thickness and texture of the rug and it can still bring warmth and coziness to a room.

Consider the size of the room and other furniture when layering rugs // bubbly design tipvia // 1 // 2 //

Some of my favorite tips about using a rug under tables, beds, or sofas can be found here.

So who says you can’t throw that fabulous, textured area rug over your wall-to-wall carpet? In your bedroom, basement, or even an office, it can totally work! What do you think?

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