How to use round rugs in your home

We revisit round rugs and discuss the different ways to use them in your property, including in dining rooms and by a bay window

Round rug living room reading corner

Historically, rugs had to be square, but we’re no longer bound by such dimensions. Thankfully, thanks to manufacturers like The Rug Seller, rugs now come in a whole host of shapes. Circular rugs are items that many find attractive but aren’t sure how to place in the home. Well fear no longer, the time has come to work through the best ways to utilise our circle-shaped friends.

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Square rugs can roughly match the shape of your room, depending on the pattern and texture used. This means they can blend in as a subtle accent to the general style of the room, but round rugs were born to stand out. Comparatively, they provide a contrast to the lines and angles of walls, windows and furniture. This means they should be used to give a softer look to rooms that seem cold and angular. As long as you use the correct size, round rugs fit into square spaces happily.

Round rug in light and airy square room
Twilight Circular rug from Nourison

Alternatively, if you have a big beautiful bay window or especially shapely architecture, a round rug will accentuate the curves. Clearly, they work well with both extremes of room shape; either to offset or to enhance what’s already there.

Round rug enhancing bay window architecture
Folia round rug from Wedgewood

Apart from using the shape of a room to decide on a rug, you can focus on particular areas of the room that you would like to highlight. For example, to create more distinct room zones, a round rug under a table will help to define your dining area. Especially aesthetically pleasing is mirroring the shape of a round table with a larger round rug. Just make sure that it’s big enough to accommodate all of the chairs even after they’ve been pulled out.

Dining room round rug
Lotus flower circular rug from The Rug Seller

Our favourite tip is that, for larger areas, a round rug is perfect for defining a cosy reading corner. So next time you’re browsing rugs online and your eye skips instinctively over the circular species, maybe go back and have a think about it.