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

Traditionally, rugs were rectangular or square, but we’re no longer bound by such dimensions. However, while circular rugs are items that many find attractive, it can be unclear how to style them in the home.

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While square rugs blend in as a subtle accent to the general shape of the average room, 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 can 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 its curves. Basically, circular rugs can work well with any kind 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.

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

For example, to create more distinct room zones, a round rug under a table will help to define the dining area in an open-plan reception room. 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.

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And for larger areas, a round rug is perfect for defining a cosy reading corner. So next time you’re browsing rugs and your eye skips instinctively over the circular species, why not take the plunge?