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6 Rugs That Will Make Your Space Look Larger

Sometimes, creating your dream space can come with a few challenges. The size of your room, for example, can often be what decides whether that sofa on your wishlist is a yay or nay. Small rooms are especially tricky to design because of the lack of space, but with a few simple tricks, you can easily fool the eye and make a small room look more spacious than it actually is.

As a rule, a lighter palette and plenty of natural light are the best ways to create the illusion of a bigger, wider space—but so does adding the right furniture, rug, and décor.

Easy Tips to Remember When Decorating a Small Room

  • Choose multifunctional furniture. “Pick things that do double duty and that fill the area they are in completely. Don’t park a loveseat where you have room for a couch,” says remodeling specialist Cristina Miguelez.

  • Keep the clutter away. “The more clutter, the smaller the space appears.”

  • Think about scale. “You don’t want furniture that’s so big that it gets too close to the wall, but not so small that it just seems to float randomly in the middle of the room,” says designer Sarah Cousins.

  • Reflect your space. “Always add a good-sized mirror. It reflects the room back, making it feel larger!”

  • Add some height. “If you’re going to do drapes, hang them higher than the window. This way, when you walk in, your eyes follow the drapes to the ceiling instead of getting stuck at the top of the window.”

  • Choose the right rug. Don’t break up the flooring in small spaces as this only emphasizes the size, says Cristina. “Go big and go for all-over patterns.”

The Best Rugs for Smaller Spaces

While rugs may serve a utilitarian purpose, they are also a key design element that can make or break the theme or aesthetic you are trying to achieve in your space. A common mistake when it comes to picking out a rug for small spaces is choosing one that is too tiny and appears to float randomly in the room. “You want all of the furniture in the room to at least be able to touch it somehow. I like to think about the rug as a life raft, and all of the furniture needs at least one arm on the raft,” explains Sarah.

Here are some tips to consider if you’re looking for the right rug that will make your space look bigger.

1. Choose a light-colored rug to open up your space.

“Stick to light, cool tones as much as possible, as these will trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is,” recommends Cristina.

Try: Hendesi Heriz Cream

Cozy living room with a white rug and dog and girl

Old World charm meets contemporary versatility in this bordered rug that features a central geometric medallion. Its neutral palette of cream and taupe on natural linen background is easy on the eyes and just what you need to add dimension without overwhelming your space.

2. Create an illusion with lines and stripes.

“Striped rugs also work if the stripes are perpendicular to the long walls of the room, visually widening it,” Cristina suggests.

Try: Thalia Black Rug

brown sofa with large sherpa blanket and cross-hatch rug

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The hand-drawn hatchwork pattern and modern grey on cream palette lend a contemporary touch to this vintage Turkish kilim-style rug, adding an exciting design element that fills your room without visually cluttering your space.

3. Opt for a rug that adds texture without overwhelming your space.

When designing for a small space, you’ll want to add texture without overwhelming or cluttering your room. The best way to do it? By adding a light shag rug that instantly adds depth and sophistication.

Try: Polar White Shag Rug

pink couch with brass coffee table and white fluffy rug

Made with 100 percent faux fur, this shag rug is all it takes to ensure your space exudes warmth and elegance. With its pristine white color and long and luxurious fibers, it perfectly reflects your sophisticated taste and creates a focal point in your room without constraining your space.

4. Open up your space with a cool-toned rug.

“Stick to light, cool tones as much as possible, as these will trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is,” suggests Sarah.

Try: Vintage Daisy Bordered Blue

large sectional with blue rug and wall art

Give your space a classic yet laidback touch with this vintage-inspired bordered rug in a cool slate blue, grey, and azul palette. It is the perfect floor décor if you’re looking to add a timeless or boho-chic vibe to any space in your home.

5. Go for a rug with an all-over pattern

“With a small space, I suggest going with a rug with a very large-scaled, neutral pattern. This way, you have some texture and visual interest, but it’s not so busy that you can’t look away.”

Try: Marrakesh Beige Ivory

dog laying on a large white rug in white living room

With its fresh take on an Old World design, this rug features a minimalist, abstract pattern in a luxe palette of ivory, pearl, golden beige, java, and ash browns. This versatile rug blends seamlessly into any space—whether you’re going for a modern, Scandinavian, or contemporary aesthetic.

6. Choose a solid or monochromatic rug that is easy on the eyes.

Keeping a small room clutter-free is key, and that includes the type of pattern you choose for your floor décor. If you’re unsure what works best for your space, you can never go wrong with a solid or monochromatic rug in a light, neutral hue.

Try: Crosshatch Light Grey

leather couch with wall art and black coffee table

This rug adds an elegantly neutral touch to your space while keeping things interesting with its hand-drawn lines of ivory, mascarpone white, and light cream that instantly adds texture to your space.

If you want to test different rugs in your living space, the DecorMatters app allows you to visualize hundreds of rugs, including these select Ruggable rugs, in your home before purchasing.

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About the Author Ruggable Editors

Ruggable Editors are an A-list team of rug experts and home decor enthusiasts from Ruggable, maker of the two-piece washable rug system.

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