Hi my lovely readers, the blog post on How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home mainly discussed the living & entertaining areas. As you know, there are a lot of details in creating a functional and comfortable home. But we can not forget the MOST IMPORTANT room … we are going to dig into how to make your apartment master bedroom & guest rooms feel inviting, layered (which I will go into more detail later) and most of all feel like home. Just becauase this isn’t your forever home doesn’t mean it shouldn’t feel like a place to dwell in.
You can have the most perfect day, your outfit is rocking and you feel on top of the world – AND you will still want the sense of tranquility when you walk into your bedroom. Now think about when you have a lousy day and all you want is your bed…I know I’m not the only one. Regardless of how you feel emotionally and it’s a toss up if you are capable of “adulting” that day – your bedroom needs to feel like your safe haven. So here we go!!
Becuase there is so much to say and I could go on and on about each layer in the bedroom – I’m not kidding either – we are breaking it down for you and what better place to start than the area rug.
THE RUG: This all depends on the type of flooring you have and the size of your room. If you have hardwood or tile floors it’s a given that you need a rug under the bed. Having hardwood flooring in your apartment is a steal! But now you need to find a cozy rug to go on top of it to help cozy the room up. The Master bedroom in this apartment shows how much of an impact a rug can make. (I will demonstrate where the rug should sit under your bed as well)
If you have carpet on the other hand it could go either way. There are different carpet pile heights and they vary from:
- less than 1/4″ (low)
- 1/4″ to 1/2″ (medium)
- 1/2″ to 3/4″ (plush)
- Shag rugs can have an even higher pile height and we do not recommend a rug with this type of carpet.
If you have anywhere between 1/4″ – 1/2″ carpet pile height then you are more than encouraged to add that second layer with your rug. Keep in mind that if the room is tight on square footage it might make the room feel smaller.
Below is an example of a condo we designed at The Bowie in Austin, TX. they had less than 1/4″carpet pile height and unfortunately while being a renter you have zero control on the flooring selections – BUT we added a rug to finish the space off nicely and helped define the room. Notice in the first bedroom image above there is not a rug layered under the bed. That room already had an average 1/2″ to 3/4″ carpet pile height and we did not feel the need to add a large area rug – BUT we did use a small flokati in front of the accent chair to create a cozy seating area. The color of the flokati is similar to the carpet keeping the room clean and inviting.
Now that you know which flooring looks fabulous with an area rug – You might be asking yourself, what size should I purchase? NO WORRIES!! I am going to share a few diagrams that will help you determine what size rug to properly lays under the bed and nightstands.
Remember when I mentioned your room being layered well the rug is the first step . This will make a HUGE difference on how your room feels and making it feel like home. Stay tuned for next time when we chat about how to make your bed: the designer-y way, but without all the fuss! If you need help with any rug selections or not sure what pattern or color to purchase give us a call and we’d love to help you!