Space Placement of Area Rugs and Stair Tread Covers

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General Principles: Space Placement Of Stair Tread Covers, And Area Rugs

The area rugs and carpeted stair tread covers you choose to place in your house are bound to leave a profound impression on everyone who visits your lovely home. When it comes to placement of carpeted items, whether they be area rugs or carpet stair tread covers, there are some important principles to remember.

Pay attention to the general principles when it comes to the carpeted carpet coverings in your home, and make sure to make the decor of your abode a refreshing experience for all who visit.

Before we dive deeper into this topic, let’s define some basic terms.

Area Rug: In simple terms, an area rug is a carpet that does not extend wall to wall, and primarily functions to visually anchor a room’s furniture in place.

Stair Tread: The horizontal portion of the stair step upon which a person can walk.

Stair Tread Cover: Horizontal individual piece placed on top of the stair tread. This piece is not part of wall to wall cover, nor is it part of a runner that goes from the top to the stairs to the bottom. Stair tread covers can be of different types, but today we will focus on carpet stair tread covers.

Focal Point: A simple definition of focal point is that it is the “thing” your eyes naturally land on when entering a room.

Where to place and how much space to leave when area rugs and stair tread covers is an important issue when it comes to your home decor. This is because the area rug in your room, or the stair tread covers on your staircase are the natural focal point.

Utilize these natural focal points to the fullest, by following the provided principles of space placement. For simplicity, these tips are divided into three broad categories.

Center placement to create open space

A properly shaped, and properly placed carpet covering right in the center of the area, serves to give an impression of open space. Leaving space at the ends of the carpet covering is a great way to enhance the already solid focal point. This will help get rid of that claustrophobic, cramped feeling in the room or on the staircase.

For example, relative to the size of your entryway, a smaller rectangular rug placed in the center will project the illusion of a larger and spacious entryway. The concept can be applied to enhance the look and feel of your staircase, with center stair tread cover placement.

Most standard stair tread covers, and area rugs are rectangular shapes, due to most rooms and steps being square or rectangular. If the area you want to decorate is of a different shape, find the carpet covering of the same shape.

Set the line of demarcation via placement

Since carpet coverings are a great focal point, use them to set the clear line of demarcation between different functional parts of the area. This concept unconsciously lets the brain know that areas are separated and used for a specific function.

For example, an area rug under the dining room table should not go out further than the guest can reasonably pull out the chair when dining. This will naturally signal to the guests to treat this area as a place for eating, separate from the rest of the room.

The same concept is applied with stair tread covers, signaling that these are the areas where the foot traffic needs to take place.

Achieve a unifying look via placement

A unifying, harmonic sense of space can be achieved by weaving the natural focal points of the carpet coverings. Allow the guests walking on your staircase or entering your home, to view the carpet coverings as a forerunner for the style that awaits them in the next room.

For example, stair treads with muted colored patterns can visually foreshadow the room with muted colored walls and decorations.

Michael is a physical fitness trainer from LA. Apart from spending time training his high profile clients, he loves to hike and spend time with his 2 children. You can often find him whipping up a creative recipe for his kids every now and then.
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