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Different Types of Printed Area Rugs for your Home's Living Space

Printed area rugs can add a splash of color and life to any space, regardless of the style you’re looking to create in your individual rooms. These rugs aren’t limited too much by material, size, or the way in which they’re made, and printed rugs can come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and more. They’re usually used in more contemporary and modern spaces, but they may have their place in traditional and transitional rooms too. If you’re looking for a great way to pull your favorite type of pattern or design into all of the most important rooms of your home, a printed rug is definitely the way to go.

What are Printed Area Rugs?

Basically speaking, printed area rugs can be made out of just about anything and available in all sorts of different patterns, styles, and colors. The term printed rug simply refers to the way the design is transferred onto the material, and it doesn’t really have anything to do with how the rug is woven or what kind of material is used to create it. With that said, however, most printed rugs are not made of natural fibers like wool or sisal because the printing process can be very detrimental to these types of material. Custom printed rugs work best when made from polyester, polypropylene, and other synthetic, manmade materials.

Printed rugs are often made in place of hand dyed or even machine dyed rugs because the process by which they’re printed is cheaper than dyeing individual rugs. Printed rugs can be created by machine in a short amount of time without human intervention, and this can help keep these rugs much cheaper for the most part than their natural fiber and hand looped counterparts.

Best Sizes of Printed Area Rugs

Printed area rugs can be found in several different sizes to suit just about any need. If you really want to bring a lot of casual color and whimsy to a space, a tribal or Aztec print rug in a size over 10 feet in width can be an incredible way to decorate your living room floor. These rugs are usually very geometric in design, and they can be found in various multicolored patterns as well as in one or two colors to help you draw your room’s design together.

If you prefer something a little smaller, animal prints like an antelope or tiger print rug can be a fun addition to your room. Most animal prints can look a little overpowering in larger sizes, so try to stick to 4x6 or 6x8 when you work with animal prints. Throw rugs can be purchased in animal prints as small as 2x4 in size, and these can be nice accent pieces, especially in bedrooms with a tropical theme. You can even use these rugs in your kitchen if you so choose!

What Shapes of Printed Rugs are Available?

The most common shape of printed rug is the traditional rectangle. Many prints look best when used on a rectangular rug because it gives them plenty of area to spread out and showcase the full print as it should be. These rugs are most often bordered with a simple solid color to help draw the design together, but this isn’t always the case. A rectangle animal print rug without a border can look a little bit more casual than one with a border, although both of them are fairly contemporary and would work best in a modern to transitional room.

If you prefer to decorate with smaller print options, an animal print runner rug might be the best choice for you. These rugs have a lot of color and style packed into a small amount of space, and they can be a fun way to spice up your dining room with a little natural flavor. Be sure not to overdo it with many different prints if you’re planning to use several rug runners in the same room, however. Stick to neutral or warmer colors, especially if you want the rugs to look more natural.

What is the Best Room for Using Printed Rugs?

Depending on the type of print you want to use, these rugs can look great in a variety of different parts of your home. They’re generally very casual, however, so you might want to stay away from using them in a formal dining room or an elegant and refined parlor space. Other than these types of very traditional rooms, you can use printed rugs everywhere else! Try a floral printed rug in your living room for something very casual or modern and contemporary, or work with an abstract printed rug in your bedroom if you want a beautiful space with a lot of color.

Animal print rugs are especially fun in children’s rooms, although depending on the style of the print you might be able to use them in a jungle or tropical themed bedroom for an adult as well. Choose between leopard, zebra, cheetah, cow, or giraffe print rug options to help you get started, and don’t feel too limited by using only one type of animal print—especially if the space you’re creating is for a child! Stick to that jungle theme and bring a little bit of all of your child’s favorite animal friends to life right on the floor of his or her favorite room in the house.

Your options are only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing the perfect printed rug for every part of your home. Remember that printed rugs are designed to be a little more contemporary in nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of them in a traditional space instead. If you prefer to tread the line between traditional and contemporary styles, you can always choose a printed rug with a floral pattern and be sure to select one in muted tones or even neutrals to help you tie the modern style into more traditional design elements. This can be a great way to make a transitional space surrounding your beautiful new printed rug.

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