How to Use Cowhide Rugs to Decorate Your Home

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Using a cowhide rug as part of your home décor can seem simple, but it is also easy to place the rugs in an inappropriate location or setting. The key to enjoying the beauty of the rug without making it look out of place is focusing on the total design of the home before putting the rug in any location.

Selecting the Right Colors

Although cowhide rugs have limitation on the color choices, picking out the right combination of colors in the hide is essential to avoiding a mismatch that looking unappealing in a home.  Common colors that are found in a cowhide rug include:

• Black
• White
• Various shades of brown
• Gray

Since cow skin is naturally a neutral color, most of the rugs will match several décor styles. For example, a white and black rug will suit a room that has rugged style features as well as modern color schemes. Shades of brown and gray will not necessarily match every style, so it is best to pick out the rug based on the colors that match, contrast or look best with the colors that are already in the room.

Placing the Rug on the Floor

The most common place for the rug after picking out the right color and pattern is the floor. Since cowhide rugs are hypo-allergenic and versatile, it is appropriate to place the rug on the floor. Unlike other materials that are used on rugs, cow skin is easy to clean and will not get worn down quickly.

Place the rug in the living room so that no furniture is placed over it or put it to the side of a bed rather than placing it under a coffee table. The best placement is a location that shows the entire rug.

If the rug is placed under furniture, then leave most of the rug uncovered and place only one side of the chair, table or other piece of furniture on the rug. The furniture can hold it in place without hiding it from view.

Placing Rugs in Front of a Fireplace

The classic location for an animal skin rug is in front of the fireplace. It is a great classic feature to put a cowhide rug in front of the fireplace and away from the furniture. It invites guests and family members to enjoy sitting directly in front of the fireplace without sitting in a chair. The feel of the rug when it is placed in front of the fireplace is one of welcome and home.

Cowhide rugs are a great addition to any home decorating style because it is versatile and neutral. The simple colors and shape allow individuals to place the rug in most rooms without clashing or ruining other design features.

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