How to Decorate with a Shag Rug

How to Decorate with a Shag Rug

Shag rugs are often associated with the 1960s due to their prominent use in home decor during that time. These rugs are now making a comeback and are being used in a more contemporary fashion that works with multiple home styles. Made with a pile that is longer than one inch, shag rugs are incredibly soft and add visual depth to your home. Whether it's made from wool, cotton, or leather, you can use a shag rug to make a welcoming statement in your home.

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Shag rugs are often associated with the 1960s due to their prominent use in home decor during that time. These rugs are now making a comeback and are being used in a more contemporary fashion that works with multiple home styles. Made with a pile that is longer than one inch, shag rugs are incredibly soft and add visual depth to your home. Whether it's made from wool, cotton, or leather, you can use a shag rug to make a welcoming statement in your home.

Grey and black shag area rug in a living room

In the Living Room

Simple, solid-colored shag rugs can infuse modern living rooms with luxurious texture. For a room that embodies modern style, pair a light-colored shag rug with a white leather sofa, clear acrylic coffee table, and plenty of chrome accents. If you prefer a more classic look, no problem. A shag rug brings a welcoming element of comfort and warmth to any living room.


Grey shag area rug in a bedroom

In the Bedroom

For homes with wood floors, a plush shag rug can be functional as well as fashionable. A simple-patterned shag rug adds polish to solid bedding, and stepping onto a soft, comfortable rug every morning is an added bonus. On the functional side of things, a plush, cotton shag rug can be placed under a solid-wood or wrought-iron bed frame to protect your floor from scratches.

For kids' bedrooms, a brightly colored shag rug can be a fun centerpiece that doubles as a comfortable play area. Or, place a smaller shag rug in the corner with some cushions and chairs to create a cozy reading nook your child will love.


Cream shag area rug in a living room

In the Den

Your den is where you go to relax and enjoy yourself. Nothing says "relax" better than a flokati rug. A flokati shag rug is a handmade rug crafted from wool. They can be dyed any color, which gives you plenty of options to choose from to match your surrounding decor. Create a cozy paradise with an ultra-soft, comfortable shag rug placed at the base of your fireplace. If you want a look that's a little edgier, try a leather shag rug. These kinds of rugs offer the same high-impact texture as a wool shag without the shedding.


Cream and grey tellis shag area rug

In the Hallway

Shag rugs aren't just for big rooms. They can add much-needed color and texture to the small spaces in your home, too. A runner in your hallway will really stand out with a retro shag rug look and can muffle the sounds of foot traffic. No matter where you decorate with shag rugs, they always add a piece of comfort and visual flair. For a more thorough exploration of all things shag, check out Everything You Should Know About Shag Rugs.



by Andrew Schneider Area Rug Specialist
NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Andrew loves the feeling of a plush shag rug between his toes. He also loves puppies, baby chicks, the vocal stylings of Simon & Garfunkel, and anything else that happens to be super soft.