how to use rugs to define spaces in a studio apartment

In the midst of house hunting, I realized that not only have I not given you guys a proper tour of the loft, but I also haven’t really shared a few of the difficulties that accompany decorating in a loft. I’m definitely planning to do a full house tour of the space before I move out, but today I wanted to share a some tips on how I selected rugs to define ‘zones’ when you live in one open space without walls. I’m no stranger to studio apartment living; in fact, I’ve never had a bedroom door as a renter. I didn’t really think that a loft would be much different, but somehow this one does! Perhaps it’s just that this is the biggest space in which I’ve ever lived… or maybe it’s the super-tall ceiling height. Whatever the reason, I felt a need to define spaces within the loft and rugs were a quick and easy way to do that.

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I started with my bedroom ‘zone’ because I like to have something soft to put my feet on in the morning. I’m probably breaking all kinds of interior decorating rules, but I specifically chose a smaller, 5×7 sized rug for this area because I wanted the living room rug to make more of an impact. I selected the Loloi Nyla rug in the beige/blue colorway for sooooo many reasons: I knew the neutral color palette would pair well with any other rug I chose and also would complement my bedding. Also, I love the construction of rug itself. The yarns include viscose which is an awesome silk alternative. It provides a lovely sheen to the rug that feels more high-end, but without the expense and delicacy of a totally silk rug.

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The ornate pattern of the Nyla rug is delicate and beautifully tonal. Depending on the angle and light in the loft, you will see the pattern more or less. I love that it evolves!

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Then for the living room ‘zone,’ I knew I wanted a LOT more impact. My sofa is pretty neutral and my gallery wall has shaped up to be mostly black and white, so I took these design cues and went for an 8×10 of the Loloi Anastasia rug in the granite colorway. In my mind, this rug is a new classic — even as I move into my new house, I already know that this showstopper will fit in perfectly!

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Again, I love the old world, ornate charm of this rug. The colors are dark and rich in some places, but light and neutral in others, thus providing a great balance within my space.

The rug also features a thin, black border, which I feel helps to create a living room zone separate from the rest of the loft. It’s a visual trick of the eye that really helps!

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Not gonna lie, guys… it will be bittersweet to move out of this space at the end of the month!

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For this post I received products to review from Loloi and Rugs Direct. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Photography by Meghan Klein