Published on February 26, 2016

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Photography by @HOMEPOLISH

Sometimes you get more bang for your buck by placing a rug diagonally. This rug would be too small to provide the floor coverage it gives now if it were instead placed straight. This strategy is also great if you want your rug mostly on one side of your bed, but don’t want to visually cut your room in half. 

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Photography by Daniella Witte

Turning your rug even just a bit is an easy way to make a home feel lived in, not overly styled.

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Photography by ADMAGAZINE.FR

Embrace your oddly shaped room by arranging the furniture diagonal to your rug, creating a visually interesting space.

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Photography by @LONNYMAG

At first glance, you can’t even tell that these bold, striped rugs are placed diagonally in the room. But at second glance, you can tell the stripes are running in the opposite direction of the floor boards. 

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Photography by APARTMENTTHERAPY.COM

Layering one rug diagonally over another is a comfortable way to add more floor coverage and color to a room without giving up the traditional rug placement we’re all used to.

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Diagonal rugs also work wonders when you have to put your TV in an unideal location, forcing you to arrange your furniture at an odd angle. 

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Using diagonally placed rugs to cover corners—or the entirety—of your living room floor is a great alternative to custom carpeting. 

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Photography by KIMBERLY GENEVIEVE VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

Diagonal doesn’t have to mean a loss of symmetry. If you have enough space to set up your rug—and living space—at a diagonal, you can still set up your furniture within the rug to be symmetrical. 

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Photography by LAURA MOSS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

In this corner bedroom, we can’t even really tell what rugs and furniture are set at a diagonal, which is the point! Everything looks naturally placed and comfortable.

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Photography by PAIGE JONES FOR MOTHER MAG

This nursery is proof you really can lay your rug wherever you feel like it, and it will probably work.

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Photography by SIMON UPTON

Ditch traditional rug laying altogether and angle it however you please to provide maximum floor coverage—and minimal under the bed overlap.

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