Are you looking to revamp your home? Is there something missing from your living area but you can’t put your finger on what it is? Don’t look too far, the answer could be hiding right under your toes. I always thought a rug would be the finishing touch to a room, but they offer a lot more than you might think. There are a few things to consider when choosing an area rug: decor, size, and how you’ll use it.
Dark colors/ Bold Designs/ Patterns/ Geometric Prints:
These draw the eyes to the floor, making the room with high ceilings feel smaller and more intimate.
Light colors/ Minimal Designs/ Patterns:
Makes a room feel more open and spacious.
Within a long, narrow room, horizontal stripes create a feeling of more width.
Along a small hallway, vertical stripes make the area seem longer.
Before purchasing an area rug, consider the space where you want to place the rug, as well as the rug’s intended use.
Family Rooms/ Hallways/ Stairs/ High-traffic Living Areas:
Durable, stain resistant and stain-hiding ability
Formal Living/ Dining Room/ Guest Rooms/ Low-traffic Living Areas:
Style and design
Sizing a Rug
Choosing the correct rug size is essential to filling a space, and helps the rug look the best within a particular living area.
Living Room 1:
Place the rug in front of the sofa. We recommend a rug that is 3’X5′ to 6’X9′, or approximately the length of the sofa. If possible, leave a sliver of exposed floor between the rug and sofa to accent the furniture. When the rug is under a coffee table, make sure the rug is large enough to rest underneath all four legs of the table.
Living Room 2:
Tuck the rug under the front legs of the sofa. The back legs of the sofa can be situated on or off the rug, depending on personal preference. We recommend a rug that is 8’X10′ or larger. The rule of thumb is to leave 18” to 24” between the wall and rug.
Living Room 3:
Select a room-sized rug that allows the furniture to ‘float‘ in the center. We recommend a rug that is 10’X13’ or larger. Leave 12″-18″ of exposed floor to create a border around the rug- equal on all four sides, if possible.
Select a room-sized rug that allows enough room for all chair legs to remain on the rug when pulled away from the table.
Place a large rug under two legs of the bed, making sure that the floor is visible all around the bed. The rug should extend at least 24″ in length and width from the edges of the bed.
There it is, clear as mud. If there are any other questions when it comes time to pick a rug, ask one of our interior designers! We are always happy to help find the perfect fit for your home.