If you’re looking to transform your home into a warmer and more welcoming environment, then look no further. The single easiest way to amplify good vibes and even completely redo your existing floors is by adding a decorative rug -elevating your home to even cozier heights.
Selecting the right rug for any given room isn’t an easy task though. There are plenty of things to consider, from the size to the material it’s made of. Just about everything will impact the effect a rug has on the feel of a room, so you need to think carefully before making a decision.
To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide so you can choose the perfect rug for every room of your home.
We hate to break it to you, but size matters. The size of the room you’re thinking about adding a rug to matters just as much as does the size of the rug you’d like to incorporate.
Typically, the size of the room will impact what size rug you’ll need. The larger the room, the larger the rug, and vice versa. A single small rug will look like a strange rug-island if placed in a larger room, and a large rug in a small room will make the space feel cramped and stuffy.
The shape of the rug you decide to go with will almost always be determined by the shape of the room you wish to place it in. In most cases, it’s best to go with circular-shaped rugs in a circular room, or against a curved wall.
While it’s good to use this as a rule of thumb, it doesn’t always have to be the case. If you feel like a circular rug will fit perfectly into your space, then give it a try! A great way to see whether or not your idea will work is by getting some newspaper and covering up the space on the floor you wish to cover with a rug.
- Color, Pattern, and Style
The design of the rug you choose to go with is completely up to you! Rugs are a great way to introduce bold colors and patterns, like these designer rugs from Lawrence of La Brea. They’re also a nice way to keep things warm and natural. Your ultimate vision for your interior design will guide you!
- Material considerations
Rug material and room selection go hand in hand. You wouldn’t want to put a rug made from delicate materials in your bathroom or kitchen, just like you wouldn’t want a tough and scratchy feeling rug in your bedroom. Some commonly used materials include:
- Acrylic: Easy to clean, cheaper alternative to wool, durable
- Viscose: Delicate, often mixed with wool for a more luxurious look, not good for high-traffic areas
- Cotton: Often used in flat-weave rugs, not as durable as Jute or sisal, but softer than both
- Wool: Very soft, durable, used to make most high-end luxury rugs
- Jute & sisal: Natural and extremely durable materials great for high traffic areas in your home
- The Entrance
The entryway of your home is the first thing guests see when they enter, so if you’re looking to make a good first impression with a luxury rug, this area is the place to do it.
Since this is the place everyone who comes to visit will walk through, you’re going to want something more durable (not viscose). The entryway is a good place to play with shape. Use a rectangular runner to guide guests into your home, a half-circle to act as a doormat, or a full circle to add a touch of grandiose. As long as there are 1-2 feet of space between the edges of your rug and the walls, you’re good to go!
- Dining room & Living room
Dining rooms tend to be the most formal room in any house, from heirloom flatware and china sets to antique dining room tables. If luxury is what you had in mind, this is the best room to splurge a little bit for.
As always, the size of the room will determine the size of the rug you choose, but the shape of your dining room table will determine the shape of the rug you choose. A square rug fits a square table, a circular rug fits a circular table, and so on.
The main thing to keep in mind is size. You want the rug to be large enough so that every chair sits comfortably on the rug even after you pull it out to sit. An easy rule to follow is to make sure there are at least 24 inches of rug beyond the edges of the table on all sides.
When it comes to the living room, the same general rules apply. Leave 1-2 feet (at least) between the edges of your rug and the walls. It usually looks best if your furniture is centered around the rug and at least some part of the rug is touching your furniture.
The bedroom is a place for comfort and winding down, so make sure you get a rug to fit the bill. Try a large rug underneath your bed, with plenty of space around the sides for you to see, or try adding a runner on either side of your bed so you have something soft to put your feet on when you wake up in the mornings!
Finding the perfect rug for every room of your house doesn’t have to be complicated. If you follow the tips above, you’ll be enjoying beautiful rugs in your home in no time!
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