How to Choose the Perfect Rug
Consider Your Space

1. CONSIDER YOUR SPACE

LIVING ROOM

Consider Your Space

Be sure the rug is large
enough so that at least the
two front legs of the couch
and any armchairs can
rest on top, but small
enough so that all of the
borders are at least 12
inches from the walls
of the room.

An area rug helps define the space not to mention the style of the living room.

Consider Your Space

DINING ROOM

An ideal dining room rug can pull together the room while being durable
and easy to care for.

Consider Your Space

 

Choose a rug that is at least
two feet longer and wider
than the size of the dining
room table to allow for a
comfortable fit underneath
the chairs. Avoid high-pile
rugs, choosing instead a
flatweave or a natural fiber
sisal rug, so that it’s easy for
chairs to slide in and out and
simpler to spot clean.

 

Consider Your Space

BEDROOM

The rug should extend at least 12 to 18 inches around the lower two thirds of
the bed so that you can feel it underfoot when you step out of bed.

Consider Your Space

 

Bedroom rugs don’t tend
to be in high traffic areas,
so choose a soft and
luxurious material to add a
feeling of warmth and
comfort to the entire room.
You could also try two
smaller area rugs or
runners to get the same
effect with a more
contemporary feel.

 

 

Select a Design

Interesting juxtapositions are often
the foundation of good design, a
principle that holds true for rugs as
well. Choose a rug that offers a
clear contrast with other furniture
in the room. For example, a couch
with solid upholstery could sit atop a
vibrant ikat rug while a room filled
with lighter colors should be
grounded by rugs in darker hues.

 

 

 

2. SELECT A DESIGN

Select a Design

Texture is also important to consider
when selecting a rug. A low-traffic
area, such as a bedroom, is the
perfect opportunity for high-pile rugs
with lush textures
.

Select a Design

 

Higher traffic areas, like hallways,
living rooms or dining rooms, call for
low-pile silk or wool rugs, or rugs
made with natural fibers such as
jute. A rug with an overdyed or
distressed design will age
particularly well in a busy area and
only pick up more character
as time passes.

 

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Before making a decision, order rug swatches to feel out both color and
texture, and see how each one plays with other elements in the room.

3. LAYER FOR STYLE

Layer for Style

For a look that’s both stylish
and versatile, layer two rugs
on top of one another.

 

 

 

This works especially well in living
rooms, where rugs can be used to
define the space and add an
important design element. To get the
look, begin with a neutral base layer
that’s large enough to anchor the
space – a rug made with natural
fibers such as sisal or abaca is often
a top choice.

 

Then, add a smaller statement rug
on top that’s low pile and provides a
juxtaposition in either color or
texture – a hide rug, with its natural
shape and striking texture, works
especially well.

 

 

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