How to Choose the Perfect Rug

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Regardless of a room’s style or furniture, there is one thing that can make or break the décor in any room: the rug.  The right rug will add flair and comfort; the wrong rug can ruin the ambiance.  Whether you are starting with an empty room or trying to complement your existing furniture, this guide will help you choose the perfect rug for your living space.

Start with Size

Although many area rugs come in a variety of sizes, the size of the rug you are looking for will be an important factor when making other decisions such as: color, pattern, and texture.  A rug with a lot of color and detail is a much bigger commitment in a larger size rather than in a small accent rug.

Size for Bedroom Rugs

In order to make your bedroom look and feel much bigger, you will want to place your rug only at the foot portion of the bed.  This deceives the eye into seeing a larger space.  Using a Queen-sized bed as an example, you would want to look for a rug that is around 5 x 8 and no larger than 6 x 9. 

Size for Living Spaces

Living room rugs tend to be either a smaller centerpiece to the room or a large rug that covers most of the flooring. 

If you have a lot of furniture to work around, or if your floors are simply beautiful (and you want to show them off), choose a smaller rug.  A large, patterned rug combined with a lot of space-dominating furniture can look too busy or cluttered. Typically, the best location for smaller rugs is under a coffee table or other table in your room. 

Larger living area rugs tend to be a good choice when you want the rug to take over the flooring area.  You can use a large rug to cover floors that you want to hide.  A large rug is also a good choice if you want a carpeted texture for your living room area.  If your furniture and décor are very simple, this may be the best choice for you.  Size large area rugs to cover the floor so that they are only a few inches from the wall.  Don’t just square off the area where your sofas are located.

Larger living area rugs tend to be a good choice when you want the rug to take over the flooring area.  You can use a large rug to cover floors that you want to hide.  A large rug is also a good choice if you want a carpeted texture for your living room area.  If your furniture and décor are very simple, this may be the best choice for you.  Size large area rugs to cover the floor so that they are only a few inches from the wall.  Don’t just square off the area where your sofas are located.

If your furnishings are primarily a solid color, try a patterned rug.

If your furnishings are upholstered or patterned, stick to a more basic, solid-colored rug. 

Match your pattern with your style.  Is your room and furniture a more bohemian style?  Try this type of look:

Are you looking for a more Victorian-era feel?  As long as you are careful not to over-clutter the room, this might be the type of style you want. 

Your décor should match the undertones in your rug, not the most dominant color.  So, if your rug is primarily a certain color, do not choose furnishings that match the dominant rug color.  Try to keep your accents to the rug undertones rather than an overdose of the same color. 

Choosing a Texture

Choosing a texture for your rug is primarily a personal decision.  Your choice will depend on how you want your rug to look and, especially, feel.  There are some things to keep in mind, however.  If you have pets, you might want to stay away from certain textures or densities.  Keep in mind that pet hair will get caught in anything it can!  You don’t want spend hours a week cleaning your rug. 

Texture can also add more dimension to a space, so be careful not to mix too many textures in one room, or it can look cluttered.

If you keep these basic guidelines in mind, you will be able to choose the perfect rug for your style and living space! 

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