Picking the Right Size Rug For Your Space

Choosing an area rug that is welcoming for a bedroom, living room, or dining room is crucial. Rugs add warmth and comfort that frame the space. It is an extensive piece that can be costly, so you want to get it right the first time. Rooms are not complete without them. Knowing the fundamentals can help the process be less daunting. This is one of the common issues we see with clients. We are going to walk you through how to pick, size, and style the right rug for your home. 

Picking the Right Style 

This first step can be the most difficult to do. This can be for a number of reasons. Let’s start with the basics. The first thing is to pick a rug after all the base finishes are selected. That can be anything from the wall color to the flooring to the furniture. Ideally, you want to pick a material that will accommodate how you live. If there are children or pets, a linen rug is not it. Wool is a great choice because it is easy to clean and can withstand a lot of movement. Lastly, pick a rug that can stay "in style" throughout time. 

Understand Sizing

More often, we see clients have rugs that are too small for the space. The two most common rugs for large spaces in the house are 8’ x 10’ and 9’ x 12’. If you have a large enough area, then all of your furniture pieces can go on the rug. Keeping in mind that the furniture should be 8" from the edge to the edge of the rug. The other option is if there is limited space. Having only the front legs of the furniture on the rug. Letting the back legs hang off to take up space in the room. If you have a smaller rug, such as a 5’ x 8’ rug, and want to use it, you can! You can layer the smaller rug on top of the bigger rug. If you are struggling with sizing, then mapping it with painter's tape is the way to go. 

How to Style it 

Today, the most sought-out rugs would be those in neutral tones and geo patterns. Since COVID, people want to make their homes a calming atmosphere that is inviting. Achieving that is all about having balance in a space, and rugs can do that. In a quiet toned room, a subtle pattern or bright color can work together. The bigger the rug, the softer the color and patterns. You could go bolder in a hallway since there are fewer eye-catching objects. Adding different pillows, drapery, and art are ways to add color in an area with neutral toned rugs.