How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug

 

A dining room with a patterned area rug under the dining table and chairs.

THE RIGHT AREA RUG CAN MAKE A ROOM FEEL COMPLETE

Whether used as a defining feature or a subtle background, an area rug can beautifully

complement and anchor the other features of your room. And with the right style and

placement, you’ll create the most cohesive look.

SIZE, SHAPE AND POSITIONING

In general, try to mimic the shape of your furnishings. For instance, a rectangular rug

would work well with sectional sofa seating.  On the other hand, a circular rug would

work better with a round dining table.  

For the best look, maintain a bare border between the rug and the wall, keeping these

tips in mind:

  • The living room:  Make sure the rug extends under all the surrounding furniture —
  • or at least the front legs of the major pieces.
  • The dining room:  The rug should be big enough so that even when the chairs are
  • pulled out, they fit comfortably on it.
  • The bedroom:  Frame your bed with the rug. It’s okay if it extends only under the
  • front legs of your nightstands.

 

A dining room with a textured area rug. 
In the dining room, your rug should be big enough so that even when the chairs are
pulled out, they fit comfortably on it.

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COLOR, PATTERN AND STYLE

If your furnishings have lots of colors and patterns, you might want a complementary

solid color. Or if you want to liven up your space, go for a rug with a more elaborate design. 

Keep in mind that low-pile rugs will stand up best in high-traffic areas, whereas plush

high-pile rugs might work better in a bedroom or reading nook.

USING MORE THAN ONE RUG

For wide open rooms, several area rugs can help define each space, such as a dining or

seating area. You could even create visual interest by layering one or more rugs on top

of another. Whatever arrangement you choose, always use rug pads to extend the life

of your rugs.

 

A hallway with a low-pile, colorful rug. 
To liven up your space, go for a rug with a pattern and bright colors.
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