How to Choose the Right Rug

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How To Choose The Right Rug

Adding a great rug takes the chill off a hardwood or tile floor and ties in all the elements of your décor, making the space more welcoming. Here’s how to choose the perfect rug for your space.

Location and Size

The color of your new rug should be a main consideration. However, the size is also important. A smaller rug placed in front of your large, plush sofa is going to look skimpy and a wall-to-wall area rug in a minimalist arrangement is far too generous.

Your choice should be based on a balance of where the rug is going to be placed and what you love. The right size can, of course, differ with each room in your house.

Patterns and Colors

A rug is a great way to introduce texture and color in a bland room or even serve as a springboard for the rest of your room’s décor. You need to make sure that the rug works with all the other elements in the room, so consider these points:

  • Rugs are often considered an accessory that comes last when decorating. But it can work the other way round. If there is a stunning rug you fall in love with, let that be the starting point to creating a room’s character. The patterns and colors can be a great starting point for choosing primitive curtains, quilted throws and cushions.
  • When you already have a fully decorated room that you’re trying to fit a new rug into, ensure the patterns on the upholstery and walls don’t compete or clash with the rug. A busy wall pattern ought to be balanced with a subtler rug design.
  • In larger rooms or those with open floor plans, you can use different rugs to create specific sections, just to be sure to choose colors that match to pull a cohesive look together.
  • The idea of the lighter the colors, the bigger the space will look works well for rugs. If you have limited space, pick lighter colored rugs to make it look larger.
  • A rug with a stunning central pattern, is ideal if you want to create a focal point in the room. If you already have a focal point, such as a fireplace or piece of art, a rug with a more repetitive pattern or none at all will work nicely.
  • When it comes to dining rooms, stay away from rugs with rather elaborate central patterns. These can become obscured by your tables and chairs, or there may just be too much going on under your table. Rather choose a rug that is plain in the middle with decorative elements along the borders.
  • Consider how much foot traffic the rug’s going to get. In busier areas, lighter rugs are going to catch dirt and every single stain will show. A practical option in this case is darker colors and detailed patterns.

Different Fabrics

Different fabrics will create different personalities and feels. While some people prefer natural fibers and others synthetic varieties, it’s more about which will suit your needs and space best. Factors like ease of cleaning and foot traffic need to be considered.

Rugs in dining rooms and hallways will handle spilled drinks and muddy shoes, but living rooms and bedrooms will cope with something a little less resistant.

Take a look at our vast range of rugs and pick the perfect ones for your room. 

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  • Jacki Alcorn
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  • Mary Lou Matteo
    Mary Lou Matteo

    I love red. I have the ninepatch star quilt and shams in my bedroom. Its perfect since I have a cottage bedroom set in yellow. I have the Tacoma quilt set in the spare bedroom which is great with the oak bedroom set. I have a primitive shower curtain in red plaid in the guest bathroom. Everything I’ve ordered is really great and the colors are fabulous.

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