Area rugs can be a little scary to buy. You are always told to build your room around the rug, but what if you make the wrong choice? Choose the wrong size? Buy a color you end up not liking? Yikes! On top of all of those things, they are expensive, so you want to make sure you get it right when you finally make the big purchase. I am on the hunt for a few new rugs for my home and thought I’d share a couple of tips for buying a great rug in case you are looking too. The right rug perfects a space, while the wrong one can make the whole room feel awkward and unfinished. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a rug for your space. image via : Lina Ostling
Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. 😉 What color is your room? What color do you want to accessorize with? If you know that you’re going to have a lot going on with color and pattern in you room, then you might want to anchor your space with a single color or neutral patterned rug. If you are picking your rug first, then you have more options to go with colors and patterns. You can choose furniture and accessories to match after you have selected your rug. Be sure to be mindful of things you can’t change in your space (flooring and other fixed items) when choosing your rug tones a well. While rugs can be expensive, they are also a fun place to be a bit adventurous. They aren’t permanent and can be swapped out over time, so they are a fun place to experiment with bold patterns and colors. The right rug can really take your space from regular to spectacular!
Just by nature of the fabric they’re made of, a rug adds a ton of texture to a space. Rooms that combine a great mix of textures feel much more finished and cozy. There is so much more out there than a shag rug these days. Is a long, fluffy pile right for your room? Will something smooth, flat and organic like a sisal rug complete your space? Let the other finishes in your room help you. Look for something that contrasts with other existing pieces to bring in a more “designer” look. Remember too, that the rug needs to be practical. If you have little kids with muddy feet running around the house, you many not want something that is super fluffy.
A rug should fit the size of your seating area and be as big as possible for the space. The best way to do this is to measure your seating area and buy rug that is the closest size UP from that…so, for example, if your seating area measures 7X9, buy an 8×10 rug. If at all possible, you want the legs of your couch and chairs ON the rug. The rug unifies the seating area and makes it one cohesive space. When you buy a rug that is too small for your room, it can make it feel choppy and unfinished. There is an exception to his rule though. If you have a smaller room, and a couch that is up against a wall, you can have a floating rug in the center of the room. This allows you to buy a smaller, less expensive rug since most of it will be hidden under furniture anyways. If you’re buying a rug for a dining space, just make sure it is big enough that when people push their chairs away from the table, the chair legs are still on the rug. SO, I guess the best way to simplify this is that legs on the rug are best…whether they are dining chairs or sofa legs. Does that help? 😉
If you’re in the market for a new rug, here are a few great ones that are on the market right now, all a great deal! Click on the number beneath the image that correlates with the image you like for more information about size and pricing on rug sizes.
I hope these tips make purchasing a new rug easier for you! Happy designing!