Let’s talk about how to choose a rug!
How To Choose The Best Area Rug For Your Space
I often get asked what my best tips are for choosing the best area rug for your space.
I’m more than happy to discuss this topic here today.
An area rug can add so much interest and artistic value to almost any space.
Think color and pattern, even textures.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to give a room a fresh new look, an area rug is a fantastic way to start!
These are my top area rug styling tips to help you make the best decision for your own interiors.
My best area rug styling tips.
Know Your Style and Your home’s general overall aesthetic.
There are hundreds of colors and patterns available to complement any design aesthetic.
Area rugs are a fabulous way to convert your interior design preferences into a floor to ceiling cohesive look.
However, there are hundreds upon hundreds of area rug options, and it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t know (at least broadly) what style of area rug you’re looking for.
Your overall aesthetic might be clear. For example…
For the minimalist:
You might be looking for a simple rug without design or fuss.
Neutrals and single color options are probably your first choice.
If you love color and patterns:
There are dozens of options from florals to geometric patterns, stripes and so on.
A secondary color can easily complement a room’s main color if you’re looking for ways to pull together a room.
Incorporating throw pillows, art or even just some coffee table books that complement the area rug can create visual continuity within a room.
Think about the budget for your area rug.
Of course all of these rugs come priced for a variety of budgets.
When choosing the best area rug for your space, it’s important to consider your overall budget.
Different rug options are going to come at different price points.
Fortunately, chances are excellent that whatever your budget might be, you’ll be able to find an option that works for you.
Of course, the material the rug is made of will play an important role in the cost.
Let’s discuss some of the more common materials area rugs can come in.
Wool rugs are very durable and therefore are perfect for high traffic areas.
They’re versatile pieces which will often work in almost any space.
Wool rugs are also spill and moisture resistant.
A personal favorite, I think wool rugs typically look great and feel luxurious.
Although they might require professional cleaning from time to time, they will last your for years and years.
As a result, wool area rugs can often be more expensive.
These rugs are easily dyed and designed.
They are typically machine washable which makes them much easier to maintain.
Cotton area rugs are typically a more affordable and budget friendly option.
Synthetic fiber rugs:
These rugs can be a blend of a single fiber or a variety of options including nylon, viscose, rayon and acrylic.
These synthetic rugs can often give the look and feel of much more expensive options like silk or wool.
However, the lower cost here can come at a cost so to speak – as quite often these synthetic fiber rugs, while pretty, do not hold up to time and wear.
Think About the Size of the Room The Rug is for.
In many ways, considering the size of the room your rug will be in is the most important factor and should be the biggest take away for in choosing the best area rug for your space.
Often this is where a lot of people go wrong…including myself!
Before you start looking at rugs, it’s important to measure the space that the rug will be taking up.
You might want to lay down tape or some kind of outline to see how large your rug will look in the space.
I learned this the hard way, as I wish we’d used tape in our vacation home in Florida.
As you can see from the image below, the rug here is a bit too small for the room.
I’m cringing just looking at this, but this is a pretty common mistake.
One I won’t be making again!
For example, if you want a rug for your living room, as a general rule, your area rug should be a bit larger than the size of your living room seating area in order to ground the conversation space.
Typically area rugs are used to center the room, so it’s a good idea to map out what part of the room needs to be centered and where you want to draw attention.
Using painters tape on the floor to map out the right size is always a great idea.
A good rule to follow is to leave at least one foot of exposed bare floor between the area rug and the walls.
Of course kitchens and bathrooms have more flexible standards for area rugs, and of course, ultimately, it’s all up to your own preferences!
Consider which room the area rug is for.
While area rugs are a fantastic way to add style to any room in your home, you’ll want to consider what kind of function they need to have as well.
A high trafficked area in your home such as a kitchen or mud room might need a rug that is easily washable.
Above is our Ruggable washable runner in our kitchen.
Where as, you might opt of a more delicate but luxurious look in your dining room.
How to Style Your Area Rug
Styling your area rug can mean any number of things.
Whether you want a simple rug for your bedroom or a new focal point in your dining room, you’ll want to follow your own personal design aesthetic.
There are a few different options open to you if you want to combine multiple styles and/or shape and size.
Think outside the box for the area rug design.
A great way to incorporate multiple styles into your home is to purchase a rug in a different style than the rest of the room.
A vintage rug will nicely complement a more modern or minimalist interior design style and a pattern will add a pop of color to a neutral palette or monochromatic room.
Yes, you can layer rugs!
If you want to incorporate multiple colors and styles, layering is a great way to do that!
You can get multiple rugs and layer them on top of each other.
Try combining solid rug colors with patterned rugs, modern rugs with vintage, or multiple patterns if you’re feeling daring.
Many people also layer larger area rugs with smaller ones or even a small fur area rug over a larger natural fiber one.
Keep them in place.
If you want your rugs to stay in place, you’ll need to get rug pads to go under them.
These double sided sticky pads are my go-to favorite way to get a rug to stick in place.
This way they’ll always stay exactly where you want them to!
Our neutral, solid color area rug in our family room. More about the wall color, Calm.
Whatever your interior design aesthetic might be, area rugs are a fantastic way to incorporate your own style into every room of your home.
They can also be a fun way to experiment with impermanent design features.
Area rugs provide the perfect opportunity for a focal point in each room and can really pull a room together, giving it a warm and welcoming vibe.
Regardless of your personal preferences, you can use area rugs to completely change the look and feel of your home.
I hope you found these area rug styling tips helpful.
I’ve also gone ahead and rounded up some of my all time favorite area rugs, be sure to scroll through below.
AREA RUG FAVORITES:
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