With the number of options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which style, patterns, or size works for you. Here are a few tips to choosing the right rug for your home. First, you must decide if the area rug itself is the focal point. Choosing the correct pattern can be daunting, otherwise. We recommend a striking pattern with a central focal point or theme in the rug if it is designed to draw attention. If it is not the central point of focus in the room, you should choose a more repetitive pattern without a central theme.
Second, consider the foot traffic. If the room experiences a high amount of traffic, a highly patterned rug versus a simpler design offers easier maintenance and care options. Third, consider the other patterns in the room on the walls, the upholstery, and the window treatments. Your rug must complement these patterns, not work against them. Fourth, think about the use of color. The general rule of thumb is that lighter colors create an illusion of space whereas darker colors tend to draw in the room and make it seem less spacious and cozier. That said, think about how the colors in your rug will interact with other colors in the room. It is advisable to ensure colors work well together in any space to create a harmonious effect.
Other pertinent factors include the rug’s texture and shape. Depending on the type of flooring underneath your rug, consider choosing a texture which will create interest and enhance the area. The rug’s shape can also impact the environment. Circular or Octagonal rugs rather than traditional rectangles can create an intriguing milieu.
If you are seeking a rug placed specifically underneath a dining room table, you will typically require an eight foot wide rug. Ensure that all pieces of furniture in the dining area remain within the rug’s area. A simple formula to determine the exact size you need is to measure the width and length of the table and add a minimum of four feet per measurement.
Coffee tables, on the other hand, can prove a bit tricky. It is vital that all the legs remain within the rug’s area for proper effect. Consider the width and length of the furnishings when choosing a rug. Keep in mind that if the rug serves as an accent piece, you may wish to allow a small amount of flooring space between the rug and furniture.
Finally, if you are choosing a rug to cover a room in its entirety, try leaving a small margin of flooring around the rug as a border or be sure borders are equivalent on parallel sides to maintain aesthetic integrity.