It may be walked all over, it may be used to cover up a less-than-perfect hardwood floor, or it might be just another beautiful accent to your existing decor, but no matter if it’s for function or fashion, the right rug can make or break a room! In many cases, the rug makes a room feel complete. That being said, don’t sweep these important tips and tricks to picking out just the right one under the rug.

One or Many? 

Less isn’t always more… and there is no rule saying that you need to limit yourself to just one rug in a room. Often times a larger, open-concept, sprawling space welcomes several rugs nicely. While a smaller, enclosed space will be better suited for just one. Either option can be fun to work with! 

Patterns or Solids? 

When deciding on what your rug looks like, the options are endless. Of course, you will want the rug to fit the design and aesthetic of the room. A neutral or monotone palette can handle a funky, bold-colored rug either in a pattern or solid, while a room with a print that is the focal point elsewhere might beg for something solid for balance. Patterns that are complementary can be mixed and matched in decor and rugs as well. Boldly patterned rugs can serve as the defining feature and be quite impactful if used in the right way. Choose according to your personal tastes and preferences, keeping in mind other aspects of the room that may be competing as or begging to be the focal point. 

Synthetic or Natural? 

In addition to coming in all shapes and sizes, rugs also come in many materials! From plant-based fibers like cotton, linen, and jute, to natural fibers like wool, silk, and mohair. Not to be left out is also the world of synthetic materials like nylon and acrylic. Each offers a different look and feel, variation in cost, and may require different cleaning methods. Read more about which rugs make a good option for homes with pets and children HERE. Plant-based fibers are typically more affordable and also offer an easy, laid-back look, they also may not be able to handle as much wear and tear as synthetic fibers. Do your research on what cleaning is required prior to choosing a material for your rug and take the time to assess what your needs are in the room you are working within. 

What Size? 

It’s ok if you weren’t a whiz in Geometry class, shopping for a rug doesn’t have to be rocket science. But selecting the proper size rug is important! Things to factor in are: placement of furniture, doorways, fireplaces and hearths, and areas of the floor you wish to cover. After taking these details into account, consider circulation around the seating areas. Here are some pointers to make it easier: 

  • Choose a size that either completely covers the area to be walked on or leaves the floor exposed. 
  • Decide how far beyond the furniture the rug should extend; a good rule of thumb is to make sure the rug reaches underneath all four feet of the furniture. 
  • If you do not want a rug that goes underneath all four feet of the furniture, try a smaller rug that runs just under the front feet of the sofas and chairs and stops there. Just make sure that tables, floor lamps, and end tables are completely on or off the rug. There is nothing worse than setting down your mug of coffee onto a side table only to have it be tilted and unsteady due an uneven surface. 
  • Avoid small rugs that float in the middle of the room without furniture to anchor them. 

Once you have thought through these factors, get out your measuring tape and get shopping! If you’re still unsure of just the right rugs for your space, we would love to work with you. Check out this small patterned rug below which complements a larger one, and several tastefully placed accent rugs. If you need more design inspiration, check out our Houzz profile HERE.