How to Choose an Area Rug
One of the easiest ways to spruce up a room in your home and add a little color and style is to place an area rug in the room. This is an easy and often inexpensive option to maintain a trendy and stylish look in your home. Learn how to choose area rugs and which ones are the right ones for your room or home:
Living Room Rugs
To determine the correct size of the area rug for your living room you should measure the length and width of the seating area. The rug is going to lay within the center of the seating area after you place it so it needs to fit properly and stylishly.
The recommended layout is that all of the furniture legs from the furniture in your living room sit on the rug. This isn’t mandatory though. You can purchase a smaller rug if that is what you can afford and just place the front feet of the furniture on the rug or don’t put any furniture on the rug at all.
Another option is to place a small rug over a large rug for a layered look. You can even purchase multiple rugs for a room to clearly define seating areas and different sections of a larger or more open room in your home.
If the goal is for the area rug to cover the entire floor of a room be sure that the rug is no further than 2 ft. away from each wall.
Dining Room Rugs
If the rug is for your dining room you want it to extend at least 2 ft. beyond the sides of your dining room table.
Kitchen rugs and rug runners should be placed near the sink or in places you typically stand in your kitchen as well as traffic areas. The kitchen area rugs should be no further than 6 in. from the bottom of the cabinets in your kitchen.
For bedroom rugs, place them under the bed and ensure the rug extends at least 2 ft. beyond the sides and the foot of the bed.
This is one of the more common locations for area rugs in your home. You can make a statement with a beautiful rug at the entryway of your home. Be sure the rug is wider than the front door.
The patterns of your rug should complement the colors of each room as well as other patterns in the room. If you already have vibrant colors and patterns it might be wise to choose a more-subtle design for your rug. If the room is subtle already, choose a more modern or stylish rug.
Place low-pile rugs in high-traffic areas of your home. The low-pile can better withstand all of the traffic the rug will receive. You should also purchase a darker rug or a patterned rug to hide any dirt or wear associated with people walking on the rug.
Use high-pile rugs for more decorative locations.
The right area rug can transform a room in your home. We hope this information helps you choose the right area rug for your home!