Adding a fantastic area rug does more than simply keeping the chill off of your floors, it is also a great way to tie in all of the parts of your décor to make the space seem to be more welcoming. In fact, this is one of the most efficient ways to finish the look of a space and accent your décor. That being said, don’t be fooled into thinking that all you need to know has to do with colors and patterns. If you want to successfully use area rugs as a decorating element, you will also need to know about the sizes of the rugs. Yes, you do have to fall in love with the rug…face it, this isn’t just a throw pillow that you can change out with the seasons. It is something that will last you for years.
You need to determine if you want a rug that is neutral and that will blend into a particular space or if you want it to make a statement that is rather dramatic and will be the focal point of the room. Should it unify all of the elements of the décor in a particular space or will you be using it to create a visual separation for different areas of a large space.
Location and Size
While you may be of the opinion that the most important thing for you is the color scheme, the size is what is actually critical for how it will work with the other décor in the space. For example, if you put a tiny rug in front of a sofa that is quite large, it will seem skimpy and out of place. On the other hand, putting a rug that reaches from one wall to the other in a space that is minimalistic and modern would be a bit of overkill. The key is to find the ideal size rug for where it will be placed.
Consider how the space is shaped when you are choosing what shape the rug should be. If you have a round dining table in a dining room that is round, a square rug just won’t look right. Additionally, you wouldn’t typically use a round rug in most living rooms.
A rug needs to be large enough so that the front legs of each of the major furnishings in the room will fit on it.
If you are using the rug on a hard wood floor as opposed to getting carpeting that is wall to wall, leave approximately 5 – 18 inches of the bare flooring around the perimeter of the rug.
If you are using the rug in a bedroom, the size you need will depend on the size of the bed. Get one that will allow for you to put your feet on it when you get up from the bed. It can go under the bed and nightstands or not.
In your dining room, the rug should go under the tables and large enough so that when you pull all of the chairs back from the table, they remain on the rug.