For a rug that’s going to last, you’ll want to make sure it can hold up to your lifestyle. Do you have young children or pets? Are you placing your rug in a high-traffic area, such as an entryway or family room? If so, you’ll want to select a rug that’s durable and easy to clean. A dark-colored, patterned rug will also help to hide stains or dirt in high-activity areas.
Your Personal Style
Decorating with area rugs is a great way to add personality, instant comfort and style to your room. Take a look at the design and color scheme that you’ve already started to create in the room to make sure your rug complements the décor. To tie the look of the room together, you’ll want to select a rug that coordinates with the paint color, furniture and accessories already placed in the room.
Use these general design rules and ideas when shopping for your new rug:
- Neutral walls and furnishings allow a bold rug to take center stage.
- If your primary furniture, such as a sofa, is a solid color, consider selecting a patterned rug.
- On the flip side, if your primary furniture has a lot of color and pattern to it, select a solid color neutral rug that coordinates to ground it.
- Consider coordinating your rug color with your pillows, drapes, wall color or other accents in the room.
- Placing an area rug under your bed in a bedroom is a great way to add warmth and comfort while eliminating cold feet in the morning.
- Don’t limit your space to just one rug, using multiple rugs can help define different spaces within a large room.
- For the trend-setters, layering a rug can be a great way to bring in multiple colors and textures.
- When decorating a room with an area rug, don’t completely cover the floor. Allow some space for the floor to show underneath to define the space.
Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, consider the size of the area where you will be placing the rug: see our section on how to measure.