Ok, so I am pretty excited to talk about this weeks topic: RUGS!!!!! My partner and I are currently on the hunt for the perfect rug to place in our living room. In my recent quests I have gained some knowledge and picked up some pretty useful tips! Rugs, like everything else I love about interior decorating are an accessory, and if you know me, you know I love the attention to detail.
Whether you follow the tried and true concept of “start with a rug” or just select one to add color and definition to an established decor/room, area rugs are the quintessential decorative accessory. From the elegance of the more traditional and classic Oriental rug to the casual look of a natural jute, an area rug adds personality and warmth to a room. With so many styles, colors, and materials to choose from, the task can seem a bit daunting, leaving you to ask the question,which one is right for me? It’s actually easier than you think. Here are a few ground rules I’ve picked up that will help you find the right rug for your space.
1- Choose Your Style
The two biggest factors to consider when choosing a rug that you will love to live with are your lifestyle and your own personal style. For a rug that’s going to last, you’ll want to make sure that it can hold up to your lifestyle. Ask yourself questions like: Am I placing the rug in a high-traffic area such as a hallway or family room? Do you have pets or children? If so, you’ll want a rug that’s durable and easy to clean, like wool, some sort of synthetic blend, or seagrass. Also keep in mind that a darker colored, patterned rug will hide stains and dirt in high activity areas. Remember to make sure that any rug you are considering, ultimately compliments your sense of style. Even if you don’t think you know what that might be, I promise, you know your own style preferences better than a stranger in a store trying to sway you into purchasing a popular, and trendy pattern or color. If you know it’s not really what you want, don’t get it just because someone tells you to. I mean, you’re the one who will be seeing it on a daily basis!
2- Choose The Correct Size
Before you go shopping, do some homework. Start by measuring the area where you will be placing the rug. You might want to jot notes down of a minimum and maximum size to give yourself a wider range of rugs to choose from. Here are some easy tips:
1 – If the rug is for the living room/family room select a size that covers at least the length and width of your furniture. A 5×8 or 6×9 rug is a good size to cluster furniture around for an intimate area. If you want to expand the space, opt for a larger size that outlines the perimeter of the room.
2 – If you have hardwood floors ( like me ) try to have at least 18-24 inches of flooring around the perimeters of the room.
Still not sure about size? Here’s a trick I’ve heard about: Use painters tape to tape the area to the size and dimensions of the rug you’re considering. This can help you visualize how the rug will look in the space and how well it will work with your furniture and existing decor.
3 – Solids, Colors, and Patterns
At this point I’m sure you’re ready to go rug shopping but first take a quick inventory of your color scheme. To truly have the rug serve its primary purpose ( to tie the room together ) you’ll want to select a rug that compliments the two or three dominant colors in the space. If you go to a store, I strongly suggest you take a throw pillow with you and a color swatch of another main piece in the room you are purchasing the rug for. On the other hand, if you are buying your rug online I absolutely recommend ordering a sample swatch of the rug before completing the order. Here are some basics on selecting styles.
1 – If your couch is a solid color, select a patterned rug.
2 – If your couch is upholstered in a fantastic pattern or has an elaborate design , opt for a solid colored rug or one with less shapes.
Since a rug serves to anchor the room, the color and style of your rug can establish the overall mood. Dark, rich colors help define a more intimate space, while lighter colors make a smaller space appear larger. Spicy hues such as yellow, orange, or red add warmth while cool colors create a calming feel especially in a sunny room. Remember, with everything in design, you must stay true to what makes you happy and make your space truly unique to who you are!!
Here are a few companies I LOVE for rugs that you should check out: