One of you asked me for tips on how to choose an area rug. Well, you can buy a rug to be functional. Or you can buy a rug for aesthetics. I say buy a rug that serves both those these needs.
There are many “rules” about choosing a rug, when it comes to a decorator’s advice. I tend to go with my gut.
Safavieh Madison Collection Boho Chic Tribal Distressed Non-Shedding Area Rug, 5’3″ x 7’6″, Blue / Orange – $73.71
I have chosen 8 rugs that are all around 5 X 7. Because that’s typically what size I buy.
Hauteloom Tlacopan Moroccan Kilim Pattern Area Rug – 5’3″ x 7’1″ – Beige, Gray $54
You may be noting that I chose rugs under $100. I happen to think it’s kind of ridiculous to pay a lot of money for something you walk on. But to each their own.
Unique Loom Sedona Distressed Southwestern Area Rug, 5 x 8 Feet, Multi/Beige – $54.03
What The Experts Advise:
The experts say: You want a rug that fits, whether small or large. Something that isn’t too big. That is, there is enough floor visible between the wall and the rug,
But also something that isn’t too small, such as a postage stamp under your coffee table.
As a general rule of thumb, find a rug that can contain the major elements of a room or serve as a buffer between built-ins.
Measuring By Room:
If you want to be more methodical, here are some tips by room.
- Living room: If your sofa is against a wall, ensure that at least its front legs and the front legs of the neighboring armchairs are on the rug. In a large living room with a floating seating area, the rug should contain all furniture, front and back legs, with space around.
- Dining room: Use the table’s size as your point of reference. Whether circular or round, the rug should extend at least 24 inches on all sides so even a pushed-back chair can still fit within its range.
- Bedroom: For a spacious room, opt for a large rug that fits under the entire bed and night tables, with extra width on either side. For smaller rooms, the rug should cover roughly ⅓ of the bed’s base; alternatively, try small area rugs on either side of the bed.
- Kitchen, entryway: Stick with a narrow runner or smaller piece (think 2’ x 3’ or 4’ x 6’) for these areas.
- Outdoors: Bigger is better here, and you’ll want a rug that is 12-24 inches shorter than the space’s perimeter.
Patterned Or Plain:
Not everyone is into patterns. But if your furniture and walls are all solid colors, a patterned rug can really bring your room to life.
Likewise, if you have patterned furniture, a solid rug can have a grounding, calming effect. It’s all about balance.
Safavieh Tulum Collection TUL270Z Moroccan Boho Distressed Non-Shedding Area Rug, 5’3″ x 7’6″, Black / Ivory – $59.20
Safavieh Amsterdam Collection AMS108K Moroccan Boho Non-Shedding Area Rug, 5’1″ x 7’6″, Ivory / Multi – $72.18
Well Woven Novriku Beige Persian Floral Medallion Area Rug 5×7 (5’3″ x 7’3″) – $59.88
In terms of rug size, a rug that is too small for the room is one of the most common mistakes.
For most average-sized rooms, there should be about 10 to 20 inches of bare floor between the edges of the rug and the walls of the room.
Depending on the size of the room, you can go as low as eight inches and as high as 24 inches. In any case, make sure the rug is centered in the room and the distance between the rug and the wall is the same on all four sides.