What to say about rugs… to any room rugs add character, warmth, and can often times be a large investment. The last thing you want to do is select a rug that has you asking for more. Below we’ve outlined three basic guidelines to follow to help you pick the perfect rug for your space.
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If you love color and pattern and your space already has plenty, you may want to stick with a single-color rug to complement your existing furnishings. If you tend to select neutral furnishings, a patterned rug with many shades may be the perfect addition to your room. As a general rule of thumb, it’s easier to choose your patterned and colored pieces first, and add in rugs or furniture and accessories that coordinate afterwards.
A rug will read as one of the largest pieces of “furniture” in the space, so be sure to take into account the tones in your flooring, walls and other fixed finishes when selecting. But don’t play it too safe: a boldly patterned or brightly colored rug can be just what your room needs to be amazing!
Many people don’t pay much attention to texture when planning for a rug – but texture is so important! A room with a mix of different textures feels rich and layered.
Let the finishes of your existing furniture guide you, and aim for contrast. With seating in a soft fabric like velvet, something smooth and hard like a sisal might be the answer, while a sleek leather sofa looks great on something with a longer, fluffier pile like a high pie wool or shag rug.
When it comes to picking the size of your rug, there are a few things to consider. Selecting the wrong size, either too large or too small, can dwarf the feel of your room. It can also create safety hazards!
A rug should fit the size of your seating area – which is not synonomous with the size of the room – and be as large as possible within it your seating area. Depending on the size of your room you may be able to fit all of your furniture on the rug (floating layout), or you may need to keep just the front legs of your furniture on the rug (classic layout). Under a dining table, you want to be able to pull the chairs back and still have them sitting on the rug.
Another great tip is that when the seating area takes up the entire room (as is often the case in old New England homes), it’s important to remember rug shape in relation to the room’s shape: square rooms look great with square or round rugs, and rectangular rooms with rectangular rugs oriented in the same direction.
DON’T FORGET THE RUG PAD!
Rug pads are often an overlooked addition, but there are many reasons why a rug pad is a good idea.
Safety – Runners and small sized rugs are more likely to slip and slide around, and the last thing you want is for your family or a guest to fall and hurt themselves.
Preservation – Rug pads help preserve your hardwoods and your rug investment by acting as a buffer to prevent friction rubbing and any liquid spills that may occur.
Cushion – Whether your standing at your kitchen sink, or playing with your family on your living room floor, we offer thick rug pads that add additional support and softness underfoot.