Area Rugs help bring color, warmth and definition to any part of your home, from the front door to the bedroom. Whether you opt for round, rectangular or runner rugs, you'll want to carefully consider rug size and maintenance when making your selections.
The size of your room and how you have your furniture arranged play key roles when choosing a rug size. To avoid the mistake of selecting a rug that’s too small for your space, measure the length and width of the area where your new rug will be placed, then record those dimensions.
Here are some general guidelines to consider for each room of your home:
● Doorway: Entry rugs can range in size and shape depending on the layout of your room. A runner can guide guests down a long hallway, while an oval or rectangular rug works well for smaller spaces.
● Living Room: For a substantial space, it's best to purchase a large area rug so all your furniture can sit on top of it.
● Bedroom: As a rule of thumb, bedroom rugs should extend about 18 to 24 inches beyond all sides of your bed.
● Dining Room: In your dining room, ensure the legs of your table and chairs rest on top of your rug. Also, make sure your rug has about 24 inches of extra room to prevent chairs from sitting unevenly or catching an edge when they're pushed in.
A rug is good for:
- Defining a specific seating area. The area rug brings a group of furniture together. It could help smaller rooms look more spacious and turn larger rooms into separate, usable areas.
- Creating a focal point in your room. If your rug is particularly special, use more muted furnishings so you can really show it off. Clear tables (like this acrylic coffee table) really let your floors shine.
- Adding comfort and warmth underfoot, especially in bedrooms and family rooms.
- Protecting flooring and furniture. So next time you hear scraping noises from the constant pulling and pushing of chairs in your dining room, you’ll know how to avoid this.
- Muffling sound. Especially true when you have people walking on floors above you.
- Covering imperfections. Perfect for older homes if you just don’t love your floors.
So if you’re ready to look at some rugs, how do you tackle this?
The first thing you should look at is how the colors in the rug coordinate with the existing colors in your room. The colors don’t have to match up perfectly, but they should complement each other. Trust us, when you get the color right everything else becomes so much easier.
Usually, the architecture of your space and the type of furnishings you own will dictate whether you go with a traditional, transitional, or contemporary rug. When in doubt, transitional designs are a smart choice because they’ll work with most interiors.
Design and color may define a rug to most onlookers, but the visual effects of texure should not be underestimated. Not only are textured rugs visually intriguing in themselves, they offset the solid surface of your floor, drawing your eyes into the dimensions of the rug.
Area Rug Cleaning Tips
Keep these helpful tips in mind when searching for area rugs:
● No matter what material your rug is made from, regular vacuuming is the best way to maintain its beauty. It’s recommended that you vacuum at least once a week unless your rug is in a high-traffic area. In that case, twice weekly will help preserve it. To avoid damaged fibers, make sure you don’t use the beater bar or brush roll while vacuuming. (If you have pets, this may not be possible, so keep this in mind when making your rug selections.)
● If you’re looking for a machine-washable option, a cotton area rug is a top choice.
● Area rugs made with natural (sisal, jute) or synthetic (polypropylene, nylon) material should be spot cleaned as needed. For more serious stains, take your rug to a professional cleaner.
No matter what time of year, sprucing up your home with accent rug can bring a sense of pride while offering a pop of color or whimsy.