How to choose a new area rug for your home.

Contemporary rug in front of a sofa in a modern living room.

Are you looking to buy a new area rug for your home? Learn how to choose the right size of rug depending on the room you want to put it into, how to make the right choice of material to match your lifestyle, and finally, how to choose the perfect color.

1. The right size for the right room

Living room

– Large living room

A large living has furniture floating in the center of the space. Choose a large rug that will fit under the four legs of each piece.

Recommended standard sizes: 9’x12′ and 11’x14′

– Classic living room

A classic living room is typically composed of furniture along the wall. Your new area rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of each piece.

Recommended standard sizes: 6’x9 and 8’x10′.

 

– Studio/small living room

A small living room can quickly feel cramped if you put a large rug in it. Your rug should be small enough to fit under the coffee table, but not touch the furniture’s legs.

Recommended standard sizes: 4’x6′ and 5’x7′

 

Bedroom

– One rug only

Put a large rug under your bed, from the bottom 2/3 of the bed.

Recommended standard sizes: 8’x10′ (queen) and 9’x12′ (king)

 

– 2 runners

If you don’t like large rugs, you can choose to place two runners on each side of your bed.

Recommended standard sizes: 2’x6′ and 3’x5′

 

Entryway

Rugs can be used in the center of hallways or just on one side.

Recommended standard sizes: 2’6″x8′ and 3’x12′

 

Dining Room

You only have one choice for your dining room: your rug should be large enough to fit under all furniture, table and chairs.

Recommended standard sizes: 8’x10′ and 9’x12′

 

2. Match the material to your lifestyle

Dhurries and Kilims rugs

Dhurries and Killims rugs are flat-woven rugs, traditionnaly used in India and Pakistan respectively. They are the easiest to clean and are the most durable. They usually come in bright colors and graphic patterns. They resist well to high-traffic areas.

 

Natural material rugs

These rugs are made of natural fibers such as jute, seagrass, cotton, and wool. They are affordable and resist very well to high-traffic areas.

 

Tufted rugs

These rugs are made of yarn inserted through a woven base. They are in a medium-price range and resist better to low-traffic areas.

 

Overdyed and Distressed Rugs

These rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing, or distressing. They are in a medium-price range and resist better to moderate-traffic areas.

 

3. Pick the color

Single-color rugs

If your room has a lot of furniture, you might want to choose a single-colored rug. Be careful to contrast the color of your new area rug with the one of your floor.

 

Patterned rugs

Patterned rugs are great in a modern, minimalist environment. The room should preferably be bright and large. To make sure you make the right choice, match the secondary color of your rug to your key furniture in the room (sofa, bed, table….)

If you have any questions about how to chose your rug, feel free to ask me in the comments section!

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