How To Choose The Right Area Rug For Your Home

November 30, 2018

Whether you’ve finished a massive decorating project, or you’ve changed your carpet or vinyl flooring, you might be looking for a few extra touches to make the room really special. An area rug could be the answer. It can add a flash of colour, texture and interest to your home. It also gives a bit more comfort, can absorb noise, and give your space a much more defined look. Although, it can seem overwhelming to choose one when there are so many available. Here are a few things to consider to help you choose the right rug for your space.


The first thing you need to think about is what the room is used for? Is it a high traffic area? Do you have children or pets? These are all important points to think about when you’re purchasing a rug. If the room is used often, or you have children or pets, then you may want to consider an easy to clean material. You may also want to think about using a patterned rug, as this can help hide stains and spills. Low pile, or flat weave rugs are easy to clean and maintain.

If the room isn’t used often, or you want to create an opulent, luxurious room, then you might need a softer material, higher pile, and in a lighter colour. However, these types of rugs are not as resilient against potential damage.


Generally speaking, area rugs are pretty low-maintenance. Regular vacuuming is usually all that is required. Although, there are some rugs do need a bit more care. Make sure that you’re aware of the maintenance requirements, and if you want to meet them, before you purchase your rug.


Finding the right size rug for the space is incredibly important. Too large, and it will overwhelm the look of the room. Too small, and it will look lost, and odd. It’s a good idea to use masking tape, or markers, to outline the space you want to lay the rug, and measure that outline. Once you have that measurement, look for the closest size option. When you’re looking for sizes, never go down, always go up. So if you measured 4’ 7” X 6’ 8”, you would look for a 5 X 7 rug.


Area rugs come in all sorts of shapes. You can have the usual rectangles, and round rugs, but you can also have square rugs, long runners, oblong, or animal hide shaped rugs. There are companies that can make you a custom rug, which could be a good idea for any rooms that are unusually shaped.


You’ll also need to think about the colour, and how that colour will work with the design of the whole room. Remember that the rug will look different in the store, compared to how it will look when you’ve laid it on your floor. The store will have showroom lighting, and the rug will probably be hanging vertically. You should ask if one of the clerks can lay the rug on the floor so you can get a better idea of how it will look.

If you want the rug to match in with the colour palette in your home, then some interior designers recommend that you follow the 60-30-10 colour rule. 60% of the room should be in the dominant colour, such as the walls, or maybe the largest piece of furniture. 30% is the secondary colour, such as a feature wall, or perhaps the rug. 10% is an accent colour, so maybe a flash of colour from the lamps, or throw pillows. You could pick out some colours from the rug for the accent colour, which can help tie the look of the space together.


You may prefer to choose a patterned rug, over a more simple design. If you do choose a patterned rug, you will need to consider the existing furnishing, and colours in the room. If you haven’t yet made any changes to the space, then you could base your design choices around the area rug. Designing around the rug also gives you more freedom when you’re choosing the rug, as you don’t have as many other major factors to consider.


There’s now a wide range of design styles for area rugs, so you aren’t stuck with a classic or traditional look, unless that’s the look you’re going for. If it isn’t then you can find modern, contemporary, bold patterns, florals, geometric lines, and so much more. Before you choose a style, think about the overall feel you want in the room. Your area rug doesn’t have to match exactly, but it does need to complement the rest of the space, and add to the atmosphere.

One other thing you should think about is putting a rug pad underneath the rug. It will help prevent the rug from sliding. It will also minimise wear and tear, protect your flooring underneath the rug, and absorb the noise.

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