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Find out how to choose the perfect rug for your space with our easy tips and styling ideas.
It’s the most-seen, most important rug in your home — so make it one you really love.
Deciding on solid or patterned rugs? Go for a patterned rug to bring life to a neutral room. If your upholstery is patterned, go for a solid rug or a subtle graphic.
Buying tip: Living rooms see a lot of life. If yours is a high-traffic area, pick a low-pile rug in a durable material, such as a wool or jute rug.
Your personal place to unwind deserves something super plush underfoot.
Natural fiber and indoor-outdoor rugs are a great choice for the kitchen or entryway. They’re less likely to absorb spills, making them kid-friendly, pet-friendly and easy to clean.
A: When it comes to how to choose a living room rug (or any rug for that matter), think about proportion and scale. You want the rug to fill the space nicely without looking too crowded. Most interior designers follow a simple rule of thumb: the larger the room, the larger the rug.
A: Start by taking the general measurements of the space and reduce those dimensions by 1-2 feet to get an idea of the best rug size for that area. Additionally, try using painter’s tape to map out your ideal rug placement, then measure the outline’s dimensions.
A: Is the rug going to be in contact with a hardwood floor? If so, you should definitely use a rug pad, as it provides insulation, absorbs the impact of your footsteps and minimises slippage. A breathable rug pad is also essential — hard flooring that can’t get air has a tendency to become discoloured.
A: It all depends on the size of your rug. A general rule of thumb is that the rug pad should be about one inch less than your rug size, on all four sides. For example, if the size of your rug is 8x10, get a rug pad in the same size and use scissors or a box cutter to trim down if needed.