Guide To Choosing A Rug For Your Home
Find out how to choose the perfect rug for your space with our easy tips and styling ideas.
1. Living Room Rugs
It’s the most-seen, most important rug in your home — so make it one you really love.
As a general rule of thumb, at least the front legs of sofas and chairs should sit on the rug.
LEAVE OPEN SPACE
Choose a rug size that allows for at least a foot of bare floor around the room’s perimeter.
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.
2. Bedroom Rugs
Your personal place to unwind deserves something super plush underfoot.
Centering a rug under your bed creates a sense of balance and symmetry.
A GROUNDING PRESENCE
Go for a rug in a soft, neutral hue for a soothing vibe.
TRY A RUNNER
A floor runner placed along one or both sides of the bed is an easy way to add softness.
2. Entryway, hallway & kitchen rugs
Soften these busy, functional spaces with a durable runner or small rug.
MIX & MATCH
Pair different runner sizes and try mixing patterns for a warm, design-forward look.
If placed near a door, choose a low pile rug so your door can open properly.
THINK ABOUT LENGTH
Choose a kitchen rug that is as long as your island for a more balanced look.
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.
Expert answers to all of your rug questions!
Q: What size rug do I need?
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.
Q: What is the best way to measure a room for a 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.
Q: What's a rug pad and do I need one?
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.
Q: How do I choose a rug pad?
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.