The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing an Area Rug
Area rugs are such a wonderful way to anchor a room. Not only are you providing the proverbial foundation for your furniture, but you’re also adding texture, colour and warmth with rugs and accent carpets. In open concept spaces they’re even more important as they help define and designate space. Is it Big Enough? Before deciding on the type, on a design, or a material, one question you’ll need to answer is how big should your area rug be. To answer this, you’ll have to first determine the following: How big is your room? When choosing an area rug, you need to take the relative size of the room into consideration, especially if you hope to anchor your furniture on it. Here’s a handy chart:
6′ x 9′ to 7′ x 10′ room size ——— 5’x 8′ rug size
9′ x 11′ to 10′ x 12′ room size —— 8′ x 10′ rug size
10′ x 13′ to 11′ x 14′ room size —– 9′ x 12′ rug size
11′ x 16 to 12′ x 17′ room size —— 12′ x 14′
So if you’ve got a 11 foot by 13 foot dining area, you’ll want a 9 foot by 12 foot rug to fit under your dining table and chairs, if you’re going with a standard size. What’s the purpose of the rug? Maybe more important than the size of your room is the purpose of the rug. If all you really want to do is add some visual interest and a warm place to lay your feet as you’re getting out of bed in the morning, a small scale will do. But if you’re anchoring your furniture in your living or dining room, the size will need to at least as big as the configuration of your furniture. Walkways Walkways, whether down a narrow hall or in your entryway, are a great place to put a narrow area rug. They help warm up a space and direct the path of the eye. Choose a piece that will give you about 1-2 feet of floor space on either side of your rug. Defining space For modern open concept spaces, area rugs are really instrumental in breaking up the area visually. If the work of the area rug is to define a space, be sure to choose one that is big enough to anchor all the furniture in that area. Furniture Placement Generally speaking it’s good to choose an area rug big enough to have the front legs of all the area’s furniture on it. In a living room this means either the front or all of the sofa’s legs, one side of the back and front legs of each side table, and at least the front legs of accent chairs will be on the carpet. Choosing a carpet that’s big enough to fit all legs of all of your furniture also works well. How to Layer Layering accent and area rugs is a really wonderful way to add colour, depth and texture to a space. The trick is to pair an area rug with a different enough accent rug on top. Mix a neutral weave area rug with an animal hide; or mix a geometric patterned rug with a circular accent in a solid colour. Happy decorating!