It’s no secret that the right rug can completely transform a space. It can make a room seem larger, more furnished, elegant, or even taller – but that all depends on whether or not you select the right size and shape for your space.
We’re not going to lie, purchasing a rug can be a bit of a daunting task. For one thing, a good quality rug can be expensive. And while it’s usually worth the price, who among us hasn’t tried to make a beautiful, but undersized rug work in a room just to keep costs down? (Hint: It doesn’t work!)
It can also be tricky to imagine how a particular rug will work with the other furniture in your home and ultimately affect the layout of a particular room. When you’re about to invest in a high-quality piece, you want to make sure you get it right.
We’ve compiled a quick list of dos and don’ts for rug placement and orientation for each major room to alleviate some of the guesswork and help you select the perfect rug for your existing interior layout. Before even beginning to shop for rugs and plan placement, be sure to do some measuring and really map out the size of the room, as well as the furniture in it. Knowing these numbers will aid in your ability to really know how big, or small, a rug you need.
The Living Room
A rug can do wonders for creating a cohesive, balanced living room. The key to making it work is to always be sure it’s large enough that all of the furniture in the layout can be on it, even if only partially. Ideally, the rug would be large enough to fit all the furniture on it completely, but partial coverage will work.
The main ‘don’t’ for a living room design is not to place a small rug that can only support the coffee table at the center, and surround it with all the other furniture. This can actually make your living room appear smaller, which is probably not what you want to achieve.
The Dining Room
A rug beneath a dining room table can add a level of elegance to the space, but there are a few important details to consider when selecting a rug upon which to dine! Firstly, choose a shape that’s going to complement your table. If your table is round, opt for a round or square rug. If it’s rectangular or square, follow suit and find a rug to match.
The essential rule for rugs in this space is to always opt for one that is a good amount larger than the tables and chairs. This not only will create a more aesthetically pleasing look but will also negate the chances of getting chairs caught on the edges of the rug when pulling them in and out.
If you bring a rug into your bedroom there are a few different placement options that will certainly enhance the space. Sticking with the ‘more is more’ theory already hinted on, having a rug on which all your bed and side tables can fit comfortably is always going to create a clean, sophisticated look. You could also try a smaller rug which just supports the lower half of your bed, but has enough width to balance out your side tables.
Other arrangements to try are coordinating longer rugs on either side of the bed, or, if your bed is against a wall, a narrow rug on the open side of the bed. The idea is to place your rug so you’ll step onto it when you get out of bed. Avoid having a small rug at the foot of the bed, as it doesn’t serve a purpose and will only make the room seem shorter.
Keep these tips and tricks in mind when shopping for your dream rug and you’re certain to find the perfect fit for your space!