The size of an area rug is an important first consideration.
Should it simply present itself in a doorway? Throughout an
entire entryway? Or do you want a rug to cover a majority of
your room, for example, under a dining room table and chairs?
If you are a choosing a larger rug, it is important to not
overwhelm your space. Generally, a large rug should leave about
12-18 inches of space between its own edge and the wall. If
your area rug is smaller than room size, play with shape to
meet your needs—try a long rectangle to line a hallway;
an octagon or circle to compliment a round table; or a half
moon to add color against a fireplace.
You will also need to consider your color, keeping in mind
your color scheme, but, again, that you don’t want to
overwhelm your space. Light colored rugs open up a room, but
they are more difficult to keep clean. A dark colored rug will
condense your space, but if the color is quite bold, it can
appear ominous in a smaller room. Patterned rugs are also popular
and can be a means for pulling multiple colors into your room
design. Choose a more neutral pattern, one that could be integrated
with a variety of styles to give your rug longer life.
Rugs can be a significant investment and have a fairly wide
price range. Material and production methods are the greatest
price-determining factors. As a rule, wool rugs have the longest
life and best withstand wear. Rugs can also be made from silks
or synthetic fabrics and can be hand woven or tied or fabricated
by machine. A handmade high-quality fabric rug will be higher
in cost than a rug made by machine with synthetic fibers.
Insider Tip- Be sure to use a non-skid rug pad for safety with
Insider Tip- Rotate your area rug to avoid traffic pattern