One of my very favorite interior decor pieces for any room is a great area rug! Area rugs are becoming increasingly popular as a statement piece or pop of color to pull your room together. The possibilities are endless as you can purchase rugs at any home decor or furniture store, as well as on numerous websites, and you can find a beautiful rug for a great cost if you are decorating on a budget! Perhaps the best thing about rugs is that with a neutral room palate, you can change the look of a room drastically just by adding or changing your rug!
The right sized rug matters! While you certainly do not want a rug that is too small, it is also important not to choose a rug that is too big… you have those beautiful refinished hardwoods for a reason! The goal is to use the rug to define the same space that your furniture is defining. For example… if you have a round dining room table, a round rug would accentuate that well. On the other hand, if you have a great sectional with a coffee table, you’ll probably want to go for a rectangular shaped rug. As for size, a good rule of thumb for the dining room is to choose a rug that is four feet larger than the overall length and width of your table- this can help to ensure that the chairs can be pulled away from the table without falling off the rug. For a living room, your rug should be large enough to fit under all of the furniture- this will help to define the location and grouping of the furniture for a more complete look.
It is important to consider your lifestyle and room traffic when choosing the type of fiber your rug is made from. For high traffic areas, rugs made from either synthetic fibers or natural fibers are most durable. Synthetic fibers are usually a more affordable option so these would be a great option for a home with children and pets. Natural fibers, while very durable, are very absorbent; therefore cleaning solutions cannot be used on them. Rugs made of natural fibers would not be the best option for homes with children and pets. Wool rugs are naturally stain resistant and will also last the longest. This makes wool rugs the best option for really any home, but most especially one with high traffic, children, or pets.
Choosing your rug pattern is the most fun part! If you are a person who likes a bold colored wall and art or decor, then you might want to go for a more neutral colored rug so that your walls and decor can stand out. On the other hand, if your walls are neutral you have more freedom in terms of a bold rug. Either way, bold walls or neutral, it is really up to whether you want your rug to blend in or be more of a statement. Neutral rugs allow everything else in the room to be a focal point, whereas a more bold rug will be a focal point itself. Be sure to coordinate secondary colors to tie your rug, walls, and decor together for a completed look.
Here is a printable version of the above rug placement guide.