The floor is just as important as the other four walls in a room – it’s not something to be ignored! Floors need rugs. Your feet will thank you. Your floors will thank you. And your decorating efforts will be rewarded.
While there is a bit to consider when selecting a rug, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. We’ve distilled three key tips to keep in mind.
Size Does Matter
Pick the right rug to scale with the size of your room. As the saying goes, a big, beautiful rug can really tie a room together, while a rug that is too small will make that same room feel disjointed.
For smaller living rooms, center your rug under the coffee table or use it to define a seating area. Look for 4’ x 6’ and 5’ x 7’ sizes. Remember to leave some space between the wall and the rug to expose the floor. If you place your sofa or sectional against the wall, aim for two legs on the rug, including your chairs. In these cases, a 6’ x 9’ or 8’ x 10’ will work.
For larger rooms where all the furniture can float on top of the rug, go for a 9’ x 12’ or 11’ x 14’ size. A dining room rug should be large enough that the table and all chairs sit on it – including when chairs scoot in and out.
Bedroom rugs should be placed where your feet touch the ground. You can use one rug large enough for your bed to fit on it, or two smaller rugs, or even runners on either side of the bed. Let the comfort of your bare feet guide you.
Pattern, Color and Texture
When it comes to the design of the rug itself, let your personal style be the determining factor – along with how the room is used.
When it comes to rugs, you’ll find flat weaves, tufted piles and dense shags; subtle designs and bold abstract patterns; and natural and synthetic materials in every color under the sun. Lucky for you, there are so many great choices at every price point!
The Down and Dirty
With proper care, you’ll be able to enjoy your rug for years. First, place it in a spot that avoids direct sunlight, which can cause fading. And use a good carpet pad – this is a must to prevent shifting on hardwood floors and reduce the chance of color transfer onto carpeting.
Vacuum your rug once a week – and move that furniture to get under those hard-to-reach areas! Keep in mind that a new rug will shed some of its loose fibers for several weeks. This happens to all 100% wool and wool-blend rug and is nothing to worry about.
Take care of any spills and stains before they have a chance to set.For stains in isolated areas we recommend using a water-based spray spot cleaner. Blot as much of the spill as possible, then lightly spray the area with the cleaner – don’t saturate it. Then, working from the outside of the stain toward the center, blot until the stain lifts. Vacuum when dry.
We Offer So Much More than Great Rugs
If you're looking for that perfect piece to tie the room together, check out our collection online or visit us at one of our showrooms. Choose a rug you will love. Take care of it. And let it make your room feel balanced, beautiful and distinctly yours for years to come.