Shawn Limata Sep 19, 2016

How to choose the perfect area rug for your living room

How to choose an area rug size
When choosing the right rug for your living space there are three main components you need to pay attention to. Those being size, color and texture. An area rug can be the final touch to tying a room together but if the size is too small, the color does not match or the texture is wrong it can make for an incomplete living space.

Most homeowners mistakenly go too small with area rugs because they are afraid of having too much rug in a room. When choosing an area rug size we suggest showing between 1’ to 3’ feet of flooring around your rug. If your living room is 12 feet wide by 14 feet long the recommended size for your area rug would be 8′ x 10′ feet or 8′ x 11′ feet. Your rug should be large enough to have the front legs of the furniture on the rug and the back legs off. The front legs should come on to the rug at least 3 inches so that when sitting your feet are comfortably on the rug. This will allow the furniture to be anchored on the rug to prevent the sofa or chairs from sliding back and scratching your floors. This will also allows for your feet to fully be on the rug so that the heels of your shoes will not get caught on the edge of the rug.

You have much more sizing freedom in smaller areas like doorways or kitchens. Most 2’ x 7’ runners can work great in front of a door if you choose to go bigger than a traditional 2’ x 3’ doormat.

How to choose an area rug color

When picking your area rug you may find it difficult deciding on which colors will work best. Choosing colors will be one of the toughest decisions you will have to make. We recommend finding colors that complement your walls, furniture and living space. It is important to note that you do not have to match all colors perfectly. You do not want a room where your walls are burgundy, your sofa is red and your rug is red. Most designers suggest creating a contrast between your furniture, your paint color and your rug’s color. You can create contrast by pairing colors that work well together such as burgundy & gold, black & blue, and cream & green. Remember that your color choices will initially set the feeling and tone of your space.

How to choose an area rug texture

The texture of the area rug is an important part of completing your living space. It involves the feeling appearance and consistency of the rug. When choosing the right texture of a rug key factors you may want to pay attention to are comfort and easiness of cleaning. Having the right texture to match the rest of the elements already in your room can make for a rich inviting part of your home.