A rug serves many purposes — it adds comfort to a rough floor, helps define the spatial layout, and brings in touches of color, personality and texture. Because floor rugs take up a lot of surface space, finding a design that enhances your current design is key. Whether you're looking for a kitchen rug, textured sisal rug or an outdoor rug, there is something out there for everyone. As you browse potential new rugs, here's what you should consider:
What size rug works best for my space?
There are a lot of traditional rules when it comes to the correct rug size, but most designers today will encourage you to break those rules. It's your call, but keep in mind what is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Look to your furniture to determine the size; in a living room, rugs should offer plenty of coverage from one sofa to the next. After all, if there are too many gaps, its small size will be easy to notice. You should also keep in mind architectural cues. One near the front door is often just large enough to slightly surpass the door frame, while a narrow hallway requires equally narrow runner rugs. In the end, your space and furniture will dictate the size more than anything else.
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What material should my rug be made of?
Some rugs are more durable than others, so before you pick out your favorite pattern, determine how much traffic the space is going to get. For a high-traffic entryway, jute rugs and sisal rugs can be good choices, since they tend to hide dirt and show less wear and tear. Cotton, synthetic and wool rugs work well for larger areas in bedrooms and living rooms — they come in fun colors and offer more cushion. If you love luxury more than practicality, you can always opt for silk or fur options. Regardless, be sure you keep your family in mind as well; silk and fur don't mesh well with little kids or family pets. And don't forget rug pads — these handy additions help you avoid creating an accidental slip and slide.
What style accent rug should I look for?
Because it's one of the largest decorative pieces in your space, it should accurately reflect your style. For those with traditional tastes, Persian rugs and floral patterns are go-to options, while geometric patterns and bright colors are trendier and more contemporary. In the end, it's great to mix and match rugs and decor, but avoid conflicting patterns and colors.