Shopping for a rug can be confusing: which size do you need? What’s the difference between one weave and the other? Which one is best for a child’s room? Which one will easily clean up after a red wine spill? (Because #scandalnight requires a full glass at all times.)
See? So many questions. Luckily, we’ve got the answers. Read on for our foolproof tips on picking the perfect rug.
Size: This is probably the most important factor in choosing your floor decor. You want the scale of the rug to suit the room and to accommodate your furniture. The guidelines are as follows: a rug should be two feet shorter than the smallest wall of a room (example: in a 12′ x 14′ nursery, you’d want a 10′-wide rug). For dining rooms, it depends on the table. Make sure the rug extends at least 18 inches beyond the table — you want the chairs to fit!
Diagram: Indeed Decor
Care and Cleaning: You need a rug pad for both comfort and to prevent slips. Vacuuming is a must, too: no need to over-do it, but routine cleaning is a good idea. If you do spill, it’s important to clean immediately to prevent staining. Cleaning methods vary from fabric to fabric, so be sure to check your labels.
Color and Pattern: Ah, the fun part! A rug can truly define a space. It’s important to find something that speaks to your style but is also practical.
- Striped rugs are versatile, classic, and fun. We love them in a kid’s space or a refined bathroom.
- The Bohemian trend is here to stay, and a rug is the perfect way to express your free-spirited style.
- Blues and beachy tones provide a coastal air: we think of oceanfront homes and serene spaces.
- A more graphic rug gives interiors a quick dose of pattern, ideal for a bold, modern look.
Material: A kitchen rug and a living room rug serve completely different purposes. And a house with four kids, two dogs, and a parakeet has different needs than that of a sophisticated empty-nester. This is where material comes into play. A vinyl floorcloth is perfect for a high-traffic area, while a romantic aubusson makes for an elegant piece in a low-key living room. Sisal, wool, vinyl, jute and cotton blends are ideal for durability and easy cleaning while other varieties are best for low-maintenance households. Once you decide what you need, you can shop by material.
So, did you get all that? Rugs can really make a space, and getting the right size, fabric and look for your lifestyle is key. It’s all about what’s best for you! We hope this tutorial shed a little light on the matter, and you can always contact our customer service team for a one-on-one session if you need help choosing that perfect piece.