Choosing an area rug can be an intimidating process. Even the friendliest rug showroom can get confusing with the variety of choices. To make the process easier, do your homework before you start shopping.
Consider style: An area rug can serve the same purpose as art on a blank wall. It can set a tone, bring unconnected pieces of furniture together, and warm up a space. Take a good look at where you plan to place the rug. A simple rug will work well if there are already a lot of patterns. Does the room need more color? Let the rug plus a few well-chosen accessories bring some vibrancy into a previously neutral space. Consider the floor, and let the rug pop with contrast or blend in depending upon what the room needs.
Consider type: Rugs come in almost every material imaginable, from nylon to silk. Choose one that will work with your usage. Durable materials such as nylon or wool will work best in a room with a lot of traffic. Dark colors and patterns also hide traffic as well as dining spills. The new indoor-outdoor rugs are great for homes with children. You can actually take those rugs outside and hose them off.
Consider size: Rugs under furniture groupings work best when they are large enough to contain all the furniture. Then the rug becomes like a frame for the furniture and the space. If possible, leave at least a foot of space between the edge of the rug and the walls, giving the rug position and the room balance. Remember to provide space for chairs when selecting a dining room rug. The recommended additional size is about two feet beyond the table edge, giving enough space for chairs and people.
After you complete your analysis, three more steps will simplify your rug shopping. Measure the space to determine the best rug size. Do not rely on an eyeball measurement. Large showroom spaces are deceptive. Take a couple of pictures of the space. They will help you visualize rugs in the selected spot once you’re in the showroom.
Finally, bring a few items that match the colors already in the room, to ensure that your rug will coordinate with the colors already in the space.
By following these simple steps before you start shopping, the right area rug is almost in your grasp!