Today I’m sharing my design tips on How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for your home, – the size, different patterns that make or break a room, placement, color and size. Our home got a little face lift recently –and I decided to tie things together in the living room with a gorgeous new area rug. I love how an area rug can soften a room and adds a layer of stylish pattern and color. Rugs are like that goood bag and can totally transform your space in an instant! With these handy tips on How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for your home i hope you will spruce up your place in time for the festive season and have fun doing it!
Your new rug should frame your space and tie it all together. Choosing an area rug is like choosing a piece of art for your wall. This is art for your floor, and an investment, so take your time and enjoy the process. And buy the best you can afford. This is not something you scrimp on. Trust me!
With all of the choices today in style, color and pattern it can be tough to narrow it down to just one rug. It can also be hard to decide which one will look best in your room with your flooring and wall colors in mind.Lets get started on the points to keep in mind for How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for your home.
1.Lets first talk size:
For Dining Rooms: I always take the size of the surface of your dining room table and add 6 feet to it. So, if your table is 3′ x 6′, I would start looking at a 9′ x 12′ carpet. This is important because it means that your dining chairs will still have all four legs on the rug, even when they’re pulled away from the table.
For Living Rooms: Once again, take a good look at where the legs of your furniture land. At minimum, I would want the front legs of all furniture in the seating area to be placed on the carpet.
For bedrooms – Choose a softer, piled rug. The colors can be lighter here as its not a high traffic area. But if you have a small child like I do, certainly stay away from the ivory and creams. I chose an eye catching chevron patterned black and white hand woven rug for the bedroom instead.
Now that we have the nitty-gritty of the size question solved, let’s get to the fun part and talk about pattern and style. For dining rooms, sometimes it can be a good idea to get something with pattern. Dining rooms are often dominated with a large wooden table and chairs, so the pattern gives the room some interest – and can also hide any food stains. In your living room, it’s going to be about balance. If your furnishings are upholstered with heavy pattern, I might start looking at a piece that has a subtle pattern or a solid color. If your furnishings are upholstered in a solid color, I would use a patterned rug to add some interest like I have in my house.
Now for fibers, the most important thing to think about is how hard you’re going to be on the floors. I almost always recommend using 100% wool because I find it to be the easiest to clean and maintain. Silk and viscose are lovely and give the room a marvelous bit of shimmer, but, if you have small children or pets, it can get a little tricky to keep it looking fresh. I especially love Kilim rugs!! They are hand knotted and can be passed onto even generations! Easy on the upkeep and brilliant to look at, a kilim rug is a must in your home! Take a look at The Home Dream’s amazing collection of rugs. There is something for everyone’s taste and style there. From monochromes to gorgeous bright kilims like the one I have, The Home Dream has hand woven rugs, throws, pillows and much more!
I opted for the earthy yet bright Dakota Indian Kilim Rug and I cant tell you how happy I am with it!
So go on, keep in mind these basics while designing your home with rugs and get ready to get all cosy and give some love to your feet. The Home dream certainly makes it easier! Hope you had fun reading these easy tips for How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for your home.