Using Area Rugs
Area rugs pull their weight in when it comes to protecting flooring and enhancing your decorating. Use an area rug to help:
- Protect hardwood, tile or stone floors
- Define a seating area
- Create separate functional areas in a large space.
- Add color and/or pattern to a room as well as texture.
- Tie the elements of a room together.
- Link rooms together. As you see below, the two spaces are bridged with matching area rugs over hardwood floors.
- Softena room’s hardscape
- Reduce noise
Selecting an Area Rug
Area rugs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and a wide variety of materials. Select one that fits your space, enhances the decor and can withstand the type of traffic and use to which it it will be subjected.
- Room size rugs should leave a border of 18” to 24” on all sides. You can see the dark hardwood floor so you know it’s a purposeful area rug – not wall-to-wall carpeting that doesn’t fit!
- Seating area rugs look best if all of the chairs, sofas and/or loveseats sit on the rug or at least have their front legs on the rug.
- Dining room rug rule of thumb is to have the rug at least 3’ longer and wider than the dining room table. I’ve broken this rule because I’m using a rug I had in another room before we moved – but if you’re buying a dining room rug make certain the rug extends enough away from the table that chairs remain on the rug when pushed back from the table.
The area rug above looks lovely with the dining set but it barely contains the chairs – make sure the area rug is large enough so the dining chairs do not fall off the edge of the rug when pulled back for seating. The rug below is generous enough that chairs have plenty of room to push back from the table and stay on the rug.
- Hallway rugs should be at least 2” to 4” narrower and 18” to 24” shorter than the hallway.
- Other area rugs vary in size according to the specific need of your furniture and decor. The small room below has very little space between the built in bed and a desk but the themed hooked rug adds a great visual to tie the room together.
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