5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying an Area Rug

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Deonna Adams

Why Choosing the Right Rug is Important?

Stripe area rugs

Has this ever happened to you? 

You are all moved in. The furniture is set in place, and the only thing left to do is unpack your home decor and start decorating. After you do that hard work finding your personal style, you feel like an interior designer! 

Something feels off. You realize there is something missing from the room. The room lacks something to pull everything together. You start searching the web for decorating ideas and suddenly realize what it is your room has been missing! 

A large rug would tie the whole room together very nicely! Area rugs can give your room that missing touch, and create a focal point for your room. The right rug’s color and texture and bring the entire room together- from the paint colors to the living room furniture!

Choosing the right rug for your space is important. The rug you purchase for your home should fit your lifestyle and your own personal taste. 

It’s time to talk about some factors to consider when deciding on the type of rug you want to buy.

1. Rug Material

Jute blue patterned rug.

If you're like me, the texture is everything. Some people just love a nice soft rug they can rub their feet on. 

Do you like silk rugs? What about natural fabric?

Hooked and Tufted Rugs by Dash & Albert are perfect if you are looking for a soft durable rug. 

Keep in mind if you have pets choosing a rug that is easy to clean may be a better option. Indoor/outdoor rugs can give you a stylish rug without maintenance. 

If you are an allergy sufferer selecting a rug with a natural material like jute, or bamboo rug may be a great option. 

2. Rug Color 

Blue and tan neutral rug

Deciding the color of your rug is really a great opportunity to express your personal style. If you want to add color to the room choose a rug with a great colorful pattern. Be sure the rest of your decor is mostly neutral.

Remember the same rules apply to choosing wall color with an area rug. A darker rug will make your room look smaller, while a bright or light rug will open up the room. 

Also, if your space is prone to spills, and messes it's a good idea to use a rug with darker tones to hide those potential spills.

3. Rug Size 

A large area rug from American Country Home Store


Rug size is often the hardest to determine when it comes to purchasing a new rug. You want the size of the rug to fit perfectly. Too small and the rug gets lost in the room and looks odd. 

A good way to measure your space before purchasing a rug is by using painters tape to mark your space and then use a measuring tape to take the measurements

4. Rug Placement

A large gray area rug

Rug placement is just as important as choosing the right size rug for your space. In the living room, the legs of your sofa or chairs should have all the legs at least at the border of the rug. In the bedroom, place your rug where your feel will touch the rug no matter where you get out of the bed. 

If you place a rug in the dining room make sure when the chairs are pulled out they don't snag the borders of the rug.

5. Rug Pattern

Jute colorful patterned rug

When considering whether or not you want to buy a rug with a pattern think about what you already have going on in your space. Are your walls neutral? If, so bold colors and shapes would be a nice way to add some life to the room.

Do you have colorful furniture or walls? You can still use a patterned rug but think about using bigger patterns. Like stripes or diamonds in more neutral tones. 

Online rug samples

Not sure what the rug you select looks like in person? Order a sample and find the right rug for you!

For more information on how to decorate with indoor and outdoor rugs read our blog post “How to Choose The Best Outdoor Rug.”

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