How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Space

As one of the most important elements of any space, selecting the right rug is essential for a balanced room. A rug brings warmth, character, and helps ground the look of your space, whether it's making a statement with color and design or providing a subtle accent to complement the room.

1. Find the right size to define your space
First, you'll need to determine what size rug will work best in your space. Measuring the room is always key; make sure to measure how large the rug would need to be to fit under all your furniture in the space, as well as the dimensions necessary to cover the floor without going wall-to-wall. While a rug doesn't have to be a certain size for specific types of rooms, there are some good rules of thumb to follow.

For defining a living space, your rug should be large enough to encompass most of the floor space, leaving at least a foot between the edge of the rug and the walls. With this look, the rug will act as a full carpet and create an inviting, comfortable feel. Opt for a more neutral design that will look refined for years to come, and shop our 8' x 10' and 10' x 14' rugs to get started.

If you're looking for a smaller option you can switch out as your taste changes, consider a smaller 5' x 7' rug instead. For a living room, place it in the center of your seating arrangement under the coffee table, or in the dining room, directly under the table set.

When it comes to side spaces in your home, like a hallway, entryway, or small nook area, there are several options. A runner-size rug (usually around 2.5' x 9') works wonderfully in a hallway or a kitchen. Choose a colorful flatweave runner for a durable option that will add personality to any kitchen. In an entryway, doorway, or even next to the bedside, a small 2' x 3' or 3' x 5' makes a great addition.

2. Pick a color and pattern that suits your aesthetic
Whether it's a vibrant kilim or a plush, neutral rug, we offer a range of designs to match your style. First, decide whether or not you want to make a statement. If you're looking for a more timeless design, consider neutral tones and smaller-scale patterns. For a large piece acting as the starting point for a living room, a neutral tone is often best. However, that doesn't mean you have to shy away from color completely—rich tones and bold hues paired with a traditional, small-scale pattern will read as a neutral in the overall space. For a bold, colorful look, consider large graphic designs or traditional patterns with modern hues. For less of a commitment to one aesthetic, opt for an interesting or vibrant design on a smaller accent rug for the entryway or hallway.

3. Choose the perfect style and texture for the room
Aside from bringing color and pattern to your space, rugs also add texture and character to any room. For added warmth and interest, consider a rug with a prominent weave or construction style, like basketweave or braided abaca, hand spun jute, or hand knotted wool; these styles look timeless in neutral, nature-inspired hues.

For an inviting, curated feel, try layering two rugs on top of one another. This works best in spacious rooms where you want to add more interest. A large jute or abaca rug makes a great base layer, then you can add a rug with more personality on top. For a global-inspired aesthetic, flat-weave kilims look great either alone or layered with a neutral rug.

Deciding on the right texture and style also depends on your rug's placement in the home. Flat-weave wool rugs are ideal for high-traffic areas, like hallways, the family room, and the kitchen. For a more luxurious option, consider a plush rug with a thicker pile in a bedroom, guest room, or sitting room.

Find the right rug for your space and shop our selection of new rugs and one-of-a-kind vintage rugs for an heirloom-quality look.