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 colorful statement or adding subtle texture. See our top three tips below for choosing the perfect rug to suit your home.
1. Find the right size to define your spaceFirst, 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 will 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 slightly smaller option that you can switch out as your taste changes, consider a 5' x 8' 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' rug makes a great addition.
2. Pick a color and pattern that suits your aestheticWhether 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.
3. Choose the perfect style and texture for the roomAside 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. Our high-quality rugs come in three main styles:
Hand-loomed: Usually up to two colors with a soft, thick pile; perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Hand-knotted: The most labor-intensive style to create with intricate patterns made from indiviudally tied knots. These rugs are a timeless complement to living and dining rooms.
Flatweave: These no-pile rugs often have a variety of colors and patterns. The flat, durable construction makes them easy to keep clean—ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens and entryways.
Learn more about these rugs in our video below!