A Rug that Feels Like Home: Construction, Size & Style

A rug carries such a heavy load; the foundation of our design, the artwork in which centers our room. Our rugs soften our space, and brighten our dark spots. Rugs provide a place for floor snuggles by the fire, and a cool aisle for our toes on a patio warmed by the summer sun. How do we ever choose the correct one? The one in which bears such responsibility. Let’s start by asking a few questions.

How Often is the Room Traveled?

What’s the foot traffic like in the room? The type of rug that works best in a room depends on how often it’s traveled. When adding a rug in a busy area like a kitchen or entryway, you’ll want to consider a wool or a natural fiber rug like a sisal or jute. You’re looking for a long-lasting fiber that’s durable and capable of withstanding everyday wear and tear. That’s exactly what this type of construction does. You’ll also want to keep in mind spills and debris in frequently visited areas. You’ll find these material makeups are more stain resistance and easy-to-clean. On the other hand, you might want to soften a dark bedroom or bonus room. A soft viscose or thick shag rug marry a room with their soft radiance. While not an easy clean, they’ll prove to lighten, brighten and win “Most Fashionable” every time! For a moderately traveled area, perhaps a home office, or dining room, a cotton flatweave or a brightly printed Rifle Paper Co.rug is a good fit. These type rugs still provide some cushion, and are quite resilient with spot cleaning.

No matter the area in which you’re looking, there are many selections, for any budget.

How Do I Determine Size?

– Living Room

While we could talk for days about choosing the correct size of a rug, instead let’s try to work with a few Rules of Thumb. Our common sense tells us that the larger the rug, the more floor coverage. This, of course, allows for more furniture placement on the actual rug. A sofa, occasional chairs, a bed, etc. In a Living Room, the largest size rug would allow for your sofa and occasional chairs to rest on the rug. Perhaps your preferred design is partial furniture placement. You choose to place only the  front legs of the sofa on the rug. An even smaller area rug would allow room for only the sofa’s front legs . Bringing together these elements in your room creates a natural border no matter the final placement.

– Dining Room

These same rules apply for a Dining Room. The largest size gives you room for 24″ on all sides to allow chairs to stay completely on the rug when pushed away from the table. You may also choose a rug that allows the back legs to sit on the floor leaving 18 inches between the rug and the wall.  As previously mentioned, by choosing a flatweave or printed option, your chairs can move smoothly over the edge of the rug.

– Bedroom

Then again with a bedroom we have our options of placing the bed completely on the rug or choosing a partial placement.  Standard rules apply with king, queen and full sized beds. Again, we use our common sense on the bigger the bed, the bigger the rug. Some things to think about when placing your rug in the bedroom are: will your feet touch the rug when you step out of bed, where will you place your additional furniture and does the rug placement provide generous walking space.

And don’t forget, if ever you don’t find the size rug that you need for your space, many companies provide the service of custom size options.

How Do I Choose Color and Style?

Let’s first decide how you want the room to feel. An area rug, along with the other decor, creates the overall mood in a room. A bedroom, for instance, you want to feel calm and soothing to promote rest. If you’re designing a  child’s play room, however, you’d want to emit energy. You can start with the rug as your inspiration if it’s a new construction or re-design, or use similar hues to blend with existing paint colors. Again, let’s go with the basics of what we do know.

• Light colors make a small space appear bigger. To make a room feel spacious, consider a combination of pale and bright colors.

• Cool colors like blues and green create a calming atmosphere. A monochromatic color scheme works well for this purpose.

• Bright, vibrant colors create energy. Oranges, reds, or vibrant greens and pinks add energy and fun to your space.

• Rich, deep colors fell formal and sometimes more intimate. Try rugs with shades of red, gold or navy.

If your room already has an established color scheme, it’s a safe bet to choose a rug that incorporates the same colors to complement the existing decor.

Remember If you want your area rug to be the main focus of the room, Go For It! Choose a bright color, a bold design, buy what you love. Buy that work of art that’s called an area rug, and place it with pride.

Let’s Wrap It Up

Buying an area rug can be a scary thing when you go at it alone. Having a designer with you to help guide you through the process is always a weight lifted. These quick tips are sure to get you thinking and started.

The designers at the Corner Studio by Barbara Stewart Interiors are available to help you in any way that you need along the way. Call Christina House or Tim Minor at 270-782-1747 for a rug or design consulting appointment.