Floor rugs are a great way of adding warmth, texture, and colour into a room. However, when it comes to choosing the right one for your space, there are some key do's and dont's to ensure the space looks its best. In this post, we'll specifically explore size and positioning in different areas of your home and why these are important to get right in order to create a cohesive and well designed room.
One key rule to keep in mind for every area and rug position is in this instance, size does matter!
The Living Room
The living room is often a hub of activity and the key gathering space in a home. If no-where else, a great rug in a living room will help it to feel complete and a well-positioned rug can anchor the space and create a cozy, inviting atmosphere. When it comes to choosing the right rug for the living room, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Do: Choose a rug that's large enough to fit all the furniture on it; or at the very least ensure the front legs of the sofa in particular are able to sit over the edge of the rug or within a few centimetres of the edge. This will create a unified look and make the space feel larger. Wherever possible, ensure that the rug isn't too close to the walls, sitting straight and the sofa is able to line up with the centre of the rug.
Don't: Choosing a rug that's too small for the space for the size of your sofa. If the sofa and or the room is significantly larger than the size of the rug it will cause the room feel disjointed, clunky and off balance.
So too, on the flip side choosing a rug that is far too big for the size of your sofa will also cause the space to feel off kilter, and cause your sofa to look smaller that it is.
The Dining Room
A rug in the dining room isn't always needed and or wanted. It can be a headache to keep clean for some families, but if it's something that is needed or wanted in your dining area it can absolutely help define the space and add a touch of sophistication to the room.
Just like the living room, there are some rules to keep in mind.
Do: Choose a rug that's large enough to fit under the table and extend beyond it by at least a few feet on all sides. Ensure you are able to fit all of the chairs on it with room to move them in and out without catching on the edges. This will create a cohesive look and protect your flooring from scratches.
Don't: Choosing a rug that's too small for the space and the table can make the room feel cluttered and cramped. If there isn't room for a rug, or it's not able to be large enough to comfortably fit all the dining chairs on it, it's usually best to opt not to have one.
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We all love the feeling of hopping out of bed and touching something soft underfoot. Having a rug in the bedroom can create a plush, cosy feel and help the room feel grander and more complete.
Do: Again, size matters! Ensure you choose a rug that's large enough to fit under the bed and extend beyond it by at least half a meter. This will create a cohesive look and add warmth to the room. Ensure the rug can be centered under the bed so that it's visible from all sides and looks symmetrical.
Don't: Choose a rug that is too small. When the rug is too small it will cause the room to look smaller than it is. So too, be careful when positioning the bed on the rug. A useful 'rule of thumb' is ensuring the rug is large enough to go under at least half to two thirds of the bed and still have plenty showing out from the foot of the bed. Where possible, don't pull the rug all the way up under the bed with only a very small amount showing out on each side.
To Sum Up: By following these tips, you'll be able to make an informed decision when choosing just the right rug for your space. Remember, size matters! Create symmetry when positioning your rug and ensure that the size and style of the rug matches the size and style of your room and furniture.
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