(updated April 29, 2024)

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something was missing?  Odds are, there was no area rug in the space.

An area rug can make your space feel warm and inviting and make the whole room come together beautifully.

So, if you’re ready to freshen up the look in your space this spring, grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and read on!  

I always begin a room with the rug;

it is literally the foundation of the space. 

I then go on to the furniture.  

–  Lee Radziwill –

Adding an area rug can work wonders in a room!

Choose the perfect one, and it’ll elevate your color scheme, instantly becoming the focal point that ties everything together beautifully.

What’s more, an area rug also serves a practical purpose, especially on hardwood or tile floors.

It helps dampen noise, preventing those echoes that can make a room feel less inviting.

Plus, it’s a savvy solution for concealing any imperfections like scratched wood planks or tiles.

Ready to spruce up your living room?

Here are my top tips for finding that ideal area rug!

1. Size Matters!

As L.A. designer and real estate developer,  Erinn V. says “Think of your area rug like an island – you want everybody on that island”.  Meaning, that all of your furniture should be on the rug…or at least part of it.   

For example:

  • the sofa and side chairs can have just the front legs on the rug, but a better look is to have the entire sofa and chair legs on it;
  • side tables need to be either fully on or fully off of the rug;
  • the coffee table and/or ottoman should be fully on the rug.

The best way to measure for your new rug is to first place all of your furniture exactly as you want it in your space.  Then measure different standard sizes of rugs and decide which works best in your space.

You can also use painter’s tape to make an outline on your floor to see exactly how your new rug will fit.

Keep in mind, if you find the “perfect” rug, but it’s too big, you can have it cut down and the edges re-stitched.  OR, if you find one that’s too small, you can buy two of the same pattern and have them stitched together.


2. Color

You want your new rug to be in harmony with the color palette in your room.  

Your rug’s color and pattern can set the tone for the entire room.

Want to create a cozy and inviting space? Consider warm earth tones like beige or terracotta.

Craving a pop of color? Go bold with vibrant hues like teal or mustard yellow.

As for patterns, the sky’s the limit! From classic stripes to funky geometric designs, there’s a pattern out there for every taste and style.

The beauty of an area rug is that it isn’t a permanent fixture, if you get tired of it, you can always move it to another room!


3. Material

When it comes to rugs, different materials offer varying levels of durability, maintenance, and comfort.

For instance, wool rugs are super soft and cozy, while synthetic fibers are more budget-friendly and easy to clean.

Think about your lifestyle and the amount of foot traffic in your home.

If you have kids or pets running around, you might want to opt for a durable material that can handle the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Here is a great guide to help you figure out the best material for your needs: Guide to Type of Rug Materials 


4. Cost

Obviously, the higher the quality of the rug, the higher the price. 

Size and material are also factors in the final cost.  

In general, silk rugs will be the most expensive. 

Wool rugs are also pricey (but well worth it in durability). 

Rugs made with synthetic material will be the most inexpensive as they are mass-produced. 

It’s always best to determine your budget for your area rug before you go shopping.  


5. Find Your Style

What is the style of your room? 

  • For a Traditional room, think about an elegant “oriental” rug with rich colors and intricate patterns;
  • Transitional rugs can enhance any style of room.  The colors are soft and muted and the patterns are often inspired by nature;
  • Contemporary rugs have bold patterns and come in a variety of bright and muted colors. 

An area rug is an easy way to bring a pop of color into your living room. 

The right rug will add character and texture and make your room feel cohesive and finished. 

The bottom line though, is to buy an area rug that you love!

6. Maintenance and Care

Taking care of your rug is like taking care of a beloved pet – it requires love and attention.

To keep your rug looking its best, vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris.

And when spills happen – because let’s face it, life can get messy – tackle them promptly with a gentle cleaning solution.

For deeper cleaning, consider hiring a professional rug cleaner to give your rug some extra TLC.


So there you have it, my top tips for choosing the perfect area rug for your home!

I hope this guide has inspired you to get out there and find the rug of your dreams.

Remember, decorating your home should be fun, so take your time and enjoy the process.

Until next time, happy rug hunting!

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