Area Rug Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t Skimp on Size

Size is the most common mistake people make when selecting an area rug.

An area rug should serve as an anchor, holding the key pieces of furniture in a room in place. In order to anchor these pieces the rug must extend underneath the furniture. For example, when selecting a rug for a dining room, carefully measure to ensure the size can accommodate both the table and chairs on top. 

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Do Splurge on Quality

We all love a good deal, but it’s important to note that quality plays a large role in selecting the right rug for a space.

The higher ticket on a well-made rug is the biggest deterrent for people. Spend a little extra on a high quality, durable product and you’ll have a rug that withstands the test of time.

Don’t Shy Away from Pattern

Mixing patterns can be intimidating. For example in a living room it may seem easier to use the same pattern in your rug, toss pillows, and curtains, however it gives little interest to the space. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Proportion is the key to mixing patterns. Pairing a smaller scale with a larger scale pattern keeps things balanced. 

Do Consider Pile 

When selecting an area rug it’s important to keep in mind the pile, the height or thickness of a rug. Low traffic areas such as guest bedrooms, and offices are best for high pile rugs. Mid pile rugs are intended for medium traffic rooms such as bedrooms, and nurseries. Lastly we have low pile, which is best suited for high traffic areas such as living and dining rooms.

High pile rugs tend to have a softer, shag-like look. In contrast low pile has tighter fibers, making it the easiest to vacuum and ideal for spaces in need of a rug with extensive durability. 

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