Choosing the right area rug can really tie a room together and create a more welcoming atmosphere. Read on and watch the video below to discover valuable tips and techniques for finding the perfect rug material, size, shape, and style for your space. You’ll be floored by how great your room will look!
Determining which rug material is right for your space is essential. Before you choose a rug, consider how the space it will go in is used. Does the room get a lot of foot traffic or receive an abundance of sunlight? These factors may influence what type of rug you decide to go with.
Rugs fall into two main categories: synthetic and natural. Rugs produced from natural fibers, like wool, cotton, or jute, tend to last longer and are more environmentally-friendly. Rugs made from synthetic fibers are more likely to resist fading and stains. Read on to learn more about some of the most common area rug materials …
Wool is one of the most popular area rug materials. Known for softness and durability, wool rugs are an ideal choice for high-traffic areas like a living room or hallway. Wool rugs are also naturally flame resistant, making them a safer option for rooms with wood burning fireplaces.
Care: Wool rugs are known to shed so regular vacuuming is recommended. Wool rugs are also susceptible to fading so it is best to avoid placing your rug in direct sunlight. For spills, blot immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth and use cleaning products specifically designed for wool rugs.
Cotton is a natural material frequently used to make flat weave or braided rugs. Cotton rugs typically have a more casual look and tend to be less expensive than wool rugs. They are susceptible to fading so avoid placing them in direct sunlight.
Care: Cotton rugs are easy to clean and some are even be machine-washable. These rugs typically will not have a backing so use a rug pad underneath to keep it from sliding.
Hair-on-hide rugs are available as woven strips, stitched panels, or complete hides. Hide rugs complement many design styles from rustic to modern to glam and are sure to make a statement in any room.
Care: Hide rugs are naturally stain-resistant and surprisingly easy to clean. In the event of a spill, blot with a dry cloth and then move on to a damp towel if needed. If that doesn’t do it, apply a small amount of gentle shampoo with a damp cloth and work it into the stain. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners.
Jute rugs are soft underfoot and offer a natural texture that provides organic beauty to any room. The construction of jute rugs allows for rich textures and weaves unique from other types of natural fiber rugs.
Care: Jute rugs are absorbent and very susceptible to moisture and staining. Blot spills with an absorbent cloth immediately. Regular vacuuming is also recommended.
Polypropylene, also known as olefin, is the most popular synthetic rug material used today. Polypropylene rugs are stain-resistant as well as fade-resistant. They also tend to be soft, lightweight, and best of all, affordable! Olefin is often used in outdoor settings; however, not all polypropylene rugs are made to be used outdoors.
Care: Polypropylene rugs are easy to care for. Vacuum as needed and use a carpet or rug cleaning solution for spots and stains.
Area Rug Sizes
Choosing the best area rug size is as easy as pulling out a tape measure. To determine what size rug you need, start by measuring the length and width of your seating area or furniture arrangement. Next, choose a rug that is small enough to fit fully inside your arrangement, or big enough to reach at least a foot beyond the backs of the furniture. If your rug doesn’t entirely encompass your furniture legs, make sure that at least the front legs of each furniture piece are comfortably on the rug, hopefully with a little room to spare.
Keep in mind that standard area rug sizes like 5×8, 8×10, and 9×12 feet, will offer the widest selection of colors, patterns, and styles to choose from. For more information on how to measure an area rug for your living room, dining room, or bedroom, check out our rug size guide.
Area rugs come in circular, oval, square, and rectangular shapes. Rounded rugs can help to offset angular objects in a room while offering a playful look that’s perfect for making smaller spaces, like an entryway, dinette area, or reading nook, look and feel more spacious. We recommend pairing square area rugs with similarly shaped elements, such as a square table or even a square room. Rectangular rugs are more classic and can better accommodate large areas.
Ultimately, deciding on the best rug for your space comes down to more than just choosing the right material and size — you must also consider what style of rug you are looking for. The style of an area rug plays a major role in tying a room together and making it look and feel more finished. The key is to choose a rug that complements your home’s interior design style and the room’s existing decor. Check out some of the most popular rug styles below and choose one that fits your taste.
If you want to add a hint of personality to a room, an area rug can work wonders. Keep these tips in mind as you shop for a new rug, and you’re sure to create ideal proportions and style in your home. For more advice on how to shop for an area rug, watch the video below.