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Nothing makes furniture feel more grounded within a space like an area rug. It acts as an anchor in the room, providing a framework for all other elements to be at play. But for a rug to do its job properly, you’ve got to make sure it’s the right size, colour, texture and shape.
Your Living RoomFirst, figure out how you’ll use the room and position your furniture accordingly. Look for a rug that’s big enough for you to place at least the front legs of all furniture pieces on it. Anything smaller will leave you wanting more, so trust us on this one when we say, “bigger is better”.
Your Dining RoomThis one’s a cinch to figure out with just a simple calculation! Measure your dining room table and add two feet all around. Voila! That’s how big your area rug should be. Not only will it help your room look beautifully balanced, it’ll ensure that chairs pull in and out comfortably.
Your BedroomIf you’ve got a single, double or queen-sized bed, your area rug should extend at least 12 inches past the sides of your bed. Increase this measurement to 18 inches if your bed is king-sized. The bedroom is also a great place to layer a smaller decorative rug on top of a larger simpler style. Try a faux fur pick layered over a wool or sisal carpet for an interesting twist.
Your Baby's NurseryNothing defines a space like an area rug. In a nursery, you can create zones with a variety of rugs in different sizes and shapes. A small one at the foot of a rocking chair helps keep your feet cozy while rocking baby to sleep. A larger area rug extending all around a crib can soften footsteps as you tiptoe in to check on your bundle of joy. A fun patterned rug can create a play area in the corner of a room.
Your Home OfficeWork is hard, but at least you can make your home office more comfortable with a stylish area rug. When looking for the perfect one, make sure that the front legs of all furniture pieces fit onto it and remember to factor in enough space for any rolling chairs and mobile filing systems, too.
Your HallwayPlacing an area rug in high traffic areas like a hallway not only looks great but also protects your floor from wear and tear. For this space, try to choose something in a super durable material like wool, cowhide or woven leather.
Now that you’re equipped with these essential rug styling tips, you have the power to go forth and treat your fifth wall – the floor - with the same love as the other four in your room!