Selecting an area rug for a space is a big task; choose the wrong one and it will throw off the entire feel of the room. Choose the right one however, and it can brighten and lift the aesthetic. The largest design item in your room, covering most of the floor surface, means it will be responsible for setting the visual mood. With such a wide range available to choose from in the market, evaluating your options using the following points will simplify the process and give you more confidence in your decision.
Pattern and colour should be the first point of reference. If all the other design elements are already in place, then use the tones and aesthetic of those pieces as a guide. If leaning toward something with a bold pattern, it‘s best to place that piece first, then add the rest of the decor using the rug as a reference.
Generally speaking, it is easier to go with a neutral tone, a natural fiber rug like jute or something with a simple pattern that nods to the wall color. Don‘t be shy though, if a boldly patterned textile really speaks to you, and its tones are on par with the aesthetic of the space, go for it! It may be just the thing that elevates the design level of the room and creates more excitement.
The texture of a rug is an often-overlooked aspect in the choice of an area rug. Most people naturally don‘t look past the color and pattern − especially when shopping online − but they should. Well curated textures will add depth and layers to the design of a space. Look for pieces that contrast with the existing textiles and apply the same principle with smaller décor items like pillows and throws for a rich, layered feel.
Sizing a rug is a relatively straightforward part of the process, but don‘t be tempted to go against the rules because an attractive piece isn’t available in a suitable size. Undersizing an area rug will make a room feel small and awkward. As a rule, covering the seating area is the standard, but making sure at least the front legs of chairs are on the textile is a satisfactory compromise. Most importantly, you and your guest‘s feet should be touching the rug when seated!
When it comes to a dining room, the chairs should all have room to be pulled out from under the table while still on the rug. If it’s a bedroom rug you’re sizing, it should extend at least a couple feet beyond the bed so that upon waking, your feet find a soft landing. Also to be considered is orientation, rectangular pieces fit rectangular spaces while square rooms look natural with square or round rugs.
Keep the above categories in mind while shopping and the experience should be simple and stress-free, with stunning results. At Home and Soul, our dedicated Sales Team are always on hand to talk you through our latest rugs collection and help you find the right style for your space.