The most important room to have a rug is the living room. It is the room where you welcome and entertain your guests – without a rug it will appear cold and unwelcoming. It will transform a room, introducing a sense of luxury, particularly if it is of good quality and a high standard of craftsmanship; the colour, pattern and texture of the rug lend a feeling of comfort and personality to the room.
Before choosing a rug, you must first understand its purpose. Do you want a rug that will be a real statement piece, or a more neutral design which will blend seamlessly into the space, giving an overall tranquil appearance? Do you want it to unify a room or to define a space? If you are attempting to break up a room into different areas, a number of smaller rugs can do so beautifully.
Living Room/Family Room
Rugs are a great way to define living areas within large rooms to make them appear cosy. Go for the largest size you can afford as it gives a generous, calming effect to the room. It’s great to be able to place half of the sofa on a rug, to give a wonderfully luxurious and flowing feel to the space.
However a small statement piece rug can define your living room as well, perhaps one that introduces a pop of pattern into the room. A common placement is to have the rug sit within the furniture, in front of sofas and chairs. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer and wider than the furniture.
When deciding whether to use two rugs in a room setting, the rugs do not have to be identical, but they should match in either colour tone or feeling.
A rug in a dining room should be large enough to fit the table and chairs when all of your guests are seated and the chairs are pulled out. This will give the room a balanced feeling as well as prevent your floor from getting scratches.
All other dining room furniture, such as side cabinets, should rest on the floor, not on the rug.
The size of the rug depends on whether you want the bed to sit on top of it or not. For a queen- or king-sized bed, a typical placement of the rug is to run it beneath the bottom two-thirds of the bed, perpendicular to the bed. You want your rug to be large enough that you can step down onto it when you get out of bed.
Some people don’t want to use a large rug under the bed, but still want a soft place to land when getting out of bed. The best option in this case is to get a pair of runners on either side of the bed if you do not want the bed to sit atop the rug.
For a child's rug, user smaller rugs in whimsical shapes and patterns to mirror a child's imagination. Oval or round braided rugs in pastel or bright colours make great children's rugs.
Mats or small rugs are typically the best options for kitchens and small areas in front of the sink, refrigerator or door.
Kitchen rug runners are also an option if you have a long narrow kitchen, or would like to provide a walk-through area. If you have enough space, expose six inches to one foot on either side of your rug runner.
Halls typically range in size from three feet wide to six feet wide. Most runners are two and a half to three feet wide. Expose up to six inches on either side of your runner. If you prefer not to vacuum the edges of the exposed floor, purchase a rug as wide as the hallway.
Stair runners add a touch of elegance, texture and colour to your home’s interior staircase. They are also a great solution to provide peace and quiet and added safety to your stairs. They can be understated or a real design element in their own right.