While a lot of modern homes and home design involves a lot of hardwood or tile floors, there’s still a need for some warmth and softness through the use of strategically placed rugs. However, many people feel intimidated by bringing rugs into their space.
So to help ensure that your financial investment into rugs isn’t wasted on something that you don’t actually love, here are three tips for picking the right rug for your space.
According to Jackie Dishner, a contributor to HGTV, area rugs are a great way to play with colors and texture in a space. In fact, by picking a rug that you want to incorporate into a space before you bring in other design elements, you may find that it’s easier for you to pull your whole room together.
In addition to this, Dishner shares that by putting a busier rug in a small space, you can give off the illusion that the space is actually much bigger than it actually is. Just make sure, however, that you keep any design elements that are on the rug within easy visibility. This means that if the main part of the pattern is being covered up by furniture, you might want to rethink how that rug is placed within your space in order to get the most out of it.
Best Practices For Size
For many people, it can be hard to know what size of rug you should get for the space you have available in your home. While you don’t want to get a rug that’s too small and feel out of place, you also don’t want to bring in a rug that’s going to overwhelm your space.
To find a happy medium here, Eleanor Busing, a contributor to Apartment Therapy, shares that, for an area rug, you should get a size that fits within the seating area. This means that, ideally, all of the sitting furniture should be on the rug. If only the front legs of your furniture fit on the rug, that’s usually fine. But when you put your feet down on the floor, they should be sitting on the rug, not only the actual flooring.
Consider Cleaning And Maintenance
There’s more to picking the right rug for your space than just what the rug looks like in the space. In addition to this, you’ll also want to consider what you’re investing as far as cleaning and maintenance goes.
According to Lauren Flanagan, a contributor to The Spruce, flat-weave rugs are going to have less maintenance and are easier to clean. If you have a rug that’s a high-pile or particularly ornate, you’re going to have a harder time cleaning and maintaining it. You should keep this in mind when picking what kind of rug to bring into which areas of your home, as high-traffic areas should generally have a lower maintenance rug placed there.
If you have a space that you want to place a rug in, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you pick the right rug for that area.