Whether you want to change the look of the room or simply hide the blemishes of your existing floor, adding a rug could be the answer. A rug not only adds comfort and protects hardwood floors it is a way to add texture, color and variety to your design. With so many different sizes and shapes to choose from some may find it difficult to choose a rug.
When deciding on what size of rug for a living room start by selecting the furniture layout. Measure the area of the room between the furniture, meaning the front of the couch to the front of the other. If there isn’t a second couch, measure as if one was there. Once you have the measurements add 2 inches to each side to create balance. From here you have some options, you can position the front legs of the furniture 1/4 of the way onto the rug with the back legs off. If you want a formal feel a big rug in a big room with all furniture on the rug will achieve this look. Extend the rug past the furniture 6-12 inches. Another option would be to postition the rug directly above the coffee table, for this look the coffee table will be the only piece of furniture postitioned on the rug. This can be a great way to introduce a pop of color for a small room.
When planning to put a rug in a dining room start by measuring the length and width of table. Choose a rug where at least 24 inches of rug extends from the table on all sides. This will allow the back legs of the chair to remain on the rug even when being used. Be sure to get a texture of of rug somewhat smooth to avoid wobbly chairs.
A runner can be a great addition to a hallway. Measure the length and width of the hallway and then subtract 2 to 3 inches of space in beween the wall and rugs edge. Runners may be used in a bedroom position one on each side of the bed running alongside the bed lengthwise. The most common way a rug is found in a bedroom is directly under the bed for a king or queen bed the rug should extend 18 inches past and for a full or twin 12 inches.
Hopefully these basic guideline help you on your quest for the perfect rug for your perfect home. Stay tuned for next weeks part 2 of choosing a rug!