When It Comes to Area Rugs, Bring a Tape Measure!
So you've decided to accent your rooms with a few area rugs - what now? You have many choices to make when it comes to picking out the perfect rugs, but above all, you have to keep one element in mind: size. In addition to the practical step of measuring rooms before purchasing rugs, use your common sense to decide what size of area rug is right for your room. You don't want to turn a midsize room into a closet by overwhelming the space with a huge Turkish carpet, just like you'd want to avoid setting a tiny area rug adrift in a large entry hall. Follow these simple steps to make sure your area rugs blend with your space rather than detracting from it.
- If you want to go big, get the tape measure out. Just because you have your heart set on a massive rug, that doesn't mean you should run into the first rug shop you see and pick the most impressive-looking one. Measure your room before you go, or risk finding that impulse purchase hunching up against the wall or getting half-buried under furniture.
- Be aware of the mood you're creating. The bigger the rug, the bigger the statement. While a skinny hallway runner can go practically unnoticed, a statement piece like a Turkish rug could swallow up your space, especially if it's in a darker shade. A good way to gauge the room's mood is to take a look at it in natural light. A large area rug in a deep shade like maroon or navy can bring coziness to a den or living room, creating a great atmosphere for movie night. A sunroom or kitchen is best served by small or medium-sized area rugs in lighter colors. The brighter the room, the brighter the rugs should be.
- Start with utility, then move on to decoration. While a pale yellow rug might perk up the front entrance, that perkiness won't last long if the kids are tracking in mud every day. A multiple-person household is better served by larger rugs than smaller ones. Keep in mind the outside world, too. A coarser area rug is great for catching stray leaves and dirt if your kids like to play in the yard. If the path to your door consists of a bare sidewalk and a flight of stairs, then feel free to indulge your fondness for lighter colors.
- Ultimately, however, the key to memorable decor is to make and follow your own rules. If you want a massive Persian rug in your tiny den, drop the shades, throw a few extra pillows on the couch, and rock your casbah. If you think Aunt Millie will get a kick out of seeing the little rug she hand-braided for you displayed right in the center of the living room, then go on and make her day. The best judge of what works for your home is you!