The Beginner's Guide to Rugs

One of the biggest and most important parts of any design is the rug; it's quite literally the basis of the design. A rug grounds the furniture and anchors pieces so as to add permanence to the space. With all of this being said, picking the perfect rug may seem overwhelming... but it doesn't have to be! Here are some things to consider when purchasing and designing around a rug.


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Considering Color

Colors obviously play a critical role in any design. They set the tone for the space and reflect a room's purpose. Rugs follow the same rules.

Don't waste your time trying to match colors perfectly. If the blue streak in the corners of the rug match the pillows and the coffee table books perfectly, your design will seem artificial and exaggerated. Instead, loosely pull colors from the rug and experiment with varying hues, textures, and patterns to create a look that is multi-leveled and interesting while also being cohesive and pulled together.

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Figuring Out Sizing

It's far too often that I see rugs that just don't fit into their design. Whether it's overwhelmingly large or just simply too small, a flawed rug size will throw off the entire space. Use this guide for help!

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Think About Traffic

When looking for a rug, it's important to ask yourself a few questions. The most important one, though, regards your rug's location.

Where is the rug going? If it's in an area of high traffic, like a doorway or the runner on the stairs, consider choosing something that you either know will last or something that's easy to replace as it shows wear and tear. Areas with less traffic, like the bedroom or formal living room, may call for a higher pile or even more shagginess, if that's the look you're going for.

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