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Rockin' the Area Rug

Rockin' the Area Rug

If you’re looking for the perfect solution for adding that just-right touch of color and character to your room, area rugs can help you create your own show-stopping space. Rugs can complement any room and lifestyle, but there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your next one. Here is a bit of wisdom to consider. Size Matters: Don’t try to cover every square inch of the floor with your new rug. A good rule of thumb for dining rooms is to choose a rug that’s four feet larger than the overall length and width of your dining table. For example, a 3′ x 6′ table should have a 7′ x 9′ rug or larger underneath to ensure chairs can move freely from the table without dropping off the back of the rug. For living rooms, if your sofa or furniture backs up to a wall, the rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces in the room. If your furniture floats in the middle of a large room, the rug should fit entirely under all pieces of furniture - creating a border to the space and giving the furniture grouping a defined location in the room. Choose Lifestyle-Friendly Fibers: When choosing a rug, keep in mind your lifestyle and the amount of traffic the space receives. Common choices for fibers include synthetic, natural and wool. Synthetic fibers are durable for high-traffic areas, and because they can easily be produced by machine, they are often a more affordable option. Natural fibers such as sisal, bamboo and jute are produced from plants and are quite durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. However, they are also quite absorbent, and water and cleaning liquids cannot be used on them. Wool rugs will last the longest and are naturally stain-resistant, which makes wool a good choice for homes with children and pets. Shop for Shapes: Consider the scale of your area, as well as the geometry. If your furnishings define a round space, a round one is often best to enhance the room and tie it together. Try matching the rug with a key piece of furniture or the outline of the room. For example, if your dining room table is rectangular, choose a rectangle shaped rug. This will allow for natural flow in any room.

Pic source credit: Loloi Rugs for Magnolia Home Collection by Joanna Gaines.

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