How to choose the right rug for any room?



So you have finally decided to incorporate a rug in the room. Well, it is unquestionably a good decision as rugs possess the ability to completely transform the look of a room. They can be used to hide unpleasant blemishes, highlight certain furniture, add accent to the room and of course, for practical purposes. However, in order to enjoy the benefits, selection of the right rug is very important.

Selection of the right rug isn’t always easy. It involves devotion of time and consideration of several factors. Let us now take a look at the factors that should be considered –

Location and purpose – the first and foremost factor to be considered is the location where the rug needs to be placed and the purpose it shall cater to. Ascertaining the location and purpose shall dictate the other factors that need to be considered.

Material – as rugs are available in a large variety of materials, ascertaining the right material is of vital importance. Some common material options are wool and synthetic. Woolen rugs are perfect as a decorative element. For handling foot traffic, something tougher than wool should be selected such as shag rugs.

Size – after the location, purpose and the material has been determined, the correct size of the rug needs to be ascertained. When deciding the size, you may desire to consider the feel you wish to impart to the room. If you wish to highlight small furniture pieces, such as a bed or coffee table, then small rugs would be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you wish to impart the room with a snugger and warmer feel then large rugs should be chosen.

Shape – fourthly, select the shape of the rug as it plays a significant role. Circular and round rugs look unique and can be used to impart an elegant look to the room. If the rugs are used to highlight the furniture then it would be best to extend the furniture shape to the rug. For instance, a rectangle rug for a rectangle dining table, a round rug for a round coffee table and so on.

Color – lastly, you need to decide upon the color of the rug as it is a powerful factor of importance. The general thumb rule is that darker colors impart a warm and cozy feel to the room while bold and bright colors make the room playful.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on February 28th, 2011

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