Adding a rug to a room is one of the number one ways in which you can transform a space and make it look “finished”. There a couple of key things to keep in mind when selecting a rug and determining placement within a room that can impact the wow factor of the rug. I am going to give you some key tips on selecting and placing a rug in a room, and show you some of the rugs I have purchased for my house.
It is okay to place rugs over carpet (actually more than okay, it looks amazing!!!)
We still have a lot of carpet in our house (unfortunately) but it is not in the budget right now to replace everything with hardwood. For a long time I thought I couldn’t place a rug on carpet the same way I would if I had hardwood floors. Then I had an aha moment looking at some pictures on my friend, Brittany Zaccagnini’s blog (www.renewhomeinteriors.wordpress.com, if you haven’t checked her out you should) in which she had a rug in her office over carpet and it looked amazing and totally pulled the room together. Now I have a rug in almost every room of our house!
Make sure you buy a big enough rug
When in doubt, buy bigger when it comes to rugs. This is the number one mistake I see all the time when people are buying rugs and it can make the room look even worse than no rug at all! The key rule of thumb is to make sure part of the rug is under all the major pieces of furniture in a room. Here is an example in my family room. As you can see both couches, the ottoman, and part of the accent chairs are all underneath the rug.
A visual trick to use for bedroom rugs
Depending on the placement of the bed in a room, you can use this visual trick to get away with buying a smaller rug like in my daughters room. She has a daybed that goes against the wall. Generally speaking I typically would have purchased a rug that was large enough to go at least halfway under her bed. By using a bedskirt I could get away with purchasing a rug that only went slightly under the bed because visually you can’t see under the bed. The bedskirt gives the appearance that the rug goes much farther under the bed than it actually does.
Rugs in my home
The Dorothea Ivory/Gray Area Rug (8’ x 10’) for the Master Bedroom
This rug is fantastic, very soft, full and beautiful for a more formal room such as a living room or master suite. Rug has a beautiful gray color with a hint of blue and off-white.
nuLOOM Vintage Floral Grey Rug (8’ x 10′) for Daughters Room
Love nuLOOM rugs, they are very well made and look much more expensive than they are! This is also a more formal rug and is a darker gray color. I was concerned that the pattern of this rug might be too busy with all the other patterns going on in this room but it works perfect, a great neutral rug.
Soft and Plush Diamond Trellis Moroccan Lattice Shag Rug (5’3 x 7’6) for Daughters Room
This rug is so luxurious, thick, soft, and cozy that you will want to curl up on it!!! Love it so much that I am contemplating buying a second one for our living room. This rug is a vibrant white color. I was nervous that I might have trouble vacuuming this rug but it has been totally fine with our vacuum.
NuLOOM Machine Made Vernazza Trellis Gray Rug (7’10 x 10’10) for Family Room
NuLOOM rugs are fantastic! This room probably has the most traffic in our whole house and it has really stood up well. It is a beautiful soft gray and off-white.