How to Choose a Decorative Rug for your Space

Are you looking for a rug that will “serve a function” or “make a statement?” Rug shopping may seem overwhelming at first, but through the process of elimination and with the right size guide, it’s more than possible to find the perfect area rug for your space.

Choosing The Right Style Rug For Your Space:

Statement Rugs:

A statement rug is unique, fashionable and demands attention. It can either be bold, colorful and patterned or made of unique material.

Examples: shag, cowhide, Moroccan, antique

You may want a statement rug if:

  • Your space is neutral and you’re looking to add a pop of color or an element to make the space more unique.
  • You have an eclectic space and you’re looking for something that compliments your decor.
  • You’re following this year’s “maximist” trend and want to add more bright colors and patterns wherever possible.

Functional Rugs:

A functional rug serves a purpose – it can add warmth to a room, or it can be used to make a space look less bare. It’s typically practical, easy to clean and durable.

Examples: Jute, synthetic, outdoor rug, sisal

You may opt for a functional rug if:

  • You have children and want a comfortable spot for them to lay on the floor and play without worrying about the mess.
  • You have a few statement pieces in the room already or a patterned couch and don’t want to take attention away from them, making the space feel too cluttered.

Choosing The Right Size Rug For Your Space:

When it comes to choosing the right size rug for your space it will come as no surprise that the first thing you must do is measure the space.

As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to ensure there is at least a foot or two of visible flooring all the way around the room.

Living Rooms:

  • You’ll need a rug that extends a minimum of 6 inches beyond the arms of your main piece of furniture.
  • Ensure all furniture has at least the front legs on the rug.
  • Ensure the long side of the longest piece of furniture in the room lies on the long side of the rug.
  • Always try to have your rug centered on the focal point of your room whether it be a TV or a fireplace.


  • The rug in a bedroom should frame the bed. Ensure that it’s placed centered so there’s an equal amount of space on both sides and at the foot of the bed.
  • The bed should cover a minimum of 2/3 of the rug.
  • If you decided to go larger so that your feet land on the carpet when you wake up, then ensure at least the front two legs of your bedside table fit on the rug.
  • As a general rule, you’ll need an 8×10 rug for a queen-sized bed and 9×12 rug for a king-sized bed.

Dining Room

  • The size of the rug in your dining room will depend entirely upon the size of the dining table and number of chairs – just ensure that when each seat is pushed all the way back it will still be on the rug.

A great area rug is an essential element in every home especially rooms with hard floors. They make a space feel more stylish, warm, comfortable and complete. For more help with picking out a rug be sure to reference our Pinterest or Facebook for inspiration.

March 19, 2019