How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Room

As you can see from the photo below, our old rug that was in our family room just doesn’t fit the decor. With a light colored slip-covered sectional and chair, I would like to find a rug that is more neutral. I am thinking a natural fiber rug I. The beige or gray tones.


So my next step is deciding on the size. For a long time, the old rug hasn’t seemed like it was the right size. It seems too long on one end and too skinny on the other. So I did a little research to find out what I need to take into account when determining the best size for a rug.

I found a great article titled “How to Choose the Right Area Rug for your Space” on They interviewed lots of designers and here is what they said.

“Less is more in transitional spaces or entrances that open to other rooms or a stairway.”- Mahmud Jarfi of Dover Rug & Home

But the width should either match the door space or be a few inches less — not too long, not too short. If you use a round area rug in a large foyer, center it under the light fixture. In a hallway, stretch the length to fill the space, leaving even space on both ends for balance. And if you plan to place any furniture in the hallway, keep it off the rug. “No half off, half on there,” he says.

“The area rug should be used as the focal point in a room.” – Malene Barnett of Malene b

Malene b is a custom-design carpet company based out of Brooklyn, N.Y. headed by Malene Barnett. Depending on your preference, she suggests a rug that will provide space enough for the furniture to sit on top. If you prefer the rug be placed in front of the couch, Malene says it should run the same width (or a little longer) than the couch

“Be sure to choose a rug that extends beyond the coffee table and at least under the first set of legs on sofas or chairs.” – Aimee Beaty, an in house stylist for Pier 1 Imports

So I have decided to get a rug that will provide space enough for the furniture to sit on top. That means I need an 8” x 10” rug. So I am headed to Pottery Barn, World Market and Pier 1. Wish me luck!!

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