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RUGS 101

Area rugs play a key role in our furniture package selection. If we are working with tile or wood flooring in a living room, you better believe we will be selecting an area rug! Area rugs can pull a space together while also creating better acoustics. They are versatile and come in a variety of sizes, patterns, and colors. We will discuss why rug size matters, the materials rugs are made from, and why a neutral colored rug will be your best friend.

As we know, rugs come in so many sizes. What’s right for you? Most living spaces will require at least an 8’x10’ area rug. You will want all of your furniture grounded on the rug but you do have the option to have the sofa and lounge chair back legs off the rug. Try adding an area rug under part of the bed in a master or guest bedroom. This layering technique will look great with a bench that completes the look. The most common mistake is to select a rug that is too small for your space. We see it all the time! This is one area you don’t want to skimp on as it will give your furniture a disproportional appearance. Common rug sizes are 9’x12’, 10’x14’, and 12’x15’. If you can’t find the right size for your space, you may need a custom rug.

You will find that rugs are made with different materials and fibers (synthetic and natural) such as polyester, polypropylene, wool, cotton, jute, viscose, and blends of these. Leather and faux leather has become increasingly popular. Each of these materials look and feel different. A rug made of pure viscose will look extremely shiny and can shed easily. Wool is an environmentally friendly option that retains color very well but has a higher price tag. Indoor/outdoor combination rugs are a great choice if you have kids or pets and need durability. With both synthetic and natural rug options, it’s important to know the pros and cons. Don’t forget the rug pad! We prefer a felt pad compared to a vinyl. A rug pad will keep your rug in place, add additional comfort, and prolong the life of your rug.

We highly recommend selecting a rug with neutral colors and minimal patterning. Over time, your furniture pieces may change but your rug doesn’t have to! By selecting a neutral colored rug, you are signing up for a timeless look. In a world where trends come and go so quickly, you’ll be happy to have that soft gray and cream rug compared to the orange and red chevron you had your eye on.

A frequent question we are asked is where to find area rugs. We like to order our rugs from to-the-trade vendors, but we have included some of our favorite retail options. Shop by clicking the links below!

If you need help selecting an area rug, drop us a line. We would be delighted to pull your space together!


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