Over the last decade, more and more people have opted for wood flooring in their homes, especially in the main living areas. While wood flooring is beautiful, it is a hard, cold surface and an area rug is the perfect accent. They aren’t just home décor, they bring warmth, softness and cohesiveness to the space by grounding the furnishings placed on it. They are also a great way to show off your sense of style though, as they come in a variety of sizes, styles, colours and patterns.
When it comes time to choose a rug, there are several things you should keep in mind but one of the most important is size, depending on which room you want it in. In the living room, you want to make sure that it is large enough that all of the furniture sits on it. As long as the front legs of the sofa and chairs sit on the rug, it is acceptable to have the back legs off the rug. That way, when you’re sitting, your feet rest on the carpet. This helps to create a cohesive vignette within the space. Placing a diminutive area rug in the centre of a room with just a coffee table sitting on it makes me think of postage stamps and breaks up the room. The area rug is meant to be part of the entire sitting arrangement and help define the area.
In selecting an area rug for a dining room, for example, you want it to be long and wide enough on all sides to allow chairs to slide in and out without getting snagged on an edge. As long as you have the space, a good rule of thumb is having it extend approximately 24 to 30 inches, all the way around your table. You also want to make sure that the edge of the rug doesn’t get caught under the front of your server, sideboard or other pieces of furniture.
When trying to determine if your rug is the right size for your room, check how much space you have between the carpet and the wall. Ideally an area rug should be large enough that it is balanced with about 12” to 18” of exposed flooring from the wall to the rug edge. That may not seem like much but it frames the room nicely.
Understandably, many people do not wish to cover their newly installed hardwood flooring with an area rug, however you add warmth and comfort underfoot. Having an area rug is a great accent to the room and the wood is still visible around the perimeter. Another little bonus of having an area rug is that they also help with sound control.
Wicker Emporium has a very nice selection of well-priced area rugs to suit most décor styles, so happy shopping!