Above, geometric rugs go bold in two different ways. Left, living room: Sara Story; Right, office: Amanda Nisbet (featuring Merida’s Custom Geometric Rug).

Choosing a rug is a lot like choosing the right jacket: The right one can instantly pull a look together. And like a jacket, the key lies in the fit. A too-small rug can feel awkward, making a room look bare or even present a tripping hazard. If it’s too large, however, it throws off the proportions of a room. It’s no wonder that many of us put off choosing a rug — but that search ends today. We’ve rounded up a few “rules” for shopping for a rug, along with a few favorites on Viyet right now.

Pay attention to size before style.

Oushack Rug

Nothing is worse than finding that perfect vintage Ikat, then realizing later that it’s way too small for your living room. (It’s also proof that you should never go anywhere without a tape measure!) Instead, know the size you’re looking for. And you’ll judge that by your furniture layout, not necessarily your room. The ideal size for a living room grouping allows for the sofa (and any accent chairs) to always have at least two legs on the carpet, or all legs when it’s an open seating area. In a dining room, the rule is that your dining chairs will still be on the rug if you pull them out to sit. Generally speaking, an 8′ x 10′ rug like the Glen Cove Oushak Lamb’s Wool Area Rug tends to work in many situations.

Pick a color you can live with daily.

Aga John Rug

For most of us, this means a neutral hue, like the Aga John Indo Tibetan Area Rug. If you’ve got kids, or are frequently entertaining guests, a darker hue can more easily stand up to wear and tear. Lighter hues are better for occasional spaces, from a practical standpoint. An allover pattern that combines darker and lighter colors is the best of both worlds.

Never underestimate the power of a statement rug.

Though practicality is an important consideration, it’s worth not overthinking this particular rule. Rugs are one of the easiest pieces to swap out in a room, so picking a bolder pattern (like the chic Traditional Pink And Cream Tibetan Carpet) or an incredible saturated color doesn’t run the risk of remorse the same way a custom upholstered piece in a head-turning motif will.

Consider the shape.

Custom Circular Rug

A rectangle is the most common shape for a rug, but a square or circular rug might be just right for your furniture arrangement. (A round rug, like the Custom Circular Rug above, looks just right underneath a round table.) It also brings a refreshingly unexpected element to a room, particularly if it’s an open concept. Apartment Therapy also recommends matching the shape of your rug to the shape of your room.

Be realistic about texture and material.

Pasargad Rug

We love a good dimensional rug, but the longer fibers and details demand a setting where they can be admired (not crushed by traffic). And that sisal rug? A great option for achieving a beachy look, but maybe not the best fit for pet owners (particularly cats). The same is true for the material. A silk is lovely, but better for occasional spaces; while a wool blend will work in more everyday spaces. And with its rich hue and hand-knotted wool construction, Pasargad’s Overdyed Blue Rug is proof that practicality can also be so stunning.

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