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.

To see more stylish rug options, visit Viyet»

1 Comment

  • Posted August 5, 2016
    by Christina

    So considering that most of us have to work within a budget in regards to a rug – keep in mind that a rug is only ONE component of finishing out a room (there’s paint, furniture, lighting, wall décor, accent pieces, etc, etc, trying to keep in mind functionality AND design aspect, etc)…after determining the size, shape and material it was made out of (no sense in having a rug that doesn’t hold up and remain looking good), would you put style before color? Specifically the right ‘hue’ you are trying to decorate with? Most of us don’t have $8K++ to spend on ONE rug yet the rug is the foundation on what your room’s décor is…it’s what you read that interior designers start with, yet it’s SO hard to find the perfect one if you want one that lasts, holds up well and doesn’t shed – you RARELY read design articles in which they mention what happens if you pick a tufted rug or one that is made with materials or in a manner that sheds or doesn’t hold up well. Yours is one of VERY few that just begin to suggest that customers consider the material they are made of. Just because you select wool, doesn’t mean it will hold up, not color your floors or shed, looking for wool only gets you halfway there.

    I’m decorating with greige, a light spa blue (blue-green-grey type of color) and wanting to accent with a deep peacock blue color…like an Aegean blue…deep teal that has mostly blue tones with a touch of green and it’s REALLY hard to find a rug of the size I need, style / pattern I like, hand knotted wool so I avoid shedding and so that it holds up well in our den within my budget and with the colors I’m using. I finally decided upon a 9×12, hand knotted wool and silk (silk accents on it – it’s mostly wool), damask pattern that is has a mixture of 3 different deep blues…not exactly my color but I do love it and it’s been a chore to find one with the EXACT tone and within all of the perimeters above. I’m nervous because I’ve only seen it online and it’s going to arrive in a few weeks. Next, I’ll need one for our dining room and frankly, the thought of having to pick out another is daunting (as much fun as it is), SOOO…would you pick style over the exact tone OR the exact tone / hues you are targeting and compromise on pattern and style???

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