Rugs are versatile floor coverings that can make a great addition to nearly any design; they can complement or replace carpets to add both comfort and style, provide extra insulation, dampen sound and even add a bit of safety to smooth or slippery floors.
When deciding what rug might be right, be sure to consider the appearance of the rug, the size and shape of the room, the amount of traffic and the ambiance you want to create.
Considering the size and shape of your space and your current carpeting is important for ensuring the proper scale, though there are a couple different approaches to scale. For example, you can select a rug that leaves a perimeter of about one and a half feet to achieve a wall-to-wall carpeted feel, or tie bedroom and seating groups together by choosing a rug that extends underneath the larger furniture pieces. Runners in hallways or entryways should also leave a perimeter, usually between three and six inches, though you can accent different areas of your home with clever runner placement as well.
Traffic and ambience are also things you should take into account when choosing rug material and pile. Low-pile carpet made of synthetic materials is a durable option for spaces with heavy foot traffic, but if you’re going for comfort in an area that isn’t a thoroughfare, a higher pile or shag rug made of wool or silk can add a lot of luxury to the space.
No matter the rug size or type, don’t forget to make sure it stays safely in place. A rug pad is the best way to keep any rug from sliding around on tile, concrete or wood floors, and come in a range of sizes that can work with any space.