Let’s make it clear – there are no strict rules in punching up your home with rugs. Choosing the right floor covering generally depends on your personal preference. But we cannot deny the fact that the amount of foot traffic, the visual appeal, as well as the possibility of staining and wearing the rugs off may differ from one room to another.
So what’s the perfect rug type for your living room, bedroom, dining room, entryway, and patio? Let’s find out.
1. Living room
The living room, also called a lounge room, is an area for relaxing and socializing. The right rug, like other room elements, is crucial in setting the mood for your living room.
Most designers love the idea of choosing a rug first and picking the colors of other room elements from the rug’s tones and patterns, or vice versa. If you have a large vibrant painting, you can complement the rug to the artwork without dominating it.
Patterned rugs with bolder colors and prints create a livelier and more inviting space while the simpler colors, like muted or neutrals, form a light and airy vibe. If you love neutrals but you want to add lots of texture to your space, choose natural fibers like sisal, jute, hemp, and seagrass. Natural fibers are also sound-absorbent and sustainable.
Since a living room is a high-traffic area, durable and low-maintenance rugs are ideal. Wool pile cut types should be your go-to rugs for they’re not just stylish and comfortable – they are a lot easier to clean unlike silk, cotton, or nylon.
Living rooms often feature a stunning tile or wood flooring. Wall-to-wall rugs are great but they might not give justice to your beautiful flooring. The area rug should be enough to bare some of the parts of your floor but large enough to provide a beautiful backdrop for your living room furniture. You can either have all your furniture legs positioned on the rug or just the front legs.
Quiet, low-key, and peaceful – this is how a bedroom should look and feel like. Next to a comfy bed, a warm lighting, and a versatile window treatment, bedroom rugs can also help establish your room as a personal refuge conducive to sleep and relaxation.
Design-wise, it’s ideal to keep the tones light and patterns simple. Try to avoid the ones with metal threads, loud colors, and busy patterns which can disrupt your tranquil environment.
Since your bedroom is a low-traffic area, your focus should be on rugs that can provide the utmost comfort, like wool, cotton, and silk. During cold seasons, a textured wool rug will help provide the warmth you need. Faux fur may also be a good choice – unless you have playful pets who can easily tear it down.
When it comes to size, always go big. Don’t hesitate to go for a wall-to-wall. Large area rugs can soften the appeal of your bedroom and establish a quieter space by buffering the noise. You don’t want the sound of the footsteps to disrupt your sleep, do you?
3. Dining room
Rugs placed in the dining room should provide a nice backdrop for family gatherings and holiday feasts.
Needless to say, your rug shape should complement the shape of your table. You can go for rugs with vivid solids and bold patterns to make your dining set a focal point. If you want to keep the environment clean and airy, you may opt for coverings with lighter, natural tones, like the one shown above.
Food and drink spills are a major enemy. With this, your choice of rug should be made from a stain-resistant and easy to clean material like polypropylene. Another factor that wears off dining room rugs is chairs dragging in and out. Unlike hand-knotted rugs, the synthetic ones might be a better choice for they allow chairs to slide easier, thus prevent wear.
As for size, a standard dining table that seats 4 to 6 people (usually 42” X 64”) needs a rug that measures at least 8′ x 10′. Make sure your rug size is wide enough on all sides to cover the dining room furniture and give room for chairs to slide in and out.
An entryway rug usually come as an afterthought. However, it’s important not to forget it because it is the very first rug in your house. It welcomes your guests and establishes your home’s personality as soon as they enter your abode.
Make it look catchy and vibrant. Find a pattern or color that won’t get lost when placed on your flooring. Your entryway rug should also set the tone for the surrounding rooms.
Since entryway rugs receive the highest foot traffic, they should be the most durable and easy to clean. Synthetic coverings, especially the low-pile ones, are suggested.
Go for a rug that’s as wide as your door. If you have a small doorway, go big on your rug not just in size but in pattern as well to create the illusion that your space is larger that it is.
Rugs aren’t just for indoors. You can bring your dull patio and porch to life by incorporating a beautiful and vivid outdoor rug.
Rugs made of a variety of synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, rayon, and acrylic are a great choice for outdoor rugs. These materials are durable, stain resistant, lightweight, generally waterproof, and they require less maintenance compared to their cotton or wool counterparts.
Though they’re often cheaper than natural materials, synthetic woven rugs won’t cramp up your style because they come in simplistic muted browns and a wider range of brightly-colored solids, geometrics, and stripes. You just have to determine which would best compliment your existing furnishings.
Similar to other rooms, your outdoor rug should be used to define spaces, like a lounge area or under a dining set. It’s ideal to place the rug beneath all of the furniture legs or just the front legs.