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The Basics of Area Rugs

Area Rugs 101

You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the right area rug for your space, which can be overwhelming. This buyer’s guide will walk you through the basics of area rug use and design to help you make the best choice.

Uses for Area Rugs

There is a lot of potential for what an area rug can accomplish in a space.

One key application of a rug is to define a space, such as a seating area, by creating boundaries and edges. Rugs guide peoples’ eyes to certain areas and they can guide foot traffic through a space as well.

If you have a long hall or entryway, consider a runner to fill the space and make it more warm and inviting. An area rug creates a soft, warm and forgiving surface to walk, sit and play.

Area rugs can also stylishly cover any unsightly blemishes on your existing flooring.

Size & Shape

To determine what size and shape you need your rug to be, start by looking at your space and the needs you’re trying to meet. Be sure to measure the space you’re trying to fill before selecting a size and shape.

Area rugs come in both standard and non-standard sizes, and can be rectangular, circular, square, oval, or long and narrow. Circular or round rugs are sold by the diameter, which is the distance from the center of your space to the edge (called the radius) multiplied by two.

Color & Design

One thing to remember when choosing a rug is that it doesn’t have to precisely match the other colors in your room. Modern interior design often utilizes contrasting color combinations or colors that complement the primary color scheme of a room.

A good rule of thumb, however, is to use no more than two additional colors in conjunction with your primary color.