How To Choose The Right Rug Style

Posted: May 01, 2015

finding-the-right-rug-styleMaybe you’ve purchased or rented a new home, started spring-cleaning or just decided it’s time for a change. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided it’s time to find a new area rug, but need help on choosing the right one. If you need help deciding on a style, check out our new article on the best style that suits you. Besides style, there are a few key factors to consider before purchasing a rug. No need to panic, we know you want your home to look its best and we want whatever ideas you have for decorating to become reality. So take a deep breath, and take these factors into consideration when purchasing a new area rug.

So, let’s start with what’s on everyone’s mind… price! Price tends to be the elephant in the room when the conversation of a new area rug is brought up. This will definitely be a key factor in your decision. Within your budget, take into consideration the type of quality and construction you’re looking for to ensure that you will be happy with your new purchase. For instance, putting a light colored kilim runner in a foyer or hallway is usually not recommended. Why? Although we love kilims for their tribal look and vintage appeal they aren’t made to stand up to high foot-traffic. In addition, the light color of the rug may not be the best choice for shoes that track dirt where the rug is being placed. Rugs that are made out of natural materials such as sea grass or sisal are also undesirable for an area with heavy traffic. These types of materials absorb water and will most likely cause the rug to deteriorate. In this instance, a durable wool area rug would be the best fit.

Once you’ve solidified a location for your new rug you’ll certainly want to consider the size. Producer and importer of area rugs, Nourison, explains this best: Dining room rugs need to be sized for the placement of the chairs and the table as well as for the absolute measurements of the room. Take into account how much of the pattern will be hidden or obscured under the table. Obviously, a center medallion design would not be the ideal choice for this purpose, but a rug that has the same pattern throughout may be better suited for this location.

Living rooms can have a wide array of layouts and elements. Sofas, chairs, the occasional table, and lighting fixtures can be arranged in a single unified configuration or in separate seating or “conversation” areas. In either case, your rugs should play a key role in focusing and enhancing the placement of your other furnishings. In effect, they should function as the “foundation” of your design plan for any area in which they are used.

No matter what rug you chose whether it’s a traditional oriental area rug or a plush sheepskin be sure to ask yourself three questions. Does it fit? Will I get what I’m paying for in this rug? Could I see this rug every day and still be happy? If you answered yes to these three questions then you can’t go wrong.

Need assistance finding, designing or choosing a rug for your space? Give us a call for a free consultation or drop by Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore to speak with one of our sales representatives one on one.