Rugs: What Goes Where?

September 25th, 2013

Rugs bring up a lot of questions.

What size should I use? Where should they go?

Let me start by saying:

GO BIG OR GO HOME.

Don’t get a postage stamp rug.

small rug

Oh my word.  There are too many things to say about the above shot.

If you buy a rug for your living room, do not buy anything smaller than 5′ x 8′.

Did you see that?

LIVING ROOM RUGS SHOULD NOT BE SMALLER THAN 5′ x 8′.

Even if you live in a tiny studio in New York, I guarantee you can accommodate a 5’x8′. Honestly, most should go with an 8′ x 10′.  You want it to cover a significant amount of flooring while positioned partially under your furniture.  Like my living room below:

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One thing you may also note is that the above rug is sitting on top of the carpet.

Can you do this?

OH YES.

I do it ALL THE TIME in commercial applications.  It adds a splash of color or pattern to the space while protecting your carpet. Don’t be afraid. What are some other locations that are rug worthy?

Bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchens.

Rugs can really go anywhere.  Just make sure you don’t go too small.  That is the biggest mistake people make.  My favorite retailers for rugs are West Elm, Pottery Barn and One Kings Lane.

bedroom rug

bedroom rug2

dining room rug

dining room rug2

kitchen rug

kitchen rug2

Get shopping and get creative (and don’t forget your tape measure)!

*Imagery via Amber Interiors, Pinterest & personal to DBK

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