home decor

Size Matters!

Choosing the right sized rug may be more of a science than an art. A large rug will anchor the furniture and make a room seem larger. As Jean-Pierre Tortil, the global creative director for lauded carpet company House of Tai Ping, says: “The rug is the fifth wall of a room. Yes, you decorate the walls, but the floor is absolutely crucial to a room’s design, and the rug acts as the anchor.”

Here are some tips for finding the perfect size:

In a living room, choose the size of the rug based on your room size, leaving a perimeter of 18” to 24” inches of hardwood or ceramic. This guideline leaves you flexibility to shape the feel and look of the room.

9′ x 12′ or 8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

In a dining room, choose a rug size based on your table and chairs. You’ll want a rug large enough that you can pull chairs away from the dining table and have those chairs stay on the rug.

9′ x 12′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

In a bedroom, choose a rug that will both act as a focal point in the room and provide a soft spot for your feet to land every morning.

9′ x 12′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

Go big or go home seems to be the rug shopping motto of interior designers, like Kate Watson-Smyth: “Buy the the biggest rug you can afford.”

Jean-Pierre Tortil: “I personally recommend buying a big rug. When people have small spaces, they tend to put apartment-size furniture and a small rug in the room. To me, that is wrong. (read the full article in Architectural Digest here)

Here’s a fun poll from One King’s Lane:

(we’re with the designers on this one!)

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