Walk into any room. Does it feel comfortable or unfinished? Does everything tie together, or does it feel jarring?
Chances are, the difference is in the rug. As one of the biggest items in any room — larger than all the furniture and the art — the rug defines the room. The right rug can define your space, bring your design together, and warm it up for people to relax and linger. The wrong rug can look oddly out of place or contrast harshly with the rest of your room.
But choosing a rug could be a bear, with all the materials, sizes, colors, and patterns. And choosing rugs for a whole new house? Ugh! After doing that numerous times, I decided to jot down what I’ve learned, spoke with several rug makers, and looked at how we live today. Finally, I also read up on what the world’s top designers suggested (which I summarized here).
In the end, I came up with these simple, room-by-room guidelines on how to choose an area rug for your new house.