Tips for Choosing the Right Rug

I am redecorating my family room downstairs.  It all started with the need for a new couch, you see, we had had the other couch for over 12 years and I finally told my husband it was time to let it go!   After a few months of looking I finally found one I loved at a local furniture and decor store, Down to Earth.  Lucky for me they had one in stock  in the color I wanted. I went with a sectional, because it’s a large room and its mainly used for television watching and game playing.

 The next dilemma I had was finding a rug! I’ve had problems with this before.  Mostly it has to do with the price tag.  Rugs can be very expensive and it’s something I don’t love to spend money on, yet it can be the key element in the room. My living rom has hard wood floors and when we moved in the house I had to get something right away for this area.  Of course, after just purchasing a new house money is feeling tight and so I find something that I like, but don’t love and its too small.  Fast forward 3 years later and I want a new rug in this room! (I’m going to have to wait on that, one room at a time). 

I decided before I get a rug for room downstairs I would research and do it the right way this time.  Here are some tips I learned along the way.

Tips for buying a Rug:

1. Measure your room.   This will determine the size of rug you need.  If it’s a big space and you get an 8×10 size rug, you know before you get it home it will be too small. 

2. If the furniture is floating in the room you will need to go bigger, if it’s against the wall you can go a little smaller.  It makes the room look very choppy if the rug does not go all the way underneath the legs of the furniture if the room is large.

3. Make sure all the legs are evenly on the rug.  If you have a group setting with two chairs and a couch you don’t want the chair legs off the rug and the couch legs on it. 

4. Have 6-10 inches on either side of the sofa.  If you don’t, it will not look substantial enough and make the room feel off balance.

You can find more tips at Designbynumbers.com and also at StylebyEmilyhenderson.com.  She even has a great youtube video you can watch here.

There are so many styles of rugs. I tend to go with more neutral tones and low patterns, but with that being said I love rugs I see with bold colors.  If I make a purchase that I know I will be keeping for a long time I like to go with neutrals.  I pull color in with pillows and accent pieces that are easily switched out.

I had to try out a few different rugs before I found the one I picked.  I liked the color of the first one, but not the size.  It can be a pain to keep switching out a rug, but I promise it will be worth it when you find the one you love. 

As you can see the rug I picked is more neutral with a subtle pattern.  I feel like this is a rug I can keep around for a long time.



Here are some other examples of rugs I liked.  These rugs are from RugsUSA

200ACR129B200SBHAC13A rugsPicking a rug can be a stressful process, but if you just do a little research before hand it will help you find that perfect rug! I wish you the best when picking out rugs.  Just remember, size, color, pattern! 

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  1. Love the rug. Thanks for all the good advice. I think we do everything wrong. Lol

    • harmonyyoung2000@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Mom! These are just tips, in the end you have to do what works best for you!
      Love You,

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