Interior Motive: Shopping for a New Area Rug

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The time has come for me to buy a new area rug for my living room space. I have hard wood floors and a large white shag rug in the middle that has been pretty much run down. The condition isn’t horrible, but it’s hard to keep clean and the underlining is pretty much a mess. My budget for a new one is about $150-$200 and I’m hoping to find one that fits my style perfectly. I’ve gravitated towards geometric shapes with a background color of white or off-white. Here are 7 styles I’m currently loving. (image via pinterest)

  1. 1. Radiante Lanterns Ikat Rug
  2. 2. Lulu & Georgia Delaney Rug, Sweet Cream
  3. 3. Ikea Sillerup Rug $129
  4. 4. Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide $225
  5. 5. Lulu & Georgia Tamira Reversible Rug, Bubblegum
  6. 6. World Market Diamonds Low-Profile Indoor Outdoor Area Rug
  7. 7. Savannah Moroccan Diamonds Shag Rug

For you guys who are also looking for a new rug or never had one and want to invest in one, here are some good sizing tips from designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren.

Size
For Dining Rooms: I always take the size of the surface of your dining room table and add 6 feet to it. So, if your table is 3′ x 6′, I would start looking at a 9′ x 12′ carpet. This is important because it means that your dining chairs will still have all four legs on the rug, even when they’re pulled away from the table.

For Living Rooms: Once again, take a good look at where the legs of your furniture land. At minimum, I would want the front legs of all furniture in the seating area to be placed on the carpet. Ideally, I like to have the back legs on the rug if possible, to help unify the space. It’s a pet peeve of mine when I see a carpet floating in the middle of a room with only the cocktail table actually on it. It just doesn’t feel “done” to me.

For Bedrooms. The best rule to keep in mind for your bedroom is that a majority of your rug will be under your bed. Depending on the layout of your room, I like to see between 3 and 4 feet of carpet exposed on all 3 sides of the bed.

Here is the link to the article if you’d like to read more on his tips.

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