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)
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.
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.